Michael L Schmitz, MD

Orthopaedic Surgeon





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.


Childrens Physician Group - Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine

Childrens at Meridian Mark, 5445 Meridian Mark Rd NE Ste 250
Atlanta, GA 30342
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Childrens Physician Group - Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine

Childrens at Fayette, 1265 Highway 54 W Ste 200
Fayetteville, GA 30214
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Childrens Physician Group - Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine

Childrens at Old Milton Parkwy, 3300 Old Milton Pkwy Ste 310
Alpharetta, GA 30005
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Childrens Physician Group - Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine

Childrens at Forsyth, 410 Peachtree Parkway Bldg 300 Suite 300
Cumming, GA 30041
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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

Professional Affiliations

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • American Medical Association
  • Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, Pediatric Chiefs Alliance; Quality, Safety and Value Committee; Practice Management Committee
  • Scoliosis Research Society, Nonoperative Treatment Committee, Safety and Value Committee
  • Association of Children's Prosthetics and Orthotics Clinics
  • Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society
  • Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics, Editorial Review Board
  • Pediatric Spine Study Group

Research Interests

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


Meet Dr. Schmitz

Michael Schmitz, MD, is the Chief of Orthopedics at Children's and he is also a father. Dr. Schmitz understands that parents only want the best for their child or teen. Watch Dr. Schmitz describe why it matters where you take your child.

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Lauren's Story

At age six, Lauren was diagnosed with scoliosis. Six years later, she had spinal fusion surgery at Children's.

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Meet Breanna

Breanna had two aggressive, severe curves in her spine. Bracing was not an option. Breanna would need surgery.

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Mei's Story

With limb deficiency in both arms and legs, Mei is showing his family how to overcome challenges. In his three short years, Mei Deavers has adapted to more than most adults have.

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Scoliosis Treatment Makes Twins Taller, Stronger

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.