Mayor of City of North Miami
Dr. Smith Joseph was born in Saint-Louis-du-Nord, Haiti. He completed his elementary studies in his native town and went on to achieve his secondary studies in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. In 1979, Dr. Joseph and his family migrated to the United States and settled in Miami, Florida. Thereafter, Dr. Joseph secured a diploma in Laboratory Technology and began employment as a lab technician specialist with the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital (UM/JMH). In 1988, Dr. Joseph earned an Associate degree in the Pre-Pharmacy program at Miami-Dade Community College. Upon graduating, Dr. Joseph went on to earn a Doctorate Degree in Pharmacy from Florida Agriculture and Mechanical University (FAMU) and is a proud “Rattler.” Dr. Joseph worked as a registered pharmacist at Walgreen’s Pharmacy and later accepted a position as a clinical pharmacist at the Miami Heart Institute in Miami Beach, Florida. In 1998, Dr. Joseph earned a degree in Osteopathic Medicine at Nova Southeastern University and went on to complete a 3-year residency program, with a specialty in Internal Medicine, at Grady Memorial Hospital/Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. In 2001, Dr. Joseph opened his professional medical practice on West Dixie Highway, in the heart of North Miami, where he has maintained a successful practice with a growing staff of about 10 employees. On November 4, 2014, Dr. Joseph became the first medical doctor to be elected “Mayor” in Miami-Dade, County.
Doctorate Degree, Osteopathic Medicine – Nova Southeastern University Doctorate Degree, Pharmacy – Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) Associate Degree in Pre-Pharmacy – Miami-Dade Community College
Mayor Joseph is a member of the Miami-Dade Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) formerly known as the Miami-Dade Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), which guides the transportation planning process in Miami-Dade County. As a member of the TPO, Mayor Joseph considers and approves plans for regional and state transportation network accessibility and ensures the planning and development of local highways, mass transit and other transportation facilities and services for the overall plan of urban development in Miami-Dade County. The TPO is currently considering a Rapid Transit “SMART” Plan for a rapid rail system and Mayor Joseph is fighting for North Miami to have a station which will potentially include jobs and local business growth along the train station. Mayor Joseph is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Miami-Dade County Beacon Council. As a board member, Mayor Joseph’s objective is to facilitate local, national and international business growth and expansion programs, helping companies of all sizes in diverse industries achieve their goals. Mayor Joseph hopes to foster national and international relationships to create local business opportunities for the residents of North Miami. Despite his busy professional and political career, Mayor Joseph is an active and concerned resident. He delivers scores of motivational speeches at local churches and local schools. In December 2016, Dr. Joseph was a keynote speaker and delivered a motivational commencement address Florida International University graduates. Mayor Joseph organized a rally and candlelight vigil in 2012 against gun violence following the shootings of young Trayvon Martin and the Sandy Hook Elementary children. Mayor Joseph was a co-founder of the Society of Haitian American Professionals (SHAP), providing networking support and training to South Florida’s professionals, and has served on the North Miami Community Redevelopment Agency Advisory Board and the City’s Quality Education Advisory Board.
Associations and Memberships
In 2009, Mayor Joseph was inducted in the Miami Dade College Hall of Fame and has received numerous honors and recognitions for his professional and civic accomplishments, including his medical missionary work during the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, the 2016 Hurricane Matthew relief in Haiti, and others in the bateys Dominican Republic. Mayor Joseph is a member of the American Medical Association, the American College of Physicians, the American Osteopathic Association, the American Board of Disability Analysts, Past President-Association of the Haitian Physicians Abroad (AMHE)-South Florida Chapter, and has been honored by the Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges.
Mayor of City of North Miami