Gillian Schmitz, MD

Gillian Schmitz, MD

Name: Gillian Schmitz, MD

USU Department of Primary Appointment: 
Military and Emergency Medicine
Faculty Rank: 
Associate Professor
San Antonio Military Medical Center, TX

Research Interests:
Wound care
Education, health policy, advocacy

Office Phone: 
(210) 542-7783


2004-2007 University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC
Emergency Medicine Residency
Chief Resident 2006-2007

2000-2004 Loyola Stritch School of Medicine
Maywood, IL
Degree: Doctor of Medicine

1994-1998 University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA
Degree: Bachelor of Arts


Gillian Schmitz, MD, FACEP is a board certified Emergency Physician and Associate Professor in the Department of Military and Emergency Medicine at USUHS. She works clinically in the Emergency Department and serves as the Vice Chair of Education at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, TX. She is a nationally renowned educator and leader, currently serving on the National Board of Directors for the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP). Within USUHS, Dr. Schmitz is the clerkship site director for SAMMC, the Program Director for the Advanced Life Support Program, and faculty for Bushmaster, ACME, and Gunpowder.

Dr. Schmitz has served in numerous national ACEP leadership positions. She is a former Chair of the Academic Affairs Committee, subcommittee Chair for the Medical Legal Committee, Chair for the Young Physicians Section, and former Board member for the Emergency Medicine Resident’s Association (EMRA). She has been a leader in the Government Services Chapter, serving as President from 2015-2016. She has also been an active member of the Texas Chapter, serving on the Education and Free Standing Committees and a Leadership and Advocacy Fellow of the Chapter.

Dr. Schmitz has had an extensive career in academics and has practiced across the country as her husband was serving his military commitment in the Air Force. She served as academic faculty and the curriculum director for the Wilford Hall military residency program. She worked as clinical faculty at the Washington Hospital Center / Georgetown University residency program and the University of California at San Diego program. She was recruited back to San Antonio in 2012 to start a new residency program and was one of the founding faculty and Associate Program Directors of the University of Texas San Antonio. She has been a leader within Council of Residency Directors and was the Chair of the Joint Milestone Task Force.

Dr.Schmitz has also been involved with emergency medicine research and is a former Emergency Medicine Foundation and DoD research grant recipient, published author, and reviewer for several medical journals. Her research interest is wound care, skin infections, and infectious disease. She has been an advocate for residency training and has served as a speaker at national meetings for ACEP, EMRA, CORD and SAEM. She is on national faculty for Emergency Medicine Abstracts and the Emergency Department Director's Academy and is an invited guest lecturer across the country.

Dr. Schmitz has received awards for her leadership roles including the prestigious National Mentorship Award, the National Early Career Faculty Award from the Academy for Women in Academic Emergency Medicine (AWAEM), the Early Career Achievement Award from the Loyola Stritch School of Medicine, and numerous teaching and mentoring awards from her residents and students.

Representative publications, projects, and/or deployments

  • National Board of Directors, American College of Emergency Physicians
  • Past President, Government Services, American College of Emergency Physicians
  • Vice Chair of Education, Dept. of Emergency Medicine, Brooke Army Medical Center
  • National Mentorship Award. Awarded by Emergency Medicine Resident’s Association
  • National Early Career Faculty Award. Academy for Women in Academic Emergency Medicine (AWAEM) Awarded through the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM)
  • National Academic Affairs Committee (American College of Emergency Physicians) Committee Chair (2013-2015) Sub-committee chair (2005-2016)
  • Joint Milestone Task Force - Council of Residency Directors (CORD) Chair 2012-2014
  • National Medical Legal Committee (American College of Emergency Physicians)
  • Nominated for Barchi Prize and awarded best presentation at national meeting Military Operations Research Society
  • Emergency Medicine Foundation Research Grant Recipient


  • Rider A, Kessler C, Schmitz G. et al. Transition of Care from the Emergency Department to the Outpatient Setting: A Mixed Methods Analysis. Western Journal of Emergency Medicine: Integrating Emergency Care with Population Health WestJEM. Western J Emerg Med. 2018;19(2):245-253. DOI: 10.5811/westjem.2017.9.35138
  • Gottlieb M, Schmitz G, Grock A, Mason J. What To Do After You Cut: Recommendations for Abscess Management in the Emergency Setting. Ann Emerg Med. 2018 Jan;71(1):31-33.
  • Olson A.S, Rosenblatt L, Schmitz G et al. Can Adjunct Use of Topical Provodine® Improve Healing Rates in Patients With Skin Abscesses? Ann Emerg Med. 2017 Oct; 70(4):S74-S75
  • Shandro J, Chisolm-Straker M, Duber HC, Findlay SL, Munoz J, Schmitz G, Stanzer M, Stoklosa H, Wiener DE, Wingkun N. Human Trafficking: A Guide to Identification and Approach for the Emergency Physician. Ann Emerg Med. 2016 Oct;68(4):501-508.
  • Counselman FL1, Borenstein MA, Chisholm CD, Epter ML, Khandelwal S, Kraus CK, Luber SD, Marco CA, Promes SB, Schmitz G; EM Model Review Task Force, Keehbauch JN; American Board of Emergency Medicine. The 2013 Model of the Clinical Practice of Emergency Medicine. Acad Emerg Med. 2014 May;21(5):574-98
  • Singer A, Taira B, Chale, S, Bhat, R, Kennedy, D, Schmitz, G. Primary versus secondary closure of cutaneous abscesses in the emergency department: a RCT. Acad Emerg Med 2013;20(1):27-32.
  • Singer A, Taira B, Chale, S, Bhat, R, Kennedy, D, Schmitz, G. Primary versus secondary closure of cutaneous abscesses in the emergency department: a RCT. Acad Emerg Med 2013;20(1):27-32.
  • Olderog CK. Schmitz G. Bruner DR. Clinical and epidemiologic characteristics as predictors of treatment failures in uncomplicated skin abscesses within seven days after incision and drainage. J Emerg Med 2012. 43(4):605-11
  • Schmitz GR, Clark M, Heron S, Sanson T, Kuhn G, Bourne C, Guth T, Cordover M, Coomes J. Strategies for coping with stress in emergency medicine: Early education is vital. J Emerg Trauma Shock 2012;5:64-9
  • Schmitz GR, Bruner D, Pittoti C. Prospective Randomized, Double Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trial of Trimethoprim/ Sulfamethoxazole for Uncomplicated Skin Abscesses in Patients at Risk for Community Associated Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Infection. Ann Emerg Med 2010; 56: 283-287.