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Leadership Team

Preston Smith, JD, FACHE


Preston brings over twenty years of healthcare leadership experience to Premier Anesthesia and is board certified in healthcare management as a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. Preston began his career as a healthcare attorney representing hospitals and medical practices – specializing in hospital law, medical malpractice defense, physician practices, dispute resolution, and litigation. He also served as a Senator in the Georgia General Assembly for four consecutive terms and was the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. As a result of his patient-centered advocacy and healthcare reforms, Preston was designated Legislator of the Year by a broad spectrum of healthcare organizations. He was named to the list of 100 Most Influential Georgians by Georgia Trend and was ranked number one by the American Justice Partnership as a National Hero of the legal reform movement. Preston originally joined the Jackson Healthcare family of companies as President of Tyler & Company, a healthcare executive search firm focused on recruiting senior leadership for healthcare systems, hospitals, and medical practices. Prior to joining Jackson Healthcare, Preston was President of Anesthesia at a national, multi-specialty professional medical service company, later holding the roles of Chief Revenue Officer and Chief Compliance Officer for its parent company.