Michael L Schmitz, MD

Orthopaedic Surgeon

Gender

Male

Language

English

Dr. Schmitz is the Chief of Orthopaedics at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. He also serves as the Co-Director of the Spasticity and Limb Deficiency clinics at Children's as well as the 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 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 of the spasticity clinic. He has led symposia at national and international meetings on limb deficiency topics.

Dr. Schmitz also works with a mission organization called Childspring International. This organization brings children and adolescents with various orthopaedic 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 such as 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.

Away from the hospital, he enjoys wakeboarding, mountain biking, XTERRA racing and snowboarding with his family.

Locations

Childrens Physician Group Orthopaedics

5445 Meridian Mark Rd NE, Ste 250
Atlanta, GA 30342
Get Directions 404-255-1933

Childrens Physician Group Orthopaedics

1265 Highway 54 W, Ste 200
Fayetteville, GA 30214
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Childrens Physician Group Orthopaedics

3300 Old Milton Pkwy, Ste 310
Alpharetta, GA 30005
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Childrens Physician Group Orthopaedics

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
  • Scoliosis Research Society
  • Association of Children's Prosthetics and Orthotics Clinics
  • Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society

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

Media

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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