Dr. Schwartz was born in Philadelphia, Pa., and graduated from Central High School with Barnwell Honors. He received his BS degree from Temple University School of Pharmacy, graduating second in his class as a member of the Rho Chi Honor Society. Dr. Schwartz received his MD degree from Hahnemann University College of Medicine, graduating third in his class with Alpha Omega Alpha honors. He completed his medicine internship at Albert Einstein Medical Center and his residency in medicine at Hahnemann University Hospital. Dr. Schwartz was awarded an NIH research fellowship in nephrology.
Following training, Dr. Schwartz served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps at the rank of major at Letterman Army Institute of Research in San Francisco, Calif. He began his university faculty experience as instructor in medicine and nephrology at the University of California at San Francisco.
Dr. Schwartz moved to Philadelphia to join the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension at Hahnemann University School of Medicine, where he established the animal hypertension research laboratory as well as the human hypertension laboratory. Dr. Schwartz served as chief of nephrology and hypertension and director of dialysis at the former Philadelphia General Hospital.
At Hahnemann University School of Medicine he advanced to the rank of professor of medicine. He directed the Nephrology Service B for 15 years. He has over 30 years of clinical practice experience in nephrology and hypertension, leading a group of seven clinical nephrologists involved in dialysis, chronic kidney disease and complicated hypertension cases.
He later served as vice chair, Department of Medicine, clinical service chief and academic service chief, Department of Medicine, and director, Internal Medicine Residency Program and Senior Sub-Internship Program.
In the transition to Drexel University College of Medicine, Dr. Schwartz was interim chief of general internal medicine for three years and director of ambulatory care.
He was chair of third and fourth year clinical education committee of the College of Medicine, overseeing standards of clinical education for 15 years. Dr. Schwartz has received numerous “Outstanding Clinician” and “Outstanding Teacher” awards from residents, fellows and students, and has received the “Blockly Award for Bedside Teaching” from the College of Physicians. He has been nominated for Golden Apple and Golden Stethoscope awards a number of times.
He has served as a peer reviewer for nephrology and cardiovascular journals and as editor in chief of the Drexel University College of Medicine Medical Monograph. He has been a member of the ACP Scientific Planning Committee and has been a frequent ACP presenter. Dr. Schwartz has been director of continuing medical education for the Department of Medicine for 18 years. He has conducted 170 regional and national CME seminars utilizing CME grants in excess of $7,000,000. He directed interactive video telemedicine conferencing nationally and a CME web program, “Virtual Grand Rounds,” including streaming media, with an emphasis on hypertension, cardiovascular and kidney disease. He was director of the Drexel University College of Medicine Internal Medicine Board Review Course from 2001-2008.
Dr. Schwartz was founding president of the American Society of Hypertension, Delaware Valley Regional Chapter for four years and is now vice president of the ASHDV chapter. He was chair of the eight ASH regional chapter presidents.
Dr. Schwartz has spent four decades in clinical practice and clinical research, concentrating on clinical nephrology, chronic kidney disease, cardiovascular hemodynamics and clinical effects of antihypertensive agents and electrolyte disorders. He has been awarded over $3,000,000 in research grants.
His most recent studies have been on treatment of hypertension, use of combination anti-RAAS medications for hypertension, proteinuria, chronic kidney disease, diabetic nephropathy, potassium, hyponatremia, anemia of renal failure and iron utilization in renal failure.