Lew C. Schon

Orthopedic and Dance Science Consultant



B.S., Union College; M.D., Albany Medical College


Lew C. Schon, a board certified orthopedic surgeon and Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, is Chief of Foot and Ankle Services at Union Memorial Hospital (UMH) in Baltimore, Maryland, Director of UMH's Foot and Ankle Fellowship Program, Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at the Johns Hopkins University, and Clinical Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Georgetown University School of Medicine.

Dr. Schon is internationally recognized as a foot and ankle expert and innovative designer of new surgical techniques and prosthetic devices.  His clinical and research interests include sports, dance medicine, Charcot neuropathy, nerve-related disorders and injuries, tendon transfers, and allograft reconstruction.  In addition to his community-based clinical practice, he has treated numerous professional dancers and athletes, and is the foot and ankle consultant to the Baltimore Ravens, Washington Nationals, Baltimore Blast, and the sports teams at Georgetown University.

Dr. Schon's reconstructive surgical procedure, the "bridge technique," and his patented prosthetic device, the Air-Limb, have enabled amputees to walk again.  His latest innovation is an alternative ankle transportation procedure.  Using an instrument called "the jig," a thin, curved slice of the ankle joint is removed and replaced with a matching section of donor bone and cartilage.  Other patented inventions include a special toe protector; the AirLift, a brace for damaged ankle; an artificial ankle replacement; and several surgical screws, plates, and rods.

To further his research, he founded UMH's Orthobiologics Laboratory, a 5000 square foot facility to perform clinically relevant orthopedic cellular and molecular investigations.  Current research focuses on the causes and treatment of tendinopathies.  They are also studying the role of human bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells in tendon and bone healing.  Additionally, he is the principal investigator of several biomechanical investigations and landmark prospective clinical studies.  Dr. Schon, a frequent invited speaker at national and international medical conferences, has received several major research awards, including the AOFAS Humana Award, Leonard J. Goldner award, and The Roger A. Mann Award.  He is the Associate Editor of the journal, Foot and Ankle International, and has published over 90 peer-reviewed articles in prominent medical journals.

Dr. Schon received a medical degree from Albany Medical College in Albany, New York and completed a foot and ankle surgical fellowship at The University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, Texas.