David Mark Schmidt

Born in Louisville, KY on October 17, 1955

Departed on January 21, 2013 and resided in Nashville, TN

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SCHMIDT, Dr. David Mark, 57, of Nashville, TN, passed away at Vanderbilt Hospital surrounded by his family on January 21, 2013. Dave is survived by Belinda, his wife of 35 years, his son Michael Schmidt and wife Beth, his son Eric Schmidt, his brother Frederick Schmidt and wife Natalie, and his sister Sandra Leach and husband Harrison. Dave had two passions in this world: his medical career and his family. For 12 years, he practiced orthopedic surgery, specializing in treatment of the hand and upper extremity. His skill, dedication, and absolute compassion for his patients placed him among the most sought after hand surgeons in Middle Tennessee. After being diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2005, he continued to nurture relationships with family and friends with that same dedication and compassion. Dave received his medical training at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and the US Army Medical Corps. He served his country in Desert Shield and Desert Storm. During his Army career he achieved the rank of Major and later received a fellowship from the American Society for Surgery of the Hand. After completing his military service, he served on the medical staff at Saint Thomas, Baptist, and Centennial Hospitals in Nashville, and was a proud member of the Tennessee Orthopaedic Alliance. He was loved by all who had the privilege of knowing him and will be deeply missed by his family and friends. Visitation will be held at Harpeth Hills Memory Gardens Funeral Home, 9090 Highway 100 Nashville, TN 37221 on Monday, January 28th from 4:00 to 7:00PM. A short visitation starting at 10:00AM followed by a Celebration of Life Service at 11:30AM will be held on Tuesday, January 29th at Harpeth Heights Baptist Church, 8063 Hwy 100, Nashville, TN 37221. Graveside services will follow at Middle Tennessee Veterans Cemetery, 7931 McCrory Ln, Nashville, TN 37221. Memorial donations can be made to the University of Kentucky College of Medicine or the American Brain Tumor Association. HARPETH HILLS FUNERAL HOME 615 646-9292 www.afamilylegacy.com

20 Comments to David Mark Schmidt

  1. Sally Barker says:

    Dear Belinda I am so sorry to hear of David’s death. You are in all my thoughts and prayers. Take comfort in your good memories. Love , Sally.

  2. Debbie Williams says:

    Dear Belinda and family; I am so honored to be a part of your circle of friends. Dave was an amazing friend and I will miss him so very much. Remember; Although he is out of our sight he will never be out of our hearts. My thoughts and payers are with you and your family.
    Love, Debbie

  3. Patti Purdom says:

    Schmidt family you have my deepest sympathy upon the loss of Dr. Schmidt. I had the honor and privilege of working with him in the O.R. at St.Thomas. He was truly a great man. Your loss is shared by many.

  4. John Guenst says:

    A week does not go by that I see a patient who was blessed with his care. I will miss him dearly.

  5. Lori Rushing says:

    Dr. Schmidt was one of the finest men I have ever known. He was such a kind soul and always made time for everyone he met. His humor, his expertise and kindness will be forever missed. Much Love Lori Rushing

  6. Beth Perry says:

    I had the priveledge of meeting Dave during his vaccine treatment at Duke. He was so pleasant, joyful, and encouraging that I always looked forward to his visits. I am very thankful for the brief time I knew him and look forward to seeing him again some day in Paradise. God bless his wife and sons, family and friends. My prayers are with you.

  7. alise brickhouse says:

    I am deeply saddened by the news of David’s passing. He was so pleasant and thoughtful, with never a negative word to speak. What a wonderful person to have known.
    Alise Brickhouse
    Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center

  8. Ron Dwinnells says:

    Dave was a friend in Medical School. He was an outstanding student who always supported his fellow students. My deepest condolences to his family.

  9. Alicia Gomez says:

    I was saddened to hear about Dr. Schmidt’s passing and offer my deepest condolences. I had the privilege of working with him in the OR’s at St. Thomas. He was a beloved member of the Ortho team and a gifted surgeon.

  10. Victoria Poillucci says:

    My sincere condolences for you all! David was one of my favorite patients at Duke. I looked so forward to his visits. The world will not be as bright without him in it. I will miss him terribly! My prayers are with you. Someday we will beat this horrible disease.

  11. Debbi Borchers says:

    Prayers for Dave and his family. Dave was so brilliant during our days together at University of KY – I was always in awe of how he held it together through the stress. He was kind to everyone. I am so sorry for your loss. Nashville has lost a great man.

  12. Dr. Deborah A. Rose, MD says:

    Dear Belinda and Family,

    I was so shocked and deeply saddened to hear of Dave’s passing. It was my pleasure and privilege to know him. Dave was my “study buddy” when we were in our first 2 years of Medical School together. He had a wonderful sense of humor, and was a warm and caring man and physician. I will carry many wonderful memories of him through all my days.

    With my deep sympathy,

    Deborah A. Rose, MD
    UKMC Class of 1983

  13. Bob and Jeannie Downing says:

    Words could never express how sorry we are about Dave. Bob was so appreciative of his friendship. He feels as if he has lost a brother. We will be keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.
    Our deepest sympathy,
    Bob and Jeannie Downing

  14. David Vickers says:

    Dear Belinda & Family,

    Great people always leave too soon.I was in the class
    of 1983 UKMC and also worked with David at the
    Nashville Surgery Center. He was strong,confident &
    compassionate. A pleasure to study & work with,
    always smiling & energetic. We will all miss him.
    So sorry for your loss.
    Dave Vickers,MD

  15. John Meisenheimer says:

    I’m deeply saddened to learn of David’s passing. He was exceedingly well respected by his med school classmates. He was a combination of brilliance and hard work ethic with a great sense of humor. My prayers to your family.

  16. Neal Dornbusch says:

    Michael and Family,

    I am so sorry for your loss. May it help knowing that others share your grief, but also celebrate your father’s life and the blessings he brought to others’ lives. You are in our thoughts and prayers.


  17. Julie McDaniel says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with Eric and his family. I had the privilege to meet Dr. Schmidt when he interviewed student candidates for the UK College of Medicine. I wish you peace and comfort in knowing what a legacy of love Dr. Schmidt has left behind and to leave you with a wonderful quote by Helen Keller…

    “What we have once enjoyed we can never lose.
    All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.”

  18. Julie Hornbuckle says:

    Dearest Belinda, Michael, and Eric,

    Lance & I were devastated to learn of David’s passing. The four of you were such an intregal part of our sons’ young lives. One of my favorite memories of David is when I ran into Michael and him in the parking lot of the Goodwill. I was shopping for work clothes for Harris, plumbing of course, and they were shopping for furniture, glasses,… for Michael’s apartment. We got a real hoot out of it. I think of you often.You are all in my most heartfelt prayers and thoughts, my darling friend. Julie

  19. Ruby Kelly Nickell says:

    Dearest Belinda and Family. . . I am so sorry to hear of David’s passing. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. May God Bless you and keep you, and May HIs light shine upon you always.

  20. Brantley Burns MD says:

    Dave and I met during ortho residency at Tripler Army Medical Center about 1984 and remained friends since, both ending up as hand surgeons in the same state. You could just tell by how genuine he was that your issue or problem would be taken care of. He never showed a personal agenda other than service to others – how rare! God bless his family. Brantley Burns MD