A. Frederick Schild, MD, a board-certified surgeon, has dedicated his career to advancing the field of vascular surgery. Dr. Schild has a distinguished record of service and leadership. He served as President of the Florida Medical Association, the Dade County Medical Association, the Florida Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, and the American Society of General Surgeons.
He is the Founding President of the Vascular Access Society of the Americas, which today is still the only multidisciplinary organization representing the field of vascular access.
Dr. Schild was a delegate to the American Medical Association (AMA) from the state of Florida for twelve years, serving as Vice Chairman of the delegation for three years. He also served as Vice Chair of the AMA Council on Long-range Planning and Development. In the American College of Surgeons, he served six years on the Board of Governors and six years on the Advisory Council for General Surgery, as well serving on their Health Policy Steering Committee (legislation).
He has been an active member of many societies over the years including the Society of Vascular Surgery, the Society for Clinical Vascular Surgery, the Florida Vascular Society, the South Florida Society for Vascular Surgery, the American College Surgeons, the Southern Surgical Association, the Southeastern Surgical Congress and the Vascular Access Society of the Americas.
Recognized for outstanding dedication and service to the medical profession in the field of Surgery, the Florida Chapter of the American College of Surgeons honored Dr. Schild in 2004 with the Raymond Alexander Award; their highest honor. In 2006, he was honored with The South Florida Chapter of the American College of Surgeons’ Distinguished Service Award, also their highest honor.
Also in 2006, he was awarded both the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Florida Chapter of the American College of Surgeons and the Lifetime Achievement Award from by the Florida Medical
Association. In 2008, the Medical University of South Carolina honored Dr. Schild with the College of Medicine’s Distinguished Alumnus Award.
A native of Conway, SC, Dr. Schild received his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina in 1957. He completed a rotating internship at L.A. County Hospital in Los Angeles followed by a year of surgical residency at MUSC. He completed his surgical training at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital, where he served as chief resident. Upon completion,
Dr. Schild served two years in the US Army on active duty.
After discharge, Dr. Schild opened a private practice in general and vascular surgery founded the Surgical Group of Miami with four other surgeons and began serving on the voluntary faculty of the University of Miami.
In 1992, he joined the full-time faculty of the University of Miami, Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine as Professor of Surgery and ran the Vascular Access Surgery for Dialysis Program.
Winner of numerous teaching awards during his tenure, he gave the Commencement address to the 1995 University of Miami School of Medicine graduating class. Dr. Schild currently serves as Professor of Surgery, Clerkship Deputy Director at Florida International University, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, devoting his time to research, teaching and speaking.
Dr. Schild and his wife, Judy, reside in Miami and have two children and two grandchildren.