Bariatu Smith is a Senior Clinical Study Manager with the Henry M. Jackson Foundation, Contractor to National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), National Institutes of Health (NIH). She provides scientific and operational support towards development and implementation of the national research agenda to address the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)/Acquired Immune Deficiency (AIDS) epidemic. In her prior position as a government employee at the NIH, her work contributed towards increasing basic knowledge of the pathogenesis and transmission of the HIV virus (HIV), supporting the development of therapies for HIV infection, vaccines and prevention strategies. In this role she facilitated clinical research of the scientific programs of the Division of AIDS, through oversight of clinical site capabilities and overall performance. She has travelled to many poor resource limited countries plagued with the AIDS epidemic, with a focus to teach and educate the locals on HIV prevention measures and to assess compliance to U.S federal regulations and policies.
Her love for people, especially the sick and the poor pushed her towards a career in the health care sector. She is a trained Critical Care Nurse with a Bachelors of Science degree in Nursing and a Masters degree from Georgetown University. During her years at Georgetown University Hospital as a staff nurse as well as a clinical research coordinator, she became very interested in integrated health care systems and global health in general. As a result she has coordinated numerous pharmaceutical and investigator initiated clinical trials leading to journal publications, drug development and licensure for use.