Peter Schmidt, Ph.D.

Senior Vice President, Government Partnerships

Peter Schmidt, Ph.D.

Senior Vice President, Government Partnerships

As Senior Vice President, Government Partnerships, Dr. Schmidt provides strategic and scientific leadership to Rho’s Federal Systems Division, helping to build on the Rho’s long history of pioneering research in the federal arena.

As a neuroscientist, Dr. Schmidt brings a wealth of experience in biomedical research having contributed as an inventor, principal investigator, and statistician across diverse domains. Prior to joining Rho, he oversaw basic, translational, and clinical research on the central nervous system (CNS) in his role as Vice Dean at East Carolina University’s Brody School of Medicine. During his long tenure at the National Parkinson Foundation, Dr. Schmidt designed and led the largest clinical study of Parkinson’s disease ever conducted, from its first patient enrolled to 10,000 patients at 30 academic medical centers in five countries. His biomedical research expertise also includes cystic fibrosis and Huntington’s disease, and he was appointed Chairman of the non-profit Huntington’s Study Group in 2021. Additionally, he has served on scientific and regulatory committees for federal programs, with recent research focusing on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on health and healthcare.

With a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University, Dr. Schmidt has an M.S. and a Ph.D. from Cornell University’s Sibley School of Mechanical Engineering, where he studied gait and balance and total joint replacement. He completed a fellowship at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, holds two patents, and is the author of many peer-reviewed journals.