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Richard Schmidt, MD (Philadelphia hospital)

Medical Director of Orthopedic Oncology

Eastern Regional Medical Center

Medical Degree

  • Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, Hershey

Internship / Residency

  • Orthopedics - Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia


  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery


  • Orthopedic Research - Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
  • Orthopedic Oncology - Shands Hospital, University of Florida, Gainesville

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Practicing Since: 1988

Dr. Richard Schmidt is the Medical Director of Orthopedic Oncology at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) at Eastern Regional Medical Center (Eastern).

Dr. Schmidt graduated from Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine in 1980. He completed an internship, orthopedic residency and fellowship in orthopedic research at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in 1985. Additionally, Dr. Schmidt completed an orthopedic oncology fellowship at Shands Hospital at the University of Florida in Gainesville.

Dr. Schmidt specializes in sarcomas, which includes cancer of the bone and soft tissue, and metastatic cancer to the bone. He is known for his expertise in the surgical management of limb salvage surgery.

On September 30, 1987, Dr. Schmidt performed the first successful total knee transplant on a 32-year-old woman at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Without the surgery, the woman faced the amputation of most of her leg. Dr. Schmidt was featured in The New York Times (“Transplant of a Human Knee Is Achieved for the First Time,” November 25, 1987), among other media outlets, for this accomplishment.

Dr. Schmidt has been internationally recognized for his expertise in orthopedic cancers. An expert in the field for over 20 years, Dr. Schmidt has been in private practice in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania since 1993. When a CTCA® facility in Philadelphia opened its doors in 2005, Dr. Schmidt says he was eager to provide his services.

“What I like most about CTCA is its positive attitude and positive outlook when dealing with the cancer patient. It’s a can-do approach. And the optimistic, positive, can-do feeling reflects back on the patient. CTCA is very ‘make it happen.’ That is refreshing,” says Dr. Schmidt. 

Aside from his role at CTCA, Dr. Schmidt is currently Chief of Orthopedic Surgery at Lankenau Medical Center in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania. He is also an attending surgeon at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia.

Dr. Schmidt has been named a “Top Doctor” in Main Line Today Magazine for every year since 2007. The monthly magazine covers Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery counties.The magazine surveyed more than 1000 physicians county-wide, asking them to name their doctors of choice in 10 specialties, including cardiology, radiology, internal medicine, neurology, etc. Dr. Schmidt was nominated by his peers as the top doctor in orthopedics. He has also been named "Top Doctor" in Philadelphia Magazine since 2007 and was named a Philadelphia Magazine Top DocsTM 2016 Winner in the category of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Dr. Schmidt is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. He is past president of the Pennsylvania Orthopedic Society and a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, New Jersey Orthopaedic Society and the Philadelphia Orthopaedic Society.

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