Member Biography

Christian Max Schmidt, Ph.D.
Christian Schmidt

Christian Schmidt, Ph.D.

545 Barnhill Drive
EH 125
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Phone: (317) 278-8349

Research Program Membership

Full member:

Professor of Surgery
Department of Surgery
IU School of Medicine

Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
IU School of Medicine

Dr. Schmidt's research interests include:

Clinical Research Interests:

Director of the Indiana University Pancreas Cyst (and Hereditary Pancreatic Cancer Screening) Clinic (IUPCC) which coordinates the care and follow-up of close to 1,000 patients with precancerous lesions of the pancreas.

Internationally recognized expert on precancerous cystic lesions of the pancreas (intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasms and mucinous cystic neoplasms).

Director of the IU Robotic Pancreaticobiliary Surgery Program: performs minimally invasive, laparoscopic and robotic pancreaticoduodenectomy (whipple), distal pancreatectomy and other complex pancreaticobiliary cases.

Basic Research Interests:

Dr. Schmidt performs clinical trials and translational research directed at discovering novel biomarkers and targeted treatments of patients with pancreatic and liver neoplasia. His research is also focused on pancreatic cancer early detection. He directs the Pancreatic Cancer and Cyst Early Detection Center (PCC-EDC). The mission of the PCC-EDC is to prevent pancreatic cancer through rigorous identification, tracking and treatment of patients "at risk" for pancreatic cancer through a multidisciplinary screening clinic, registry, community outreach, education and research discovery. There are at present four components to the center:

  • IU Pancreas Cyst and Hereditary Pancreatic Cancer Screening Clinic (IUPCC)
  • IU Regenstrief Registry of Pancreas Cysts (IURPC)
  • IU Pancreas Tissue Fluid Bank (IUPTB)
  • IU Pancreas Cyst Biomarker Discovery Lab (IUPCL)
  • Dr. Schmidt's research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Veteran's Affairs (VA), the American Cancer Society (ACS), the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) and the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN) and the Lustgarten Foundation.

    For more information about Dr. Schmidt's research, please contact him directly via email or by phone 317-372-9011 (cell).

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    Ph.D. - Georgetown University, Washington DC 1995-1998

    Residency - Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD 1992-2000

    Fellowship - Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD 1992-2000

    M.D. - University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine, Chicago, IL 1988-1992

    M.B.A. - University of Chicago, Chicago, IL 1988-1992