Altarum Author: 

Lincoln Smith

Lincoln Smith
Lincoln Smith
President and Chief Executive Officer, Altarum Institute

Mr. Smith joined the organization when Altarum Institute purchased Vector Research Incorporated (VRI) in 2001. He previously served as President of VRI and as Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Altarum. As COO, he oversaw all Altarum research and consulting activities for the Institute.

Mr. Smith joined VRI in 1988 as a Systems Engineer, shortly after completing his master’s in industrial and operations engineering at the University of Michigan, where he was a National Science Foundation Graduate Studies Fellow. He worked in VRI’s national security and health business sectors. As a national security analyst at VRI, Mr. Smith developed and applied analytical methods to help military leaders make decisions about force design, equipment acquisition, mobilization, deployment, and arms control strategies.

Mr. Smith joined VRI’s health care practice in 1995, eventually serving as the Director of the Healthcare Planning Division. Major initiatives included the following:

  • An automated information system for tracking childhood immunizations throughout the state of Michigan. One of the few systems sanctioned by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this success made Michigan the first state in the United States to have a system deployed statewide to both public and private providers.
  • One-of-a-kind, enterprise-level health care simulation models to examine alternative system changes in health care.
  • A patient cohort simulation to investigate the cost and quality impacts of alternative disease management strategies for various chronic diseases.

Mr. Smith served as VRI’s Vice President and Director of Corporate Business Development from 1999 to 2000, when he became President of VRI. Smith is a member of the Altarum Board of Trustees.

Mr. Smith may be reached via e-mail at