Michael L Schmitz, MD

Orthopaedic Surgeon


Primary Specialty

Orthopedic Surgery

Leadership Titles

Chief, Orthopaedic Program


Board Certification
Am Bd Orthopaedic Surgery
Medical School:
Boston University School of Medicine
Boston University School of Medicine
Boston University School of Medicine
Childrens at Scottish Rite


Pubmed Profile




Michael Schmitz, MD, is the Chief of Orthopaedics at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. He also serves as Co-Director of the Spasticity clinic 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.

Learn more about Dr. Schmitz's research.

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


Childrens Physician Group - Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine

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

Childrens Physician Group - Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine

Childrens at Old Milton Parkwy, 3300 Old Milton Pkwy Ste 310 Alpharetta, GA 30005 Get Directions 404-255-1933

Childrens Physician Group - Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine

Childrens at Forsyth, 410 Peachtree Parkway Bldg 300 Suite 300 Cumming, GA 30041 Get Directions 404-255-1933

Childrens Physician Group - Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine

Childrens at Fayette, 1250 Highway 54 West Suite 200 Fayetteville, GA 30214 Get Directions 404-255-1933

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