Patient Rating:

4.5 out of 5

91 Patient Ratings
70 Patient Comments

Richard H. Schmidt, M.D., Ph.D.

Patient Rating:

4.5 out of 5

91 Patient Ratings
70 Patient Comments

Clinical Details

Schedule An Appointment Clinical Office Address
(801) 585-6065 Clinical Neurosciences Center
175 North Medical Drive East
Salt Lake City, UT 84132
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Bio

Dr. Schmidt has been a cerebral vascular neurosurgeon at the University of Utah since 1993, providing comprehensive care of patients with vascular malformations, cerebral aneurysms and angiomas. He was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and received his undergraduate education at Brown University. He earned his MD and PhD at the University of Iowa and did his residency in neurosurgery at the University of Washington in Seatle. In addition, Dr. Schmidt did postdoctoral research in neural plasticity and transplantation at Lunds University in Sweden and a year of neurosurgery training in London. He also has a major clinical interest in Chiari malformation, complex hydrocephalus, intraventricular lesions and complex intracranial problems. He is co-director of the Neurological Critical Care Unit and also serves on the University of Utah Trauma Committee. He is the recipient of the Neurotrauma and Critical Care Award from the Congress of Neurological Surgeons/American Association of Neurological Surgeons. He has authored over 30 papers and is a member of numerous professional societies.

Dr. Schmidt provides consultation and management for patients with AVMs, aneurysms, cavernous angiomas, meningiomas, hydrocephalus, Chiari malformations and other cerebral problems.

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Neurosurgery - Associate Professor
Academic Divisions Adult Neurosurgery
Board Certification American Board of Neurological Surgery (Neurosurg)

Patient Ratings

The Patient Rating score is an average of all responses to care provider related questions on our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

Likelihood of recommending care provider
4.7
My confidence in care provider
4.7
Time care provider spent with me
4.6
Care provider spoke using clear language
4.7
Care provider's effort to include me in decisions
4.5
Care provider's concern for questions & worries
4.5
Care provider's explanation of condition/problem
4.5
Wait time at clinic
3.9
Care provider's friendliness and courtesy
4.5

Patient Comments

Patient comments are gathered from our Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey and displayed in their entirety. Patients are de-identified for confidentiality and patient privacy.

October 15, 2014

This care provider acted like he did not take my concerns seriously. He also treated me as if visiting with me was a burden. When I offered a word of criticism concerning his staff and suggested that I should be scheduled for more regular appointments if I had to move heaven and earth to get in to see him, he got offended and was quick to excuse his staff's inexcusable negligence. He totally missed the point of what I was trying to convey. As a result, he offended and angered both my wife and myself, and we will not be returning to see him again.

October 02, 2014

I have recommended Dr Schmitt to many.He saved my life

September 27, 2014

My wait for Dr. Schmidt was much shorter than in previous years. Everything went smoothly!

September 27, 2014

Very impressed with Dr. Richard Schmidt in every way!

August 30, 2014

I didn't get any information about follow-up care, or how long the recovery might be after leaving the hospital, or what would be expected for caregiving...I was given the amount of time it would take for the surgery and how long I would be in the hospital, but no other time frames.

July 31, 2014

wonderful experience. I feel like I am in great hands and I felt validated and my concerns were treated as important.

July 10, 2014

Always a good experience.

July 06, 2014

Very reassuring care

June 13, 2014

very professional

May 25, 2014

I would consider 'very good' to be a very lame description of my visit with Dr. Schmidt. The questions he asked in response to things I said were very appropriate to what I had said. He explanations of the MRI's were detailed and easily understood. He explained my options with both pro's and con's for each option. He treated me with respect and an easy attitude. He relieved some of my anxieties about the upcoming surgery. I would have described the visit as fantastic!

April 18, 2014

Dr Schmidt had an unprofessional beside manner. He ordered an MRI that was just recently performed, the same exact scan. It was suggested by the tech that any future MRI'S be performed under sedation. I informed him of that. He interrupted me as well as my sister saying that sedation wouldn't be necessary. However he didn't question why sedation would be necessary. He didn't seem to have my best interests in mind. He was downright rude.

April 14, 2014

Dr. Schmidt was GREAT!!!

April 03, 2014

Dr. Richard Schmidt is wonderful. Not only did he do my neck surgery years ago, but he's the only physician I care to talk to about my spine. His expertise is truly appreciated by me, and I know I'm in good hands when I see him.

March 22, 2014

I feel very fortunate to have Dr. Schmidt as my surgeon. His concern and interest in my situation reduces my anxiety in regard to the upcoming surgery as does the knowledge and experience Dr. Schmidt certainly possesses.

March 14, 2014

I have great confidence in Dr Schmidt. He has provided excellent care. I appreciate his knowledge, expertise, and willingness to take the time needed to explain things to me.

March 01, 2014

My challenge when going is remembering things to ask about. I don't talk much about day to day challenges, so he does not really know what I am doing on an ongoing basis. He encouraged me to exercise as much as I can, etc. I see my regular doctor more often and he is more familiar with my day to day challenges.

March 01, 2014

the doctor was very nice and thorough, and showed me my scan and explained what he saw.

February 22, 2014

dr. Schmidt was very kind to answer my questions, and help me understand some of the things going on with my spinal cord. found the visit helpful. thanks.

February 03, 2014

Greatly appreciate Dr. Schmidt and Allison. Always answer my questions.

February 01, 2014

Dr. Is the best I've seen for this problem. Recommending you to everyone.

January 19, 2014

no problems

January 18, 2014

The doctor did an excellent job of reviewing the medical material and explaining what needed to be done.

January 17, 2014

Dr. Schmidt is awesome!

January 15, 2014

Dr. Schmidt is the best!

December 27, 2013

Allready recommended him Dr is a saint

December 26, 2013

I am still confused on everything that happened and obviously do not understand how things work.I appreciate the concern and decisions made by the physician. I feel a great deal of ease in knowing he is at the top of his field.

December 21, 2013

Dr. Schmidt and his MA were very approachable and nice. Dr. Schmidt clearly wanted me at ease, and I was very glad we decided together that surgery was not an option at this point. I felt very comfortable with everyone I interacted with.

December 11, 2013

Dr Schmidt is very kind took the time to review my scan with me and answered all of my quesitions.

December 07, 2013

I REALLY appreciate the time and knowledge that Dr. Schmidt shared with me! I have complete confidence in his opinions as to my condition and how I should proceed with my care!!!!!

November 25, 2013

He does a great job, very confindent in his abilities to communicate and knowledge about his profession.

November 11, 2013

We went in hoping to get assistance with locating and treating pain, and he provided little or no help. He seemed not interested.

October 15, 2013

I felt that my questions were not answered. I had specific questions that I asked but all I got was a vague non committal, I am not sure if this is because my condition or if he was just distracted but I felt pushed out before I got answers.

September 30, 2013

Dr Schmidt has re-earned my appreciation for his thorough assessments

September 20, 2013

Dr. Schmidt has been a great caring doctor. We have known him since my diagnosis and I have referred many patients to him. I am very grateful for the way he has cared for me over the years. I hope to continue my care with him.

September 09, 2013

Dr. Schmidt was much more friendly this past visit than ever before. It was a routine follow-up, so there were no specific worries to discuss.

August 12, 2013

It was a very good experience

July 26, 2013

ALL GOOD

July 22, 2013

Dr. Richard Schmidt is very confident and encouraging! He answered all of my questions, explained me better about my diagnosis and my treatment option. He is very friendly and also very open & honest to discuss with my concerns.

July 22, 2013

I was very impressed with Dr. Schmidt. I appreciated him taking time to really explain my problem and giving me options. I will be scheduling my surgery as soon as I can make arrangements for me husband to be taken care of.

July 15, 2013

Dr. Schmidt is excellent he took the time to review my post op CT scan and answered my questions. He took very good care of me during surgery.

June 24, 2013

Dr. Schimdt spends good time with me and answers my questions. He explains things very well.

June 24, 2013

EXCELLENT.

June 11, 2013

Dr Schmidt is caring and kind, answers all questions. Didn't seem rushed. I have full confidence in him.

June 03, 2013

The service was fine.

May 29, 2013

I have the utmost confidence in Dr. Schmidt

May 04, 2013

Good experience

April 29, 2013

I left the office with no clear answers about my condition

April 28, 2013

Dr. Schmidt is the best Neurosurgeon I have found. When my insurance did not cover him, I found that out the hard way.

April 22, 2013

Dr. Schmidt is very competent, personable, easy to understand, and efficient.

April 08, 2013

Dr. Schmidt was humble, kind and caring. Not at all arrogant or condescending. Thoroughly liked and appreciated him and his manners.

March 19, 2013

Dr. Schmidt has my utmost confidence. He has shown availability, explaned everything to my understanding

March 18, 2013

Great staff you have

March 05, 2013

Dr. Schmidt agreed to see me in between surgical cases and did a very complete exam and calmed my worries about the meninigioma that was just discovered on my MRI. He took the time to explain the findings on the scan to me and the treatment options.

March 04, 2013

I have chiari, and it has been such a struggle to find healing- I have great confidence in Dr. Schmidt as a neurosurgeon, but I don't know that I have great confidence in anyone right now as far as my chiari is concerned. Right now treatment is just trial and error, and I appreciate Dr. Schmidt's willingness to at least try to figure out my problems and find a solution.

March 04, 2013

I appreciated that he looked at the CT scans before coming in to see me, but it would have been nice to know that that was what he was doing.

November 19, 2012

Thanks for the great experience

October 08, 2012

I was very impressed with the time he took to answer my questions. It was also helpful that he too suffers from migraine headaches, I felt he could "relate" to me.

August 27, 2012

Dr Schmidt was wonderful. Very personable and informative . He clearly explained and showed us the findings on the MRI and put our minds at ease. He also has a great sense of humor!

August 27, 2012

I love Dr. Schmidt! Being a care provider myself, I have high expectations and Dr. Schmidt always exceeds those expectations. Dr. Schmidt is positive and he quietly and in an unassuming way helped me beyond belief. The words on this page seem inadequate to say how his knowlege and expertise helped me resume my normal life.

August 21, 2012

He took so much time explaining it to me and then we decided together if I should do the surgory or not. I didn't understand what was wrong with me at first and he made me completely understand what it was and how to fix it.

August 13, 2012

I found every aspect of my visit very good. He has been willing to take the time needed to answer all questions, and explain everything very well.

July 03, 2012

Our Niece thinks very highly of Dr. Schmidt and we can readily see why. He has given us nothing but the best information and treatment.

April 26, 2012

Dr. Schmidt is very professional and serious. I am always laughing and joking...that is how I deal with my problems. I cannot get even a smile out of him. He is great!

April 25, 2012

I felt good with his concern and confidence in his accessment! Helpful not in a hurry! And I felt important!

March 30, 2012

Both the Doctor and the NP were the best. They both were greatly appreciated. Their personal interest in the problem was impressive. Thank You!

March 29, 2012

The provider was excellent in talking to us and making sure that both of us were understanding his explanations.

February 29, 2012

I wasn't listened to about my concerns, they got brushed off and pushed to the side.

February 22, 2012

Not all of these questions pertained to my recent visit and for that reason I decided not to respond.

February 08, 2012

Very positive experience!! Felt MD was very patient with everything and not rushed.

January 12, 2012

I felt like I wasn't getting my concerns heard.

Academic Profile

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Neurosurgery - Associate Professor
Academic Divisions Adult Neurosurgery
Board Certification American Board of Neurological Surgery (Neurosurg)

Academic Office Locations

Academic Office Phone Number Academic Office Address
(801) 581-6908 Clinical Neurosciences Center
Neurosurgery
175 North Medical Drive East
Salt Lake City, UT 84132

Academic Bio

Academic Departments Neurosurgery - Associate Professor

Academic Divisions Adult Neurosurgery

Board Certification American Board of Neurological Surgery (Neurosurg)

Education HistoryType School Degree

Residency University of Washington

Neurosurgery Resident

Chief Resident University of Washington

Neurosurgery Chief Resident

Fellowship Atkinson Morely's Hospital

Neurosurgery Fellow

Internship University of Washington

Neurosurgery Intern

Professional Medical University of Iowa

Medicine M.D.

Postdoctoral Fellowship University of Lund

Postdoctoral Fellow

Doctoral Training University of Iowa

Pharmacology Ph.D.

Undergraduate Brown University

A.B.

Clinical TrialsClot Lysis: Evaluating Accelerated Resolution of Intraventricular Hemorrhage Phase III (CLEAR III)

Education

Education History

Type School Degree
Residency University of Washington
Neurosurgery
Resident
Chief Resident University of Washington
Neurosurgery
Chief Resident
Fellowship Atkinson Morely's Hospital
Neurosurgery
Fellow
Internship University of Washington
Neurosurgery
Intern
Professional Medical University of Iowa
Medicine
M.D.
Postdoctoral Fellowship University of Lund
Postdoctoral Fellow
Doctoral Training University of Iowa
Pharmacology
Ph.D.
Undergraduate Brown University
A.B.

Publications

Selected Provider Publications

Journal Article

  1. Diedrich KT, Roberts JA, Schmidt RH, Parker DL (2012). Comparing performance of centerline algorithms for quantitative assessment of brain vascular anatomy. Anat Rec (Hoboken), 295(12), 2179-90.
  2. Diedrich KT, Roberts JA, Schmidt RH, Kang CK, Cho ZH, Parker DL (2011). Validation of an arterial tortuosity measure with application to hypertension collection of clinical hypertensive patients. BMC Bioinformatics, 12 Suppl 10, S15.
  3. La Barge DV 3rd, Bishop FS, Stevens EA, Eskandari R, Schmidt RH, Skalabrin EJ, Ng PP (2009). Intrasinus catheter-directed heparin infusion in the treatment of dural venous sinus thrombosis. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol, 30(9), 1672-8.
  4. Liu JK, Gottfried ON, Salzman KL, Schmidt RH, Couldwell WT (2008). Ruptured intracranial dermoid cysts: clinical, radiographic, and surgical features. Neurosurgery, 62(2), 377-84; discussion 384.
  5. Ragel BT, Browd SR, Schmidt RH (2006). Surgical shunt infection: significant reduction when using intraventricular and systemic antibiotic agents. J Neurosurg, 105(2), 242-7.
  6. Amini A Schmidt RH (2005). Endoscopic third ventriculostomy in a series of 36 adult patients. Neurosurg Focus, 19(6), E9.
  7. Klimo P Jr, Kestle JR, MacDonald JD, Schmidt RH (2004). Marked reduction of cerebral vasospasm with lumbar drainage of cerebrospinal fluid after subarachnoid hemorrhage. J Neurosurg, 100(2), 215-24.
  8. Schmidt RH, MacDonald JD, Klimo P (2004). Response to Vasospasm Editorial. J Neurosurg, 100(2), 208-209.
  9. Klimo P Jr, Rao G, Schmidt R, Schmidt MH (2003). Nerve sheath tumors involving the sacrum Case report and classification scheme. Neurosurgical Focus, 15(2), E4.
  10. Schmidt RH, Scholten KJ, Maughan PH (2000). Cognitive impairment and synaptosomal choline uptake in rats following impact acceleration injury. J Neurotrauma, 17(12), 1129-39.
  11. Maughan PH, Scholten KJ, Schmidt RH (2000). Recovery of water maze performance in aged versus young rats after brain injury with the impact acceleration model. J Neurotrauma, 17(12), 1141-53.
  12. Schmidt RH, Scholten KJ, Maughan PH (1999). Time course for recovery of water maze performance and central cholinergic innervation after fluid percussion injury. J Neurotrauma, 16(12), 1139-47.
  13. Schmidt RH, Grady MS (1995). Loss of forebrain cholinergic neurons following fluid-percussion injury: implications for cognitive impairment in closed head injury. J Neurosurg, 83(3), 496-502.
  14. Schmidt RH, Grady MS (1993). Regional patterns of blood-brain barrier breakdown following central and lateral fluid percussion injury in rodents. J Neurotrauma, 10(4), 415-30.
  15. Schmidt RH, Grady MS, Cohen W, Wright S, Winn HR (1992). Acute cauda equina syndrome from a ruptured aneurysm in the sacral canal. Case report. J Neurosurg, 77(6), 945-8.
  16. Walsh AR, Schmidt RH, Marsh HT (1990). Cortical mapping and resection under local anaesthetic as an aid to surgery of low and intermediate grade gliomas. Br J Neurosurg, 4(6), 485-91.
  17. Dubach M, Schmidt RH, Martin R, German DC, Bowden DM (1988). Transplant improves hemiparkinsonian syndrome in nonhuman primate: intracerebral injection, rotometry, tyrosine hydroxylase immunohistochemistry. Prog Brain Res, 78, 491-6.
  18. Schmidt RH, Dubach, M, Bowden, DM (1988). A computer based rotation and activity monitor for non human primates and other animals. Journal of Neuroscience Methods, 24, 243-251.
  19. Bardo MT, Schmidt RH, Bhatnagar RK (1985). Effects of morphine on sprouting of locus coeruleus fibers in the neonatal rat. Brain Res, 354(2), 161-8.
  20. Schmidt RH, Ingvar M, Lindvall O, Stenevi U, Bjorklund A (1982). Functional activity of substantia nigra grafts reinnervating the striatum: neurotransmitter metabolism and [14C]2-deoxy-D-glucose autoradiography. J Neurochem, 38(3), 737-48.
  21. Schmidt RH, Bjorklund A, Lindvall O, Loren I (1982). Prefrontal cortex: dense dopaminergic input in the newborn rat. Brain Res, 281(2), 222-8.
  22. Loren I, Bjorklund A, Lindvall O, Schmidt RH (1982). Improved catecholamine histofluorescence in the developing brain based on the magnesium and aluminum (ALFA) perfusion techniques: methodology and anatomical observations. Brain Res Bull, 9(1-6), 11-26.
  23. Skagerberg G, Bjorklund A, Lindvall O, Schmidt RH (1982). Origin and termination of the diencephalo-spinal dopamine system in the rat. Brain Res Bull, 9(1-6), 237-44.
  24. Schmidt RH, Bjorklund A, Stenevi U (1981). Intracerebral grafting of dissociated CNS tissue suspensions: a new approach for neuronal transplantation to deep brain sites. Brain Res, 218(1-2), 347-56.
  25. Bjorklund A, Schmidt RH, Stenevi U (1980). Functional reinnervation of the neostriatum in the adult rat by use of intraparenchymal grafting of dissociated cell suspensions from the substantia nigra. Cell Tissue Res, 212(1), 39-45.
  26. Schmidt RH, Bhatnagar RK (1980). Intracisternal dose-response analysis of 6-hydroxydopamine-induced noradrenergic sprouting in the neonatal rat cerebellum. J Pharmacol Exp Ther, 212(3), 456-61.
  27. Schmidt RH, Kasik SA, Bhatnagar RK (1980). Regenerative critical periods for locus coeruleus in postnatal rat pups following intracisternal 6-hydroxydopamine: a model of noradrenergic development. Brain Res, 191(1), 173-90.
  28. Schmidt RH, Bhatnagar RK (1979). Regional development of norepinephrine, dopamine-beta-hydroxylase and tyrosine hydroxylase in the rat brain subsequent to neonatal treatment with subcutaneous 6-hydroxydopamine. Brain Res, 166(2), 293-308.
  29. Schmidt RH, Bhatnagar RK (1979). Assessment of the effects of neonatal subcutaneous 6-hydroxydopamine on noradrenergic and dopaminergic innervation of the cerebral cortex. Brain Res, 166(2), 309-19.
  30. Schmidt RH, Bhatnagar RK (1979). Distribution of hypertrophied locus coeruleus projection to adult cerebellum after neonatal 6-hydroxydopamine. Brain Res, 172(1), 23-33.
  31. Schmidt RH, Bhatnagar RK (1979). Critical periods for noradrenergic regeneration in rat brain regions following neonatal subcutaneous 6-hydroxydopamine. Life Sci, 25(19), 1641-50.

Review

  1. Klimo P Jr, Schmidt RH (2006). Computed tomography grading schemes used to predict cerebral vasospasm after aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage: a historical review. [Review]. Neurosurg Focus, 21(3), E5.

Book Chapter

  1. Schmidt RH, Bjorklund A, Stenevi U, Dunnett, SB, Gage, FH (1983). Activity of intrastriatal nigral suspension implants as assessed by measurements of dopamine synthesis and metabolism. In Intracerebral Grafting of Neuronal Cell Suspensions (pp. 19-28).
  2. Dunnett, SB, Bjorklund, A, Schmidt RH, Stenevi U, Iversen, SD (1983). Behavioural recovery in rats with bilateral 6 OHDA lesions following implantation of nigral cell suspensions. In Intracerebral Grafting of Neuronal Cell Suspensions (pp. 39-47).
  3. Bjorklund, A, Gage, FH, Schmidt RH, Stenevi U, Dunnett, SB (1983). Recovery of choline acetyltransferase activity and acetylcholine synthesis in the denervated hippocampus reinnervated by septal suspension implants. In Intracerebral Grafting of Neuronal Cell Suspensions (pp. 59-66).
  4. Schmidt RH, Bjorklund, A and Loren, I (1981). Neuron target interactions in the development of central catecholamine systems. In J.D. Feldman, D.R. Garrod (Ed.), Development in the Nervous System (pp. 85-105). London: Cambridge University Press.

Case Report

  1. Amini A, Schmidt RH, Salzman KL, Chin SS, Couldwell WT (2006). Glioblastoma multiforme of the pineal region. J Neurooncol, 79(3), 307-14.

Abstract

  1. Schmidt RH, Dubach M, Bowden DM (1986). A primate model of hemiparkinsonism based on intranigral injection of MPTP or 6 OHDA [Abstract]. Neurosci. Abs, 12, 89.
  2. Bardo MT, Schmidt RH, Bhatnagar RK (1983). Effects of morphine on 6 hydroxydopamine or hemisection induced sprouting of locus coeruleus fibers in the neonatal rat [Abstract]. Fed. Proc, 42, 756.
  3. Dunnett SB, Schmidt RH, Bjorklund A, Stenevi U, Iversen SD (1981). Dopamine cell suspensions can reinnervate the denervated striatum to produce functional recovery [Abstract]. Neurosci. Letters, Suppl 7, S176.
  4. Ingvar M, Lindvall O, Schmidt RH, Stenevi, U, Bjorklund, A (1980). Functional activity of intrastriatal transplants of substantia nigra as revealed by 14C 2 deoxy D glucose autoradiography and dopamine metabolism measurements [Abstract]. Neurosci. Letters, Suppl 5, 424.
  5. Schmidt RH, Stenevi U, Bjorklund A (1980). Interactions of locus coeruleus transplants with postnatal developing cerebellum: Does target age influence growth? [Abstract]. Neurosci. Abs, 6, 99.
  6. Schmidt RH, Bhatnagar, RK (1977). Regional differences in critical periods for 6 hydroxydopamine induced noradrenergic sprouting in neonatal rat brain [Abstract]. Neurosci. Abs, 3, 363.
  7. Bhatnagar, RK, Schmidt RH (1977). Source of noradrenergic sprouting in the cerebellum of rats treated neonatally with 6 hydroxydopamine [Abstract]. Neurosci. Abs, 289.

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