Dr. Schutt grew up in Dover, Delaware. He graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs with a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering. Bob served in the Air Force as an F-4E phantom aircraft commander. He did a tour of duty at Da Nang, Vietnam and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and six Air Medals for missions flown over Hanoi during the Vietnam Conflict in 1972.
After returning from Vietnam, Bob left the military and attended medical school at Texas Tech University. There he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha honor medical society for academic achievement and community service. Dr. Schutt did his orthopaedic surgery training at the University of Colorado Medical Center and at Denver Children’s Hospital. While in Denver, using his engineering background, he designed the Synatomic Total Knee System for DePuy, Inc. The Synatomic knee became one of the standard total knee systems utilized in the United States.
Dr. Schutt served a second time in the military during Desert Storm as an Orthopaedic Surgeon in the U.S. Army. He was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for time spent taking care of soldiers in the 3rd Armored Division as he travelled with them during their campaign to retake Baghdad. At the conclusion of the conflict, he operated and cared for many Iraqi prisoners of war.
After leaving private practice in Colorado Springs, Dr. Schutt pursued a career in academic medicine. From 2003 to 2013, he was awarded the Underwood Endowed Chair for Pediatric Orthopaedics at Texas Tech University School of Medicine. During this time he served as the Department Chair and residency program director. He published two textbook chapters and numerous articles in scientific journals. He maintains the title of Professor and Chair Emeritus at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Dr. Schutt’s legacy in Orthopaedic Surgery is in the residents he helped to train. His knowledge and experience will carry on through them to the next generation of orthopaedic surgeons.
Bob and his wife, Suzanne, have three children, all of whom are physicians practicing medicine at major academic centers in the fields of Cardiology, Pediatric Ophthalmology, and ENT. They have four grandchildren who keep them young. Living in Colorado their hobbies involve outdoor activities, skiing, hiking, fly fishing, golf, scuba diving, flying, and tennis. Bob is a certified flight instructor and scuba diving instructor. While their children were growing up, the family was actively involved in equestrian activities. Dr. Schutt served on the Board of Governors for the United States Eventing Association and Suzanne served on the Board of Governors for the US Pony Clubs. All three children competed in 3-Day Eventing. Outside of medicine, music continues as a main interest for Bob. He played and studied the piano most of his adult life and more recently is focusing on the classical guitar.
Dr. Schutt continues to work as an Orthopaedic Surgeon for the Shriners Hospitals for Children as well as maintaining an active affiliation with The Children’s Hospital at the University of Colorado Medical Center in Denver. He serves on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Surgical Orthopaedic Advances. Dr. Schutt continues to be an Oral Board Examiner for the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. His practice at Alpine Orthopaedics involves areas in which he has maintained a special interest. These include general and pediatric orthopaedic surgery, sports medicine and related injuries, as well as orthopaedic trauma and joint reconstruction.