The Most Trusted Name in Thoracic and Vascular Surgery in the Mahoning Valley

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Dr. Lawrence Schmetterer: New Information for Patients

Our patients are very important to us!

Many have serious health concerns that require expeditious evaluation and management, in many cases requiring outpatient or inpatient surgical procedures.

In the best interests of our patients, and in consideration of the current public health concerns and advisories regarding the COVID19 viral pandemic, the following are instituted effective Monday, March 16, 2020.

Outpatient Clinic Protocol

Patients who have appointments for routine follow up of testing, or long-term surgical follow ups, and are otherwise doing well, will be rescheduled for 4 weeks in the future. Any testing results such as ultrasound or CT scans will be reviewed once completed to confirm that no significant interval findings are present.

You will be asked to email or text a photo of the front and back of your updated insurance card and identification card if needed, in order to minimize handling.

If a patient has a need for an outpatient follow up visit, prescreening by phone will be completed by our staff. You will be asked if you have experienced fever, cough, cold, flu-like aches, or respiratory symptoms that are not a stable chronic condition. You will be asked if you have traveled abroad, or been on a cruise ship within the past four weeks, or if you have been exposed to anyone with the above potential exposures or conditions.

If any of the above are present, you may be asked to follow up immediately with your primary care physician for further evaluation and possible testing. If an outpatient visit is deemed urgent, provisions will be made for an expedited full evaluation of any vascular or thoracic problem with Dr. Schmetterer regardless of above exposures. This will be conducted in such a fashion as to ensure safety of staff and other patients.

At the time of a patient’s office visit, you can expect the following:

The waiting room will not contain magazines or books for general use. You are welcome to bring your own reading materials and of course, a smart phone.

Patients should self-seat a minimum distance of six feet from other patients, not including family members. In the event of crowding, you may wait in your car and receive a text when an exam room opens for you.

There will not be a “clipboard & pen” sign in process. You will register for the visit verbally with staff, who will also take your temperature with a sterilized forehead swipe device. Staff will wear gloves and masks. If you have a fever or outward symptoms of an active respiratory infection, you will be asked to follow up with your primary care physician.

New patients are encouraged to fill out their medical questionnaire at home prior to the clinic visit. If that is not completed, there will be an opportunity to complete the questionnaire with a sanitized clipboard. Please provide your own pen.

In the exam room, your seating will be on an exam table, covered with disposable paper. The table will be sanitized between each patient visit. While we will not exclude family members from accompanying the patient into the exam room, there will be no additional seating.

Outpatient and Inpatient Surgeries

The Surgeon General of the United States, the Ohio Department of Health, and Mike Dewine, Governor of Ohio have advised the cancellation of elective surgeries in the interest of patient safety and preservation of medical resources. An example of an elective surgery would be the removal of a benign fatty growth. Procedures deemed necessary would include any procedures involving the vascular system or lung disease such as cancer. Postponing such procedures could result in stroke, loss of life or limb. These are not considered elective procedures.

Many of our patients require inpatient or outpatient surgical procedures that, while not emergent, are necessary and required in an expeditious manner for serious medical problems. Rest assured, that your planned procedure, if deemed necessary, will be given the full support of surgical and hospital staff, including safe intensive care as needed.

The above policies and procedures are not intended to cause fear or undue concern. Our patients’ best interests are most important, and that includes keeping them safe from potential illness and assuring that significant medical issues are identified and treated quickly before any complications develop.

The current social and medical landscape is changing on a daily basis. Please follow us on Facebook or our website as updates may occur.


We will all get through this together.

Lawrence Schmetterer MD FACS

Dr. Lawrence SchmettererAbout

In 1967 I was 11 years old. This was the year that the first human heart transplant was successfully completed in Cape town, South Africa by Dr. Christian Barnard. The announcement was etched in my memory as this event captivated the evening news, newspaper headlines and the cover of Time magazine. This medical landmark was my introduction to medicine and the cardiovascular system. I visited the public library and read every book I could find on the heart, lungs and blood vessels.
What closely followed was the development of the artificial heart by the world-famous surgeon, Dr. Michael DeBakey in Houston, Texas. Dr. DeBakey appeared larger than life in the news. In seventh grade science class, we studied a cow’s heart, lungs and blood vessels. I was quite impressed, at the age of 13 years, when my grandfather traveled to Texas in order to undergo a vascular bypass operation by Dr.DeBakey himself. The operation saved my grandfather’s leg and added many years to his life.

For me, these events were amazing and further drew my interest to the field of cardiovascular disease Nothing mattered more to me than becoming a surgeon trained to repair the heart, lungs and blood vessels. From that point forward, all efforts and decisions were directed to achieving that goal.

Hard work lead to undergraduate studies at Duke University and Oxford, then medical school at the University of Illinois in Chicago with research in cardiac disease and a residency in General Surgery. Two additional years were spent at the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda where my experience deepened in cardiovascular and lung physiology. I was given the opportunity to perform original laboratory research in pulmonary vascular function and collaborated with scientists at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology and George Washington University who shared a common interest. During this time, my father required carotid artery surgery and coronary bypass surgery, both events spurring my desire to treat these diseases. He later suffered greatly from peripheral vascular disease, again, pushing me forward to treat others with this affliction. My experience in thoracic surgical oncology at the University of Illinois and a close family member with lung cancer also fueled my desire to pursue the surgical treatment of lung cancer.

After general surgery residency, I entered my cardiothoracic fellowship which brought me to Los Angeles for two years. I completed my training in 1992 and accepted a position to practice heart, lung and vascular surgery at Northside Hospital and St. Elizabeth’s in Youngstown, and have since expanded my practice to other hospitals in the Mahoning Valley. Perhaps due to my family’s involvement with vascular disease, my interest in limb salvage surgery developed further. I was fortunate to learn from leaders in this field and have employed these advanced techniques in my practice. My practice in treating diseases of the chest, most notably, lung cancer, has been extremely rewarding. I have had the great experience to follow many patients who are long term cancer survivors, some over twenty years since their surgery.

For the past 26 years, I have cared for people who live in my community. While my original childhood inspiration came from a titan of cardiovascular surgery, my daily motivation is to pursue what I love: fixing people and making them better so that they can enjoy all that life has to offer in our Valley. Whether it is bike riding along the Ohio Pyle River, walking through Mill Creek Park, attending a 50th wedding anniversary or attacking the cookie table at a wedding, good health is necessary to enjoy these activities to their fullest. I consider it a deep honor and privilege to be trusted and allowed to care for members of my community.


Conditions & Treatments

Thoracic Disease

Diseases that occur in the lungs, esophagus or chest.

Mediastinal Disease

Growths or conditions that occur within the middle part of the chest outside of the heart, lungs and esophagus.

Venous Disease

Conditions in which veins become diseased or abnormal.

 Arterial Disease

A circulatory condition in which narrowed blood vessels reduce blood flow to the limbs or organs.

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Dr. Schmetterer is our best Thoracic and Vascular Surgeon in Mahoning County. He demands greatness and has a wonderful bedside manner!
Erin Nick Nash
Erin Nick Nash
He is a great doctor, he did surgery on both of my lungs. I was diagnosed with cancer in my left lung first, and then two years later it was in my right lung. Dr. Schmetterer did both of my surgeries and I have been doing well.
Deb Barber
Deb Barber
Excellent physician and surgeon! saved my Brother's life!
Diane Pallai
Diane Pallai
that man is amazing, a year ago march 4th my left lung collapsed and he performed my surgery. not only is he caring during ur hospital stay he continues to care about his patients years later. thank u doc. ur the reason I'm alive today
Michelle Prasco-whaley
Michelle Prasco-whaley
Dr. Schmetterer is one of the best thoracic and vascular surgeons. We are fortunate to have his experience and expertise here in Youngstown.
Gina Merlino- Severino
Gina Merlino- Severino
Dr. Schmetterer saved my life with early detection of lung cancer & an upper lobectomy of my right lung. Excellent care & compassion for his patients. I will highly recommend him to anyone needing his type of specialty.
Claudette Crossland
Claudette Crossland
Dr. Schmetterer is great Doctor an excellent surgeon. I highly recommend him!
Rich Grimm
Rich Grimm
He is extremely thorough in what he does. I would trust him completely with all family members. He takes his time and never rushes his patients surgeries.
Karen Gregorino
Karen Gregorino
Excellent surgeon. I recommend him 100%.
Brenda Gorby-Carpenter
Brenda Gorby-Carpenter
One of the best so glad he is back at Northside Regional Medical Center
Angela Stanton Sullivan
Angela Stanton Sullivan
Very satisfied with the service, treatment and success of the procedure. Would highly recommend to all!
Ronie Haurin
Ronie Haurin
Absolutely the best surgeon... a true doctor that actually cares about his patients!!!!
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Lawrence Schmetterer MD FACS Thoracic & Vascular Surgery

20 Ohltown Road
Youngstown, Ohio 44515
Phone: (330) 743-3604