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Dr. Lawrence Schmetterer: New Information for Patients

It has been over a year since the COVID 19 Pandemic has affected all of us. Please consider this update as we move forward together.

We remain committed to the safety of our patients and staff. Thankfully, all of the restrictions on the scheduling of both inpatient and outpatient surgical procedures have been lifted as the volume of COVID 19 cases continues to decline at all area hospitals.

All of our staff have received the vaccine and have remained free of infection. All patients are encouraged to seek vaccination against flu and COVID 19. Please contact your primary care physician for details.

Patients presenting for office or hospital clinic visits are requested to notify our staff ahead of the visit if experiencing any symptoms of COVID 19 and to wear a facemask during the visit. Temperatures are taken on site. We continue to practice social distancing in the waiting areas, and frequently disinfect all patient and staff areas.

In the interests of safety and streamlining of our consultation and follow up processes for our patients, we will be transitioning from a traditional paper format to internet based media. We will be requesting email contacts so that we can better provide our patients with updates on our practice, appointment and testing reminders and reduce the need for paperwork. We recognize that many patients are not experienced with these newer forms of communication and will continue to work with all patients through a format comfortable to them as we move forward.

As I follow up with our established patients I am so thankful that nearly all have avoided infection with COVID 19. It has been a trying time for sure as many continue to struggle with isolation from family members and friends, and aspects of life to which we have grown accustomed. I truly believe that major improvement in daily life is just around the corner, largely due to social distancing and increasing vaccination numbers.

We remain committed to providing our patients with the best care and medical treatment.

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.

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Venous Disease

Conditions in which veins become diseased or abnormal.

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 Arterial Disease

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

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I have had feet, ankle, toe leg pain for years. I had been treated for neuropathy. I went to see Dr Schmetterer, had an altra sound done, and my condition is my varicose vein problem. Had my first procedure today and what a difference with one treatment.
Vernr Mullet
Vernr Mullet
Dr. Schmetter is a wonderful surgeon. He did amazing work on my father. He was very informative and professional. We could not be happier. His staff are all so kind and compassionate. A special shout-out to Leeanne Varner, she went above and beyond what she needed to do. She checked on my dad and treated both my parents like they were her family. I highly recommend the Dr. and his staff, I thank God we were referred there.
Angel Corey Beverly
Angel Corey Beverly
Good staff. Very attentive. Today's procedure was to inject medicine into varicose veins to dissolve. Good instruction to follow. Till next visit
Deborah Congonello
Deborah Congonello
Dr Schmetterer is by far the best Thoracic & Vascular surgeon In the region. Because of his Varithena treatments I’m able to sleep without waking up to deep leg pain, I am able to enjoy exercising again after an 8 hour work day. These treatments were quick and painless and I was able to drive myself home after the procedure. I Highly recommend Dr Schmetterer if you are in search of a Vascular surgeon. His staff is beyond helpful and great support during treatment. 5/5 definitely
Michelle Ann
Michelle Ann
Dr. Schmetterer and his staff were all very caring and professional during all of my appointments. I had an endovenous ablation on one leg and a varithena procedure on the other for varicose veins. The staff was always kind and willing to work with my work schedule for appointments. I would recommend this office to anyone with vascular issues. Glad to be a patient at that office!!
Michele Bowen Bechtel
Michele Bowen Bechtel
Dr. Schmetterer and his staff were absolutely wonderful taking of my mother. He has a very calming presence and explains everything so that you can understand. He even draws pictures! His office staff is kind and helpful. Melyssa was very good at keeping me calm during a few tense time. I highly recommend Dr and his staff to anyone looking for a vascular surgeon!!
Jan Williams Onatz
Jan Williams Onatz
Dr. Schmetterer took excellent care of my Mom in 2019 during her IVC filter procedure. Very professional and excellent bedside manner! 😎😊
Michelle DeVille
Michelle DeVille
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 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!!!!
Dan Cavanaugh
Dan Cavanaugh

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Lawrence Schmetterer MD FACS Thoracic & Vascular Surgery

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