Karen R. Smith, MD

Internal Medicine
105 Patriot Avenue Suite 202
Lafayette, LA 70508 Get Directions
Karen R. Smith, MD
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Annual Membership Fee

450.00 every 3 months
900.00 every 6 months
1,800.00 each year

My Philosophy and Approach to Wellness...

I believe a key component to happiness is good health. The best way to achieve better health is to have a doctor who knows you and cares about you and your health goals. 

My approach is to get to know you personally. I will sit with you, listen to you, assess your health, educate you and together we will formulate a plan specific to you work towards the best healthcare experience possible. 

I am a board certified internal medicine doctor with specific interest in early illness detection, preventive medicine, geriatric medicine, diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, heart disease and COPD. I limit the number of patients in my practice to ensure we have the time needed for your individualized care. Similar to conveniences often associated with concierge medicine practices, I also offer same- or next-day appointments that start on time. I admit my patients to Lafayette General Hospital and work with specialists as needed to give my patients full comprehensive care.

Dr. Smith's Credentials

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University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine
San Francisco, CA
Internal Medicine 1997-1999

Medical School:
University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine
San Francisco, CA
Doctorate of Medicine 1996

University of California
Berkeley, CA
Masters of Science, Health and Medical Sciences 1994

University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC
Bachelor of Science, Zoology 1986

American Board of Internal Medicine
Lafayette General Medical Center
Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center
Louisiana Extended Care Hospital
Top Doctor, Castle Connolly 2015-2024
Louisiana Physician EQ Health Capstone Quality Award 2010, 2011
Top 10 Internists in Lafayette, Rate MDs list 2012-present
H.P.V. Wilson Award, University of North Carolina 1986
University of California
- Medical Student Award, American Federation for Clinical Research 1994
- Excellence in Research Award, Western Student Medical Research Committee 1994
Pharmaceutical and Therapeutics Subcommittee, Lafayette General Medical Center 2013-present
Louisiana State Medical Society
Lafayette State Medical Society
Professional Interests
- Preventive and Wellness Care, cost containments in outpatient and inpatient care, Comprehensive Health Care and Geriatrics

Personal Interests
- Dogs, exercise, fresh air, sunrise, beaches, gardening and photography

Testimonials from patients of Dr. Smith

from Nancye in LA March 12, 2020 for Karen R. Smith, MD

I have many health issues, most of which I had when I first started seeing Dr. Smith. She does not give up on helping me solve many of these issues, though I do not always do what she expects. She has many ideas to help me get on track. I appreciate her dedication and the time she spends with me. I appreciate, as well, the speed with which her office reports test results to me. My husband is… See more

from Karen in LA March 10, 2020 for Karen R. Smith, MD

Dr. Smith makes you feel like you are her only patient. She listens carefully and asks pertinent questions that gives me the best medical attention. Always takes my call. I am healthy because she treats the whole patient; nutrition, exercise and any medical issues that need to be addressed. I hope she does not retire during my lifetime. Fabulous doctor!!

from Kathleen May 14, 2018 for Karen R. Smith, MD

Never too busy for me. Have her cell number in case of emergency (Christmas weekend and got a bladder infection.) Love the Cleveland clinic exam.

from Lucille (Cille) in LA March 4, 2018 for Karen R. Smith, MD

Dr. Smith it is my pleasure to have you as my doctor. I appreciate all you have done for me. The 2017 year was rough for me, but you took care of me and all my needs. I thank you and all of your staff for the excellent care provided to me. Thank you and GOD bless all of you.

from Katherine in LA March 2, 2018 for Karen R. Smith, MD

Dr. Karen is wonderful! She is compassionate, understanding and thorough. My office visits are always on time and handled with the utmost care. I love that we connect by text. It puts my health care in real time and allows us to check in with each other to evaluate if a treatment is working. I count Dr. Karen and her staff as a blessing and are grateful that they are on my health care team.… See more

from Greg in LA March 1, 2018 for Karen R. Smith, MD

I decided to begin with Dr. Smith after having chosen her as a Lafayette based physician available for my Mom as she was having to travel to her primary care physician. I was now able to go with Mom on her Dr. visits. I could tell the first time I meet her she was an extremely capable physician and a kind and caring person. I made the decision to ask her if she would consider me as a… See more

from George in LA March 1, 2018 for Karen R. Smith, MD

Dr. Karen R. Smith was my primary care physician before her association with MDVIP. I was disappointed when she announced that she was converting her practice. But, I didnt want to lose what I had. Reluctantly, I decided to give it a chance. The only change I was expecting was higher medical costs.

Well, I am getting from Dr. Smith and her very capable staff a level of service and… See more