Mark D. Schwartz, MD is Professor and Vice-Chair of the Department of Population Health at New York University School of Medicine (NYUSOM). After studying medicine at Cornell University and training in internal medicine at NYU, Dr. Schwartz was awarded a Bowen-Brooks Fellowship by the New York Academy of Medicine to study medical education innovation in Israel and Holland, completed a General Internal Medicine (GIM) Fellowship at Duke University, and was selected as a Robert Wood Johnson Generalist Physician Faculty Scholar. In his practice, educational leadership, research, and scholarship, Dr. Schwartz has focused on improving health and health care of vulnerable, urban poor populations.
Dr. Schwartz has studied primary care workforce issues since the 1980’s and his health services research focuses on how primary care workplace characteristics impact physician stress and burnout and, subsequently, quality of care and medical errors. He led a VA study of the impact of panel management and microsystem education on outcomes in hypertension and smoking cessation. He now studies novel risk factors for diabetes and a randomized trial of community health worker intervention to prevent diabetes among patients with pre diabetes.
He has developed and led a portfolio of research training programs at NYU including the General Internal Medicine Fellowship Program and its Master’s of Science in Medical Education; NYU’s Clinical Research Training Program and its Master’s of Science in Clinical Investigation; Fellowship in Medicine and Public Health Research; and Primary Care Research Fellowship. He directs an international NSF-funded project to infuse evolutionary biology into medical education. He directs the Health Policy Concentration at NYUSOM.
As a RWJF Health Policy Fellow in 2009-2010, Dr. Schwartz served on the Health Subcommittee (Chair, Rep. Pete Stark, CA) of the Committee on Ways and Means (Chair, Rep. Sander Levin, MI). He worked on the Affordable Care Act and various Medicare payment policy issues including: Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) policy; Oversight of implementation of Health Information Technology (HIT) payment incentives; Inpatient prospective payment policy: Medicare Severity–Diagnostic Groups (MS-DRG); and Graduate Medical Education (GME) Medicare funding policy. He Chaired SGIM's Health Policy Committee; serves on NY State’s COGME; and has a pending appointment to HRSA's Advisory Committee on Training in Primary Care in Medicine and Dentistry.