Smriti Khare, MD

Senior Vice President and Chief Mental and Behavioral Health Officer

Smriti Khare, MD, President, Primary Care and Executive Vice President

Dr. Smriti Khare is the first chief mental and behavioral health officer for Children’s Wisconsin, a nationally ranked pediatric hospital and Wisconsin’s only health care system dedicated 100% to kids and teens. In this role, she leads Children’s mental and behavioral services statewide, and works to address mental health needs sooner, improve access to care and reduce stigma around mental and behavioral health care.

Since Children’s launched the expansion of its mental and behavioral health efforts in 2018, Dr. Khare has been a passionate champion for these services. In addition to all of this, Dr. Khare also co-leads the work in digital health and inclusion, diversity and equity for the system.

Dr. Khare most recently served as Children’s president of Primary Care for 10 years. In this role, she provided leadership and direction for 24 pediatric primary care and seven pediatric urgent care sites in southeastern Wisconsin, as well as a statewide network of mental and behavioral health providers. As an advocate for a fully integrated health care system, Dr. Khare will continue to integrate and make progress on aligning mental and behavioral health care with community, primary and specialty care services.

Dr. Khare earned her medical degree from Indira Gandhi Medical College in Nagpur, India, and she completed her pediatric residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Early in her career, she was an assistant professor of Pediatrics at the Medical College of Wisconsin and helped advance the hospitalist care model at Children’s. She began her pediatric primary care practice at Children’s Pavilion Pediatrics in 2001 and has since moved to Oak Creek Pediatrics.

As a practicing physician and leader who is passionate about providing the best and safest care, Dr. Khare has served as president of the Children’s Wisconsin Medical Staff, a member of the Children’s Wisconsin Physician Quality Advisory Committee, and as chair of the Children’s Wisconsin Credentials and Privileges Committee. She has served on the Children’s Medical Group (Children’s Wisconsin Primary Care) Board since 2006, and has been involved in pediatric resident and medical student education for more than 20 years. Always focused on improving the lives of children and teens, Dr. Khare volunteers her time as a member of the Board of Directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Milwaukee.