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H. Joel Schmidt, MD

Professor, Director - Pediatric Cystic Fibrosis Program
38 Ratings

Pulmonary medicine

Board Certifications

Pediatric Pulmonology

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Children's Pavilion
1000 East Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23219
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Areas of interest

Cystic fibrosis care
Bronchopulmonary dysplasia
Pulmonary complications in cancer survivors
Airway and lung diseases in children


Dr. Schmidt spent most of his medical career in the Army where he remained for 26 years with assignments as a general pediatrician, a community hospital deputy commander, a member of a medical center’s command staff, a member of the Army surgeon general's staff, and culminating as the chief of pediatric pulmonology at Walter Army Medical Center and director of the Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Center at Bethesda's Naval Medical Center. First elected by his peers to the national CF Foundation Center Committee (the governing body of all CF Centers in the U.S) as the affiliate center representative, he is now an appointed member of the committee and visits CF centers across the U.S. He is a member of the CF Foundation's Data Safety Monitoring Board to help ensure safety for CF research studies.

Dr. Schmidt retired from the Army as Colonel in 2006 to join the Division of Pulmonary Medicine at CHoR. From 2009 through 2013, he was interim chief of the division and the director of the CF Center. He is now the CF Care Center's Pediatric Program Director. Dr. Schmidt was elected by his colleagues to serve on the MCV Physicians Board of Directors from 2014 to 2017. He is on the Board of Directors of the Virginia Chapter of the CF Foundation.

He has been named one of Richmond's “Top Docs” in pediatric pulmonology by Richmond Magazine yearly since 2012 and has been named the “top vote-getter” in pediatric pulmonology multiple times. He has been selected to be included in the “Best Doctors in America” database yearly since 2013.

He is married to his college sweetheart Daphne Schmidt (Go Hokies!) and has three adult children. His hobbies include travel, homebrewing, woodworking and scale model shipbuilding.


Medical School Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
Residency Brooke Army Medical Center
Fellowship Children's National Medical Center

Ratings & reviews

38 Ratings

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January 2020
We all always satisfied.
May 2019
We love Dr. Schmidt.
March 2019
The care provider was on test and knew what to do. They treated my family well.
March 2019
Dr. Schmidt is the best.
October 2018
Great rapport with children! Great sense of humor.
July 2018
Dr. Schmidt demonstrated how to use the new inhaler, then he had [...] use it. That made her very comfortable to be able to use the new inhaler. Thank you!
June 2018
Provider was very helpful with information and was easily understood. Great provider.
  • Specialty: Pediatric Pulmonary Medicin

Board Certifications

Clinical Interests

  • Cystic fibrosis care
  • Asthma
  • Bronchopulmonary dysplasia
  • Tuberculosis
  • Pulmonary complications in cancer survivors
  • Airway and lung diseases in children

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