How To Select the Best Elbow Surgeon in Pittsburgh, PA

Dr. Christopher C. Schmidt, MD

Finding the best elbow surgeon in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, can seem overwhelming, especially if your injury is causing significant pain or limitation. With limited time to research options and only one chance to select the best surgeon, the decision can feel daunting. Here are some tips to ensure you make the right choice.

Prepare for Your Initial Visit

Before your first visit with an elbow surgeon, consider your expectations. What are your goals for the appointment?

  • Gather any information you have from your previous doctors’ visits, including your X-rays and other images.
  • Bring with you your treatment history, such as medications, physical therapy, injections, and surgical procedures.
  • Be prepared to tell your story. Helping the surgeon understand your condition; how it developed, and how it changed over time, can also help him or her better understand the issue and determine the best solution.

Consider These Important Factors

At your initial visit, don't be afraid to ask questions. Here are nine important questions to consider when choosing the best elbow surgeon for your condition:

  1. How many times has the surgeon performed the procedure you need?
  2. What were the outcomes and complication rates?
  3. How often does the surgeon’s name come up when you ask for recommendations from your primary care physician, family members, and friends?
  4. Did the surgeon train through a reputable orthopedic program?
  5. Is the surgeon fellowship-trained?
  6. Does the surgeon subspecialize?
  7. Is the surgeon personable?
  8. Do you feel comfortable asking him or her questions?
  9. Do you trust him or her?

Dr. Schmidt is an Acclaimed Elbow Surgeon Who Combines Unparalleled Expertise With a Patient-First Approach

Christopher C. Schmidt, MD, is widely recognized as one of the best elbow surgeons in the United States. Dr. Schmidt practices in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he specializes in Distal Biceps Tears and Triceps Tendon Ruptures. He is not only highly skilled and experienced but also possesses a warm and approachable manner. This combination has led his patients to acclaim him as one of Pennsylvania's Favorite Physicians (Patients' Choice).

If you’d like to meet Dr. Schmidt, contact his office at (877) 471-0935 to schedule a consultation at one of his convenient locations in the greater Pittsburgh, PA, area.

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Christopher C. Schmidt, MD, is nationally recognized as one of the “Best” Pittsburgh Shoulder Surgeons. As the Director of the Shoulder and Elbow Fellowship, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, he finds it rewarding to care for people in his community and help them return to the activities they enjoy as quickly as possible.

If you’d like to meet Dr. Schmidt, contact his office at (877) 471-0935 to schedule a consultation at one of his three locations in the greater Pittsburgh, PA, area.

Three Convenient Locations

North Hills - Pittsburgh Office

UPMC Passavant
9104 Babcock Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15237

Phone: 877-471-0935
Hours: Tuesdays, 7:30am to 12:30pm
Fridays, 8:00am to 12:00pm (every other)

South Hills - Bethel Park Office

UPMC South Hills
1300 Oxford Dr.
Bethel Park, PA 15102

Phone: 877-471-0935
Hours: Tuesdays, 1:30pm to 5:00pm


Washington Office

Advanced Surgical Hospital
100 Trich Drive, Suite #1
Washington, PA 15301

Phone: 877-471-0935
Hours: Thursdays, 7:30am to 4:00pm