David R. Schmidt, M.D., is a distinguished orthopaedic surgeon who has dedicated his medical career to sports medicine since entering private practice in 1986. He is embarking on his 24th year as team physician for the San Antonio Spurs and also serves Trinity University, University of Texas at San Antonio and many local high schools. He served as physician for the U.S. Olympic Festival, the World University Games in Japan, the Olympic Games in Atlanta and the NBA All-Star Game. Among his many professional honors, Dr. Schmidt was appointed by the Texas Governor to the Advisory Board for Athletic Trainers in 2006 and continues to hold that post; he was named Distinguished Medical Alumnus at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, 2002; received the Dr. Ernst Jokl Sports Medicine Award from the U.S. Sports Academy, 2007; and was named NBA Team Physician of the Year by the NBA Trainers Association, 2004. He has served as President and Chair of the San Antonio Sports Foundation, of which he is a founding member; and he served as Chair of the Valero Alamo Bowl Board of Directors, 2011.
He currently serves as President of the NBA Physicians Association. A Clinical Associate Professor in Orthopaedics at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, he also has delivered more than 100 lectures and presentations at medical meetings. Dr. Schmidt is a founding partner and President of Sports Medicine Associates of San Antonio, which is dedicated to the mission of serving “Any Athlete. Any Injury. Anytime.” He is a graduate of the UT Health Science Center San Antonio where he completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery, followed by fellowships in sports medicine and knee surgery in Sydney, Australia and Auckland, New Zealand. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and holds a subspecialty certificate in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine. His expertise is in knee surgery and cartilage repair/restoration.
On weekends, he enjoys gardening and working the land at the family’s Hill Country ranch with his wife Teresa and their beloved dogs. He is the proud parent of daughter Casey Schmidt and son, LCpl Benjamin W. Schmidt, a Marine Scout Sniper who was killed in action in Afghanistan in October, 2011. On October 6, 2012, Teresa and David Schmidt announced the creation of the LCpl Benjamin Whetstone Schmidt Endowed Professorship in History at Texas Christian University.