Michael Schmitz, MD, is the Chief of Orthopaedics at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. He also serves as Co-Director of the Spasticity and Limb Deficiency clinics at Children's, as well as Medical Director of the Fracture Program.
Dr. Schmitz’s area of clinical expertise is complex spinal deformity, congenital and traumatic limb deficiencies, cerebral palsy and complex fractures. He is an innovator in the use of intraoperative navigation for spine surgery and nonoperative treatment of scoliosis, as well as curve modulation technologies, including Veptr and MAGEC rods for early onset scoliosis. He also holds a patent for a widely used spinal deformity correction device. Dr. Schmitz is an active member of the Neuromuscular Program at Children's and a leader in the Spasticity Clinic. He has led symposia at national and international meetings on limb deficiency topics.
Dr. Schmitz also works with Childspring International, a mission-driven organization that brings children and adolescents with various orthopedic conditions from underprivileged countries to the U.S. for treatment. Dr. Schmitz is the affiliated surgeon faculty at the Center for Pediatric Locomotion Sciences at Georgia State University. The center's goal is to perform innovative, interdisciplinary research to improve the lives of children and adolescents with mobility disorders like limb deficiencies or gait abnormalities. He also participates in the Clinical Research Oversite Committee and is a member of the review team for Children's Center for Pediatric Healthcare Technology Innovation at Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Schmitz is a consulting associate for the Duke University Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.
In his free time, he enjoys wakeboarding, mountain biking, XTERRA racing and snowboarding with his family.
Focus of Practice
- Spinal care
- Limb deformity and deficiency
- Orthopaedic manifestations of neuromuscular disease
Areas of Interest
- Complex spinal deformities, including early-onset scoliosis
- Limb deficiency
- Cerebral palsy
- Orthopaedic trauma
Research & Publications
Brace treatment for idiopathic scoliosis, Use of an evidence-based pathway for postoperative management after spinal fusion for scoliosis, Evaluation of femur fractures in children younger than three years of age, Optimization of care fracture pathways for supracondylar and femur fractures in children and adolescents
In the News
A scoliosis diagnosis led twins Leyla and Maya Warren to Children’s, and with the help and expertise of Dr. Michael Schmitz, they are thriving today.
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