Biography

Meic H. Schmidt, MD, MBA, FAANS, FACS is the Professor and Chair of Neurosurgery at the University of New Mexico. He was on faculty at the University of Utah under William T. Couldwell, MD, PhD for 14 years. There, he was the Vice Chair of the department. In 2016, Dr. Schmidt was appointed Professor and Chair of neurosurgery at the New York Medical College and founded the WMC Brain and Spine Institute. Dr. Schmidt’s main clinical focus is on management of patients with tumors and injuries to the spine and spinal cord. In addition, he sees patients with complex degenerative spine disease.

Personal Statement

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Dr. Schmidt graduated with a Bachelor in Psychology from the University of Utah. He then received his medical degree with Honors in Research for his work in Photodynamic Therapy from the Medical College of Wisconsin. After that he completed a neurosurgical residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Schmidt was able to receive funding via National Institutes of Health training grant for fellowship training at the University of California, San Francisco. There he completed back to back fellowships in Neuro-oncology and Spinal Surgery at the UCSF Brain Tumor Research Center and the Department of Neurological Surgery. Dr. Schmidt completed the executive MBA at David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah.

Areas of Specialty

• Complex, minimally invasive & endoscopic spine surgery for tumors, trauma and degenerative spine disease
• Microsurgery for tumors and vascular malformations of the spinal cord
• Surgery for brain and spine trauma

Certifications

• American Board of Neurological
• Surgery (ABNS)

Achievements & Awards

Internationally known for his role in establishing a new thoracoscopic spine surgery technique for tumors and fractures. He has a longstanding basic science and clinical research interest in Fluorescence and Photodynamic Therapy research for brain, pituitary and spinal tumors. He has been funded by the American Cancer Society and NASA. He was awarded the NASA Space Technology Research Award for his work using LED technology in the treatment of cancer with photodynamic therapy. His research and clinical work have resulted in over 200 peer reviewed manuscripts, chapters and books.

Gender

Male

Languages

  • English
  • German
  • French

Research

Dr. Schmidt's research interests include investigating the benefits of minimally invasive spinal surgery for metastatic tumors, and the development of health outcome and quality of care measures.

Research and Scholarship

Dr. Schmidt's research interests include investigating the benefits of minimally invasive spinal surgery for metastatic tumors, and the development of health outcome and quality of care measures.