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Obituary | E. William (Butch) Schmitt Jr., MD

E. William (Butch) Schmitt Jr., MD

E. William (Butch) Schmitt Jr., MD, passed away on March 22, 2023.  He was born on March 2,1937 in Jacksonville, Florida and was known as “Butch” throughout his life.


Dr. Schmitt is recognized for his contributions to Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA) history. In 1974 he participated in the formation of the Pediatric Orthopedic Travel Group. The following year, the name was changed to The Pediatric Orthopedic Study Group (POSG). He became Secretary-Treasurer of POSG in 1975 and meeting co-chair and President in 1983. The Pediatric Orthopedic Society (POS) and POSG merged in 1983 to become POSNA.


He graduated high school at the age of 16 and went on to obtain a medical degree from Emory University. After his orthopaedic residency at Harvard University, he served in the United States Navy in the Vietnam War. Upon his return, he became a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon at Egleston, now known as Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. Dr. Schmitt treated children for more 40 years.


In addition to POSNA he was active in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) and the Scoliosis Research Society (SRS). He became an Emeritus Fellow of the SRS in 1976. During his career, he published six peer-reviewed articles. His major interests were trauma, scoliosis, spina bifida and cerebral palsy.


He has been a major contributor to the musculoskeletal care of children, as well as a leader in the field. He will be missed.


Written by: George H. Thompson, MD