Executive Director - El Futuro
Luke Smith, MD is the Executive Director of El Futuro, a nonprofit behavioral health agency offering outpatient services to the Latino population in the Piedmont region of North Carolina.
He is a practicing Spanish-bilingual psychiatrist who is boarded in Child/Adolescent and General Psychiatry. In 2004 he led the creation of El Futuro in order to address the unmet need of bringing accessible behavioral health services to the growing Latino community in North Carolina. Luke brings not only clinical experience but also over 14 years of developing the work of El Futuro. With steady growth and innovative funding approaches, El Futuro now serves approximately 1,700 individuals each year from 20 counties. Psychiatry residents, Family Medicine residents, medical students, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner students, Social Work students, and Psychology doctoral students all train under Dr. Smith and his colleagues to learn practical psychiatric care and implementation of effective service delivery.
Under his watch, El Futuro has maintained a careful focus on patient engagement and participated in four successful multi-year community based research projects funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and Patient Centered Outcome Research Institute (PCORI).