Gillian Schmitz


Department of Primary Appointment:
School of Medicine
Military and Emergency Medicine
Location: San Antonio Military Medical Center, TX
Research Interests:
Wound care
Education, health policy, advocacy


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 leadership positions within the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) and serves on the Board of Directors. 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.

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.

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.

Career Highlights: Positions, Projects, Deployements, Awards and Additional Publications

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

Representative Bibliography

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.