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Colleen M. Schmitt, MD, MHS, FASGE, FACG
Colleen M. Schmitt, MD, MHS, FASGE, FACG
  • Galen Medical Group
  • Chattanooga, Tennessee
Dr. Colleen Schmitt is a board-certified internist and gastroenterologist. She has practiced as a consultant in Gastroenterology in Chattanooga, Tennessee with the Galen Medical Group, a multi-specialty group since 1993, and was elected President of the group in 2016. Dr. Schmitt obtained her Doctor of Medicine degree at the University of South Alabama, Mobile, Alabama in 1986, and then completed her internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Harvard’s Beth Israel Hospital in Boston. She completed a fellowship in Gastroenterology at Duke University Medical Center and a joint fellowship in Health Services Research at the Durham V.A. Hospital, where she finished a Master’s degree in Biometry and Informatics.

Dr. Schmitt has served on the Tennessee Department of Health Care Finance Technical Advisory Group for the Colonoscopy Episode of Care. She is the Co-Chair of the Gastrointestinal Disease Management—Medical and Surgical Clinical Subcommittee, advising on numerous Episodes of Care implemented by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in 2018.

Dr. Schmitt is a Fellow and Past President of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) where she founded the ASGE Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) program for women and minorities. She is a Trustee and Vice-Chair for the ASGE Foundation.

Dr. Schmitt is a Fellow of the American College of Gastroenterology since 1999. She has co-chaired the Research Committee, and has served on the College’s Ad Hoc Committee on Practice Parameters, National Affairs Committee, and Publications Committee. She currently serves on the Board of the GI Quality Improvement Consortium (GIQuIC), where she has also serves on the Measures Committee, and the Finance Committee.

Dr. Schmitt is a member of the ABIM Gastroenterology Specialty Board. She served as Chief of the Gastroenterology division, the University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga Unit, where she was also Director of Clinical Research. Her research experience includes founding medical director for the areas first multi-specialty clinical trials units, Southeastern Clinical Research and Memorial Research Centers. She is currently the President of Memorial GI Services, LLC and Medical Director of Chattanooga Endoscopy Center.

Dr. Schmitt has worked in health and policy at the local, state, and national level, and helped develop the Volunteers in Medicine Clinic in Chattanooga, where she has served on the Board, as well as the Board of the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Medical Society, and the Medical Society Foundation. She is a founding physician for Volunteers in Medicine, and a volunteer for the Project Access, organizations that provide healthcare for the uninsured. She also volunteers at local leadership programs and high school Biology, Anatomy, and Physiology classes. She has served on numerous other committees and boards for local and national organizations, and she has published several manuscripts and book chapters.

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