Ronnie R Smith, M.D., has performed gastrointestinal endoscopies for over 25 years and has a “passion” for the prevention of colorectal and esophageal cancers. He is a member of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE). The ASGE is the only medical society that requires documentation of specific training in GI endoscopic procedures. This means that having an ASGE member perform your endoscopy ensures that you are in the hands of someone who is highly trained.

Physicians who are members of the ASGE have specialized training in endoscopic procedures of the digestive tract, including upper GI endoscopy and colonoscopy. ASGE members undergo a rigorous application and screening process and are recognized by the medical community as knowledgeable, experienced experts in gastrointestinal endoscopy.

Graduate of University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia

  • Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, 1971​
  • Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Fraternities
  • Magna Cum Laude

Graduate of Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, Georgia

  • Doctor of Medicine, 1975
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Fraternity

Graduate of the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

  • Executive Medical Management Program 1993

General Internal Medicine Residency / Memorial Medical Center / Savannah, Georgia 1975-1978
Subspecialty Rotations During Residency

  • Cardiology, Pulmonology, Nephrology, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee
  • Medical Chest at Harvard Boston, Massachusetts
  • Intensive/Critical Care at Stanford University, Palo Alto, California

Post-residency Electives/Study in Echocardiography

  • Echocardiography Elective with Joel Felner, MD., Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, August- September 1978
  • Echocardiography (general, stress echo, and transesophageal echo) under Harvey Feigenbaum, M.D., Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana, 1990

Diplomat The American Board of Internal Medicine, 1978 Certificate No. 66668
Diplomat The American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians 1995 Certificate No. 45715

Founder President 

  • Successful Solutions, Inc., Vidalia, Georgia, 1983-1998

Founder/Senior Partner

  • Vidalia Medical Associates, P.C. ,Vidalia, Georgia, 1978-Present

Founder/Medical Director 

  • The Family Health Center of Toombs County, Vidalia, Georgia, 1991-June 1997
  • Glenwood Medical Center, Glenwood, Georgia, 1991-June 1997
    *A State of Georgia approved remote clinical practice site Cofounder/Managing Partner
  • Southeast Georgia Diagnostic and Prevention Center, Vidalia, Georgia, 1986-Present

Cofounder/Managing Partner

  • The Endoscopy Center of Southeast Georgia, Inc., Vidalia, Georgia, 1993-Present
  • Regional Diagnostics, Vidalia, Georgia, 1984-1992

Past Chief-of-Staff

  • Meadows Regional Medical Center, Vidalia, Georgia / Multiple years

Board of Directors

  • American Cancer Society, Georgia Division, 1986-1988
  • Meadows Regional Medical Center, Vidalia, Georgia, 1993-1996
  • First National Bank, Vidalia, Georgia 
  • First Union Bank, Vidalia, Georgia 


  • Medical Association of Georgia, 1978-Prsent
  • Georgia Hospital Association, Associate member 1992-1998
  • The American College of Physician Executives, 1993-Present
  • Board of Directors of American Cancer Society, Georgia Division, 1986-1988
  • Board of Directors, Meadows Regional Medical Center, Vidalia, Georgia, 1993-1996
  • Member American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, March 2003

Other Activities

  • Associate Professor of Medicine Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, Georgia, 1990-Present
  • Technical Advisor Collaborative Approach to Resource Effectiveness Program Georgia Hospital Association, 1993-1994
  • Speaker at the Zitter Group’s 3rd annual Congress on Health Outcomes and Accountability held in San Francisco, California, 1996
  • Speaker for the Georgia Chapter of Healthcare Financial Management Association’s Fall Meeting, Savannah, Georgia​ 1996