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H. Joel Schmidt, MD

Professor, Director - Pediatric Cystic Fibrosis Program
30 Ratings

Pulmonary medicine

Board Certifications

Pediatric Pulmonology


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

30 Ratings

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August 2021
We absolutely love Dr. Schmidt! We had a wonderful experience at [...] and were a bit nervous about switching clinics. However, we are thrilled with our decision. He is engaging, friendly, and very knowledgeable.
August 2021
Dr. Schmidt takes his time and is thorough in his explanations. He values my opinion/perspective as the mother and I greatly appreciate that.
July 2021
Dr Schmidt is an amazing doctor who passionately and whole heartedly cares about his patients. We lucked out when we found him tens years ago!!! He is the best!
July 2021
He is absolutely amazing. Truly listens.
June 2021
took the time to listen, explained it to my child well, very helpful
March 2021
Dr Schmidt is resourceful, kind, understanding, all around AMAZING
March 2021
Doctor Smith [...] always very helpful and friendly
January 2021
Dr. Schmidt was so personable and easy to talk with. He put my son at ease and made me feel listened to/appreciated as a parent. This was a virtual visit and our first time meeting him but he was really great!
October 2020
PFT tech [...] & Dr. Schmidt are always friendly, helpful, attentive & engaging - It was a refreshing sense of normally dealing with both professionals & the nurse.
August 2020
Dr. Schmidt is an amazing provider. He has always been thorough, explains everything to us about his care that is needed & gives us wonderful advice for him. Our son is doing well now all thanks to Dr. Schmidt.
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.
  • 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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