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Parkview LaGrange Hospital welcomes surgeon

Parkview LaGrange Hospital has announced the addition of Elizabeth M. Schmidt, MD, FACS to its medical staff. Dr. Schmidt is a board certified general surgeon and a member of Parkview Physicians Group – General Surgery.

Dr. Schmidt received her medical degree from the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine at Marshall University in Huntington, IN. She completed her residency in general surgery at the University of Illinois, Metro Group Hospitals in 2010. Following her residency, Dr. Schmidt received a fellowship in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, NE. She has co-authored several articles for professional journals.

“I’d made a decision early that I would put kids before career,” said Dr. Schmidt. “At one point I took an emergency medical technician class out of general interest and found I was hooked. As a result, I spent about ten years, on and off, as a paramedic. The ER physician suggested I should look into medical school. The day my youngest started kindergarten, I started med school. My thought at the time was to become an emergency physician.

“I was introduced to surgery during one of my early rotations in med school and fell in love with it,” she continued. “Surgery today is an amazing field. We can do a lot to reduce pain and discomfort and it is safer than ever before. Laparoscopic procedures greatly reduce post-surgery recovery time and most people experience a significant improvement in their quality of life.”

Dr. Schmidt’s areas of clinical expertise include robotic and laparoscopic surgery, complex abdominal wall hernia surgery. Her areas of interest include colon surgery, breast health, and minimally invasive anti-reflux surgery. She is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

“It is so important that we feel as if we are caring for a person, not a disease,” continued Dr. Schmidt. “I feel the greatest pride as a surgeon when a patient and their family tell me they were scared, but that I was able to put them at ease about the surgery.”

Dr. Schmidt is a member of Parkview Physicians Group – General Surgery and sees patients at Parkview LaGrange Hospital in LaGrange and Parkview Noble Hospital in Kendallville. To make an appointment in LaGrange, call 260-463-9316. For an appointment in Kendallville, call 260-347-4900.