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Christopher C. Schmidt
Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon  

About Dr.Schmidt


Christopher C. Schmidt, MD is a fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon specializing in disorders of the shoulder, elbow and hand.He recently accepted a position as Director of Shoulder Surgery for Orthopaedic Specialists-UPMC. 

He started practicing upper extremity surgery in 1996; he returned back to the Pittsburgh area in 2000. Prior to coming back to Pittsburgh, Dr. Schmidt was a faculty member at the Ohio State University and Director of Upper Extremity for the Mt. Carmel Orthopedic Residency Program. Currently, Dr. Schmidt is involved with teaching family practice residents, and orthopaedic upper extremity fellows from University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Washington Hospitals. He also runs an upper extremity biomechanical project at the University of Pittsburgh School of Engineering.

Dr. Schmidt has been in the forefront in the treatment of ligament, tendon, bone, and nerve injuries, and arthritic joint conditions. He was one of the first physicians in Pittsburgh to perform anatomic distal biceps reattachments, all arthroscopic rotator cuff repairs, and reverse total shoulder replacements. Dr. Schmidt performs arthroscopic and joint replacement surgery for the shoulder, elbow, wrist, and hand. He also treats common ailments such as carpal and cubital tunnel syndrome, Dupuytren's contracture, basal joint arthritis, biceps and triceps ruptures, rotator cuff tears, shoulder and elbow arthritis, complex fractures etc. 

He has published numerous peer review articles and book chapters. Dr. Schmidt has won national awards for his work on tendon and ligament injuries, such as the "O'Donoghue Sports Injury Research Award" given by the American Orthopedic Society of Sports Medicine and nominated for the 2011 "Charles S. Neer Award" given by the American Soiety of Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons. He has also 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 an active member in both the American Society of Surgery of the Hand and the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons.

Dr. Schmidt's particular areas of interest involve: 1.) Arthroscopic techniques, 2.) Joint replacements, 3.) Tendon ligament and nerve repairs, and 4.) Fracture care of the shoulder, elbow, and hand.

Dr. Schmidt is currently seeing patients in the South and North Hills of Pittsburgh and in Washington county.