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Christopher C. Schmidt
Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon  

About Dr.Schmidt


Christopher C. Schmidt M.D. is a nationally recognize top Pittsburgh Shoulder Surgeon. He serves as the Director of the Shoulder and Elbow Fellowship, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He specializes in rotator cuff tears, shoulder arthritis and instability.

Dr. Schmidt has published over 150 book chapters and peer-reviewed scientific articles / abstracts on rotator cuff repairs, shoulder replacements, distal biceps re-attachments, stem cells, growth factors, and soft tissue healing. His work is  published in respected orthopedic journals, like The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Arthroscopy, American Journal of Sports Medicine, Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery, Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, Journal of Hand Surgery, Journal of Orthopaedic Research, and Orthopedics Clinics of N America.

Dr. Schmidt was nominated twice for the Charles S. Neer Award, given by the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons. As acknowledgment for his research on growth factors, he was awarded the prestigious O’Donoghue Sports Injury Research Award, given by the American Orthopaedic Society of Sports Medicine. Further, his patients selected him as one of Pennsylvania’s Favorite Physicians and he was elected as a Top Doctor, one of the leading physicians of the world.

Dr. Schmidt participates in a number of educational and volunteer governance committees for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) and the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons. He was elected by his peers to serve as the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeon's representative on the AAOS Clinical Practice Guidelines Committee for Full Thickness Rotator Cuff Tears. The national guidelines are designed to improve patient care through evidence based medicine. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Society and on the editorial board for Operative Techniques in Orthopedics, and currently he is a reviewer for the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery. 

He is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Schmidt further is Director of Surgery Surgery - CMI and Co-heads the Shoulder and Elbow Laboratory for the Departments of Orthopaedic Surgery and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh.