“Providing quality care with compassion and empathy is my goal in serving persons with rheumatic disease. Listening is essential and vital when working together to decide best treatment approaches to enjoy optimum health outcomes.”

Board Certification

  • Physician Assistant

Area of Expertise

  • Rheumatology


Graduate School

Medical College of Georgia
Physician Assistant Studies
Summa Cum Laude
Augusta, GA

Undergraduate School

University of Georgia
Bachelor of Science in Biology
Cum Laude
Athens, GA

Professional Associations

American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA)
2015 – Present
1997 – Present

Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals (ARHP)
2000 – Present

Georgia Association of Physician Assistants (GAPA)

Georgia Society of Rheumatology (GSR)


“Postgraduate Physician Assistant Training” Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (2016)

“Rheumatology Lab” Clinical Advisor (2014)

Academic Appointment

Florida State University College of Medicine
School of Physician Assistant Practice
Teaching Faculty I and Founding Principal Faculty
2016 – Present

Personal Interests

Ben Smith, PA, loves to return home at the end of a busy day in clinic to his family to hear about the activities of the day. He enjoys baseball, golf, yard work, traveling to discover new locations and exploring his family history. Staying physical active is important. He is married to Leah, an RN. Ben and Leah have one son, Campbell, and one daughter, Anna Kate.


Benjamin J. Smith, PA-C, DFAAPA, is a physician assistant in Rheumatology at the McIntosh Clinic, P.C. in Thomasville, GA. He received a B.S. in Biology from the University of Georgia in 1997 (Cum Laude) and his PA degree in 1999 from the Medical College of Georgia (Summa Cum Laude).

His professional memberships include being a distinguished fellow member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) and a member of the Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals (ARHP), Georgia Association of Physician Assistants (GAPA), and the Georgia Society of Rheumatology (GSR).

He has served on several American College of Rheumatology (ACR)/ARHP task forces and committees and currently serves as the Rheumatology e-Bytes Scientific Editor. Mr. Smith was elected the 43rd ARHP President in November 2011, the first physician assistant to serve in this capacity. He was the first ARHP member to serve on the American College of Rheumatology Executive Committee. He is a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Rheumatology Board. Currently, he is the chair of the AAPA Commission on Continuing Professional Development and Education.

He works with his supervising physician, Dr. Victor McMillan.