Patient Rating:

4.3 out of 5

285 Patient Ratings
3 Patient Comments

Meic H. Schmidt, M.D., M.B.A.

Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs, Department of Neurosurgery

Clinical Details

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(801) 585-6065 Clinical Neurosciences Center
175 North Medical Drive East
Salt Lake City, UT 84132
(801) 585-0262 Huntsman Cancer Hospital
1950 Circle of Hope
Salt Lake City, UT 84112


Dr. Meic H. Schmidt is a neurosurgeon with specialized expertise in neuro-oncology and spine surgery. His main clinical focus is on management of patients with tumors and injuries to the brain, spine and spinal cord. In addition, because of his expertise in minimally invasive and endoscopic surgical techniques he sees complex patients with degenerative spine disease including thoracic disc herniation and patients requiring microsurgery for spinal cord decompression in the neck and back. Dr. Schmidt's clinic sees patients using a team approach to maximize patient centered informed decision making and aims to continuously improve the quality of care provided. The clinic is fully integrated to collect and analyze data in the National Neurosurgery Quality and Outcome Database (N2QOD) and which allows Dr. Schmidt to track the quality of care and outcomes at the highest level.

Board Certification and Academic Information

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

Patient Ratings

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Patient Comments

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February 29, 2012

Care giver was exceptional. Took time to see us and to explain everything to us.

February 16, 2012


January 12, 2012

Excellent, couldn't help me, but very understanding.

Academic Profile

Research Interests

  • Endoscopic Surgery
  • Spine Tumors
  • Quality Indicators, Health Care
  • Brain Tumors
  • Health Care Quality and Patient Safety
  • Quality Improvement
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Neuro-Oncology
  • Photodynamic Therapy
  • Photochemistry
  • Brain, Pituitary & Spine Tumor Research
  • Spinal Cord Neoplasms
  • Photochemotherapy
  • Fluorescence
  • Minimal Invasive and Endoscopic Spine Techniques
  • Clinical Outcomes

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Neurosurgery - Professor
Orthopaedics - Adjunct 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
175 North Medical Drive East
Salt Lake City, UT 84132

Academic Bio

Prof. Meic H. Schmidt, M.D., M.B.A., is the Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs in the Department of Neurosurgery of the University of Utah. He is a tenured Professor and holds the Ronald I Apfelbaum. M.D. Endowed Chair in Spine and Neurosurgery. Dr. Schmidt also co-directs the Brain, Spine and Skull Base tumor program at the Huntsman Cancer Institute and serves as the Director of the Spinal Oncology Service.

Dr. Schmidt’s research interests include investigating the benefits of minimally invasive spinal surgery for metastatic tumors, and the development health outcome and quality of care measures. He is internationally known for his role in establishing a new thoracoscopic spine surgery technique for tumors and fractures. Dr. Schmidt has also a longstanding basic science and clinical research interest in Fluorescence and Photodynamic Therapy research for brain, pituitary and spinal tumors. Both techniques apply light sources (like a laser) and combine it with light-sensitive substances (photosensitizer) to image and treat tumors via the photochemical (dynamic ) reaction. He was able to attract funding from many prestigious sponsors including the American Cancer Society and NASA. In April of 2000, the NASA Space Technology Hall of Fame awarded him the Space Technology Research Award for his work using LED technology in the photodynamic therapy of cancer. His research and clinical work have resulted in over 140 peer reviewed manuscripts, chapters and books. Because of his expertise and publication record he is a sought after Visiting Professor at many prestigious national and international academic institutions.

Dr. Schmidt is also a dedicated teacher and is actively involved in the education of residents and fellows in spine and neurological surgery. He serves has the Director of the Neurosurgery Spine Fellowship which is one of the few CAST accredited and NREF funded spine fellowships in the country. Dr. Schmidt has trained many international fellows from Germany, Switzerland and Mexico. In 2014 he received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Neurosurgery residents.

Dr. Schmidt graduated with 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. More recently Dr. Schmidt completed the executive MBA at David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah.


Education History

Type School Degree
Graduate Training University of Utah
Business Administration
Fellowship University of California San Francisco
Spinal Surgery
Fellowship University of California San Francisco
Neuro Oncology
Residency Medical College of Wisconsin
Internship Medical College of Wisconsin
Professional Medical Medical College of Wisconsin
Undergraduate University of Utah


Selected Provider Publications

Journal Article

  1. Ray WZ, Schmidt MH (2013). Thoracoscopic Vertebrectomy for Thoracolumbar Junction Fractures and Tumors: Surgical Technique and Evaluation of the Learning Curve. J Spinal Disord Tech.
  2. Papanastassiou ID, Aghayev K, Berenson JR, Schmidt MH, Vrionis FD (2012). Is vertebral augmentation the right choice for cancer patients with painful vertebral compression fractures? J Natl Compr Canc Netw, 10(6), 715-9.
  3. Ray WZ, Ravindra VM, Jost GF, Bisson EF, Schmidt MH (2012). Cost effectiveness of subaxial fusion--lateral mass screws versus transarticular facet screws. Neurosurg Focus, 33(1), E14.
  4. Fourney DR, Frangou EM, Ryken TC, Dipaola CP, Shaffrey CI, Berven SH, Bilsky MH, Harrop JS, Fehlings MG, Boriani S, Chou D, Schmidt MH, Polly DW, Biagini R, Burch S, Dekutoski MB, Ganju A, Gerszten PC, Gokaslan ZL, Groff MW, Liebsch NJ, Mendel E, Okuno SH, Patel S, Rhines LD, Rose PS, Sciubba DM, Sundaresan N, Tomita K, Varga PP, Vialle LR, Vrionis FD, Yamada Y, Fisher CG (2011). Spinal instability neoplastic score: an analysis of reliability and validity from the spine oncology study group. J Clin Oncol, 29(22), 3072-7.
  5. Dailey AT, Hart D, Finn MA, Schmidt MH, Apfelbaum RI (2010). Anterior fixation of odontoid fractures in an elderly population. J Neurosurg Spine, 12(1), 1-8.
  6. Fisher CG, Di Paola CP, Ryken TC, Bilsky MH, Kuklo TR, Harrop JS, Fehlings MG, Boriani S, Chou D, Schmidt MH, Polly DW, Berven SH, Biagini R, Burch S, Dekutoski MB, Ganju A, Gerszten PC, Gokaslan ZL, Groff MW, Liebsch NJ, Mendel E, Okuno SH, Patel SR, Rhines LD, Sciubba DM, Shaffrey CI, Sundaresan N, Tomita K, Varga PP, Vialle LR, Vrionis FD, Yamada Y, Fourney DR (2010). A Novel Classification System for Spinal Instability in Neoplastic Disease: An Evidence-Based Approach and Expert Consensus from the Spine Oncology Study Group. Spine, 35(22), E1221-E1229.
  7. Cole CD, Liu JK, Sheng X, Chin SS, Schmidt MH, Weiss MH, Couldwell WT (2008). Hypericin-mediated photodynamic therapy of pituitary tumors: preclinical study in a GH4C1 rat tumor model. J Neurooncol, 87(3), 255-261.
  8. Finn MA, Vrionis FD, Schmidt MH (2007). Spinal radiosurgery for metastatic disease of the spine. Cancer Control, 14(4), 405-11.
  9. Beisse R, Muckley T, Schmidt MH, Hauschild M, Buhren V (2005). Surgical technique and results of endoscopic anterior spinal canal decompression. J Neurosurg Spine, 2(2), 128-36.
  10. Schmidt MH, Meyer GA, Reichert KW, Cheng J, Krouwer HG, Ozker K, Whelan HT (2004). Evaluation of photodynamic therapy near functional brain tissue in patients with recurrent brain tumors. J Neurooncol, 67(1-2), 201-7.
  11. Schmidt MH, Larson SJ, Maiman DJ (2004). The lateral extracavitary approach to the thoracic and lumbar spine. Neurosurg Clin N Am, 15(4), 437-41.
  12. Binning MJ, Gottfried ON, Klimo P Jr, Schmidt MH (2004). Minimally invasive treatments for metastatic tumors of the spine. Neurosurg Clin N Am, 15(4), 459-65.
  13. Liu JK, Schmidt MH, MacDonald JD, Jensen RL, Couldwell WT (2003). Hypophysial transposition (hypophysopexy) for radiosurgical treatment of pituitary tumors involving the cavernous sinus. Technical note. Neurosurg Focus, 14(5), e11.
  14. Whelan HT, Houle JM, Whelan NT, Donohoe DL, Cwiklinski J, Schmidt MH, Gould L, Larson DL, Meyer GA, Cevenini V, Stinson H (2000). The NASA light-emitting diode medical program-Progress in space flight and terrestrial applications. Space Tech, 459, 37-43.
  15. Schmidt MH, Reichert KW 2nd, Ozker K, Meyer GA, Donohoe DL, Bajic DM, Whelan NT, Whelan HT (1999). Preclinical evaluation of benzoporphyrin derivative combined with a light-emitting diode array for photodynamic therapy of brain tumors. Pediatr Neurosurg, 30(5), 225-31.
  16. Schmidt MH, Bajic DM, Reichert KW, Martin TS, Meyer GA, Whelan HT (1996). The role of light-emitting diodes for photodynamic therapy of brain tumors. Space Tech, 361, 403-412.


  1. Kan P, Schmidt MH (2008). Osteoid osteoma and osteoblastoma of the spine. [Review]. Neurosurgery Clinics of North America, 19(1), 65-70.

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