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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Westchester Medical Center Names Meic H. Schmidt, MD, MBA, FAANS, FACS, as Director of Neurosurgery

Dr. Schmidt will oversee all neurosurgical services – including all brain and spinal surgical services – at WMCHealth’s Valhalla and Poughkeepsie campuses.

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Westchester Medical Center, the flagship of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network, recently named Meic H. Schmidt, MD, MBA, FAANS, FACS, a neurosurgeon specializing in neurosurgical spine surgery and neuro-oncology, as Director of Neurosurgery at Westchester Medical Center, as well as Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital and MidHudson Regional Hospital, all members of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth). In addition to his role at WMCHealth, Dr. Schmidt was also appointed as Professor and Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at New York Medical College.

As the Director of Neurosurgery, Dr. Schmidt will oversee all neurosurgical services – including all brain and spinal surgical services – at WMCHealth’s Valhalla and Poughkeepsie campuses.

Dr. Schmidt brings expertise in the management of injuries and tumors in the brain, spine and spinal cord, as well as extensive experience in treating degenerative spine diseases such as thoracic disc herniation and microsurgery for spinal cord decompression in the neck and back.

Dr. Schmidt has expertise in specialized surgical procedures including minimally invasive and endoscopic spine surgery for tumors, trauma and degenerative spine disease; microsurgery for tumors and vascular malformations of the spine; cranial surgery for brain tumors and brain and spine trauma; radiosurgery for brain and spine tumors; and image-guided brain and spine surgery.

Leading the neurosurgery department, Dr. Schmidt’s mission is to work collaboratively with his team to provide the highest quality care to the region’s neurosurgery patients, calling his patients’ quality of care his “first, second and third” priority.

Dr. Schmidt has an accomplished academic record. He has published over 170 peer reviewed manuscripts focusing on neurosurgery, oncology, trauma and spine surgery. His research has attracted over $1.7 million of funding, including the NIH (National Institute of Health). He is nationally and internationally known for his academic and clinical expertise, and has been an invited speaker at numerous prestigious institutions.

Most recently, Dr. Schmidt served as Professor of Neurosurgery and Orthopedics and Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs in the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. There, Dr. Schmidt held the Ronald I. Apfelbaum endowed Chair in Spine and Neurological Surgery.

Board certified in neurological surgery, Dr. Schmidt earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee with Honors, where he also completed a neurosurgical residency. He completed fellowships in Neuro-oncology and Spinal Surgery at the University of California-San Francisco’s Brain Tumor Research Center and Department of Neurological Surgery. Most recently, Dr. Schmidt earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Utah.

Dr. Schmidt, a native of Germany, resides in Rye Brook with his wife, Wendy, and four children. In his free time, he and his family enjoy biking, running, and Judo.

About Westchester Medical Center, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network
Westchester Medical Center is the premier provider of advanced medical care in New York’s Hudson Valley region. The flagship of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network, this 895-bed academic hospital located in Valhalla, New York, provides local residents with acute care services - Level I trauma and burn care, organ transplants and advanced neurovascular procedures and more - found nowhere else in the region. Westchester Medical Center is the primary referral facility for other hospitals in the Hudson Valley and serves as a lifeline for more than 3.5 million people. To learn more about Westchester Medical Center and the vital services it provides to residents of the Hudson Valley and beyond, visit www.WestchesterMedicalCenter.org or follow Westchester Medical Center at www.Facebook.com/WestchesterMedicalCenter or www.Twitter.com/WestchesterMed .

About Westchester Medical Center Health Network
The Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth) is a 1,700-bed healthcare system headquartered in Valhalla, New York, with 10 hospitals on eight campuses spanning 6,200 square miles of the Hudson Valley. WMCHealth employs more than 12,000 people and has nearly 3,000 attending physicians. From Level 1, Level 2 and Pediatric Trauma Centers, the region’s only acute care children’s hospital, an academic medical center, several community hospitals, dozens of specialized institutes and centers, skilled nursing, assisted living facilities, homecare services and one of the largest mental health systems in New York State, today WMCHealth is the pre-eminent provider of integrated healthcare in the Hudson Valley. For more information about WMCHealth, visit www.WMCHealth.org .