Berndt Schmit, MD, MBOE

Service Chief, Emergency Radiology
Associate Professor, Medical Imaging (Clinical Series Track)
Founder, Humanitarian Radiology Development Corps, 501c3

Berndt Schmit, MD, MBOE, is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Medical Imaging. Originally a faculty member in the Cardiothoracic Division, Dr. Schmit was promoted to Service Chief of Emergency Radiology and tasked with creating the Medical Imaging’s Emergency Radiology Section in 2019.

Dr. Schmit has been a practicing radiologist for over 20 years.  He received his medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine in 1991, and then trained for two years in the Emergency Medicine residency program at the University of Arizona.  He then completed his diagnostic radiology residency at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge Massachusetts followed by his Fellowship in Musculoskeletal Imaging at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston in 1998.  Dr. Schmit co-authored the textbook: Bone and Soft Tissue Tumors; a Multidisciplinary Review with Case Presentations, published in 2014. 

Dr. Schmit believes in cultures that create engagement and empowerment, and thus pursued the unique business degree at Ohio State University which focuses on the principles of Lean Management in the Healthcare setting.  He earned his Master of Business Operational Excellence degree in 2014.  Dr. Schmit is a consultant with Radiology Business Solutions which works with radiology private practices across the country.  Dr. Schmit loves to teach and has been honored with teaching awards from medical students and radiology residents. 

Dr. Schmit has a lifelong commitment to global health development. He first became involved in international charitable medicine as a third-year medical student when he worked for a summer in a public hospital in rural Guatemala. After several years of leadership experience in a Radiology non-profit organization, Dr. Schmit founded Humanitarian Radiology Development Corporation (HRD Corps) in 2017.  

HRD Corps is a 501c3 medical charity whose mission is to build self-sustaining capacity development in healthcare in poor regions of the world through their expertise and resources in radiology.  HRD Corps prides itself on addressing the full value stream of health care services in its projects in Bolivia, Haiti and Nicaragua.  HRD Corps has donated dozens of ultrasound machines, deployed X-ray equipment, implemented a rural mobile mammography program, implemented radiology PACS systems, given National Technologist Symposiums, lectured residents and technologists, given hands-on ultrasound training and repaired equipment.  Dr. Schmit is an invited lecturer on global health and radiology capacity development.  In 2018, Dr. Schmit created a Global Health Radiology curriculum for the University of Arizona Radiology Residency Program. 

Dr. Schmit is an outdoor enthusiast, photographer and classical pianist. He is an instrument rated pilot and often flies charitable dog rescue missions for Pilots N Paws.  His wife is an academic Oncologist and they are blessed with 3 wonderful children.

Research Interests: 
  • Implementation science of radiology capacity development in poor resource settings
  • Alternative ultrasound training programs for the austere environment
  • Hand-held ultrasound equipment development and implementation
  • Pre-hospital use of ultrasound for trauma patients
  • MD: Tufts University School of Medicine - Boston, 1991
  • MBOE: Ohio State University, Columbus, 2014
Honors and Awards
  • • The Grand Saguaro Award for Outstanding Contribution to Medical Student Education, UArizona Department of Medical Imaging, 2018-2019
  • • The Grand Saguaro Award for Outstanding Contribution to Medical Student Education, UArizona Department of Medical Imaging, 2017-2018
  • • Attending Radiologist of the Year, University of Utah, 2000
  • • Chief Resident, Mt. Auburn Hospital Radiology Residency
  • University of Arizona, Emergency Medicine, 1991-1993
  • Mt. Auburn Hospital, Diagnostic Radiology, 1993-1997, Chief Resident , 1995-1996
  • University of Arizona, Emergency Medicine, 1991-1993
  • Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Musculoskeletal, 1997-1998
Board Certifications
  • American Board of Radiology, 1997 (lifetime certification)

Select Publications


Hershman, M., Y. Blain, M. Moise, N. Monchil, AA. Walters, and B. Schmit, "Experience with an Ultrasound Donation Program in a Low-Income Country", Journal of Global Radiology, 2020.
Tran, D., and B. Schmit, "An Aggressive Case of Mucormycosis.", Cureus, vol. 12, issue 8, pp. e9610, 2020 Aug 07. PMCID: PMC7478453 


Palacio, D., V. Arteaga, and B. Schmit, "Medical image of the week: post-traumatic diaphragmatic rupture", Southwest J Pulm Crit Care, 2018.


Palacio, D., B. Schmit, and V. Arteaga, "Medical image of the week: evolution of low grade adenocarcinoma", Southwest J Pulm Crit Care, 2017.


Bocklage, T., R. Quinn, R. Quinn, BP. Schmit, and C. Verschraegen, Bone and Soft Tissue Tumors: A Multidisciplainary Review with Case Presentations, London, England, JP Publishing, 2014.


Verschraegen, C. F., S. Movva, Y. Ji, B. Schmit, R. H. Quinn, B. Liem, T. Bocklage, and M. Shaheen, "A phase I study of the combination of temsirolimus with irinotecan for metastatic sarcoma.", Cancers (Basel), vol. 5, issue 2, pp. 418-29, 2013 Apr 11. PMCID: PMC3730334 


Verschraegen, C. F., H. Arias-Pulido, S-J. Lee, S. Movva, L. A. Cerilli, S. Eberhardt, B. Schmit, R. Quinn, C. Y. Muller, I. Rabinowitz, et al., "Phase IB study of the combination of docetaxel, gemcitabine, and bevacizumab in patients with advanced or recurrent soft tissue sarcoma: the Axtell regimen.", Ann Oncol, vol. 23, issue 3, pp. 785-90, 2012 Mar.


Wright, T., C. Yoon, and B. P. Schmit, "Shoulder MRI refinements: differentiation of rotator cuff tear from artifacts and tendonosis, and reassessment of normal findings.", Semin Ultrasound CT MR, vol. 22, issue 4, pp. 383-95, 2001 Aug.


Schmit, B. P., P. E. Burrows, K. Kuban, L. Goumnerova, and R. M. Scott, "Acquired cerebral arteriovenous malformation in a child with moyamoya disease. Case report.", J Neurosurg, vol. 84, issue 4, pp. 677-80, 1996 Apr.