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University of Maryland School of Medicine Appoints New Director of Clinical Affairs Programs to Expand Leadership in the Office of Clinical Affairs

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

David Schwartz, M.D., FACOG
 David Schwartz, M.D., FACOG

University of Maryland School of Medicine Dean E. Albert Reece, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., has appointed David Schwartz, M.D., FACOG, as director of Clinical Affairs Programs.

Dr. Schwartz will have multiple critical roles intended to strengthen and expand the clinical services provided by faculty physicians at faculty practice locations throughout the state and at the 12 hospitals in the University of Maryland Medical System.In his new role, Dr. Schwartz will work directly with Anthony F. Lehman, M.D., M.S.P.H., the senior associate dean for clinical affairs. A specialist in maternal-fetal medicine, Dr. Schwartz will also have teaching responsibilities as a clinical professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences.

Dr. Schwartz will work collaboratively with clinical department chairs and with the leadership of Faculty Physicians Inc. (FPI) to implement a more patient-centered and seamless delivery model for patients visiting University of Maryland faculty practice locations around the state. In addition, Dr. Schwartz will develop and evaluate new opportunities for providing specialized care in the community. Dr. Schwartz will also assist with the timely and effective implementation of the EPIC electronic medical record system, which will come online at all University of Maryland faculty practice locations over the next 18 months. Enhancing patient safety and developing risk management programs are also on the agenda.

"Dr. Schwartz brings a wide range of healthcare management experience that will enable the School of Medicine to enhance its clinical programs so that faculty physicians may continue to provide the best possible patient care," says Dean Reece, who also is vice president for medical affairs at the University of Maryland and John Z. and Akiko K. Bowers Distinguished Professor at the School of Medicine. "Dr. Schwartz will work to forge strong relationships with community physicians and expand and improve clinical care programs at practice plan locations throughout the state."

Dr. Schwartz comes to the University of Maryland most recently from Sinai Hospital in Baltimore, where he was Chairman and Chief of Service of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Director of residency education. At Sinai, he oversaw the construction of a new labor and delivery suite and the Blaustein Women’s Center, and was also engaged in a variety of clinical practice management initiatives.

From 1984 to 2000, Dr. Schwartz was a faculty member at Wayne State University School of Medicine and professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology. During this period, he also served as Chair of OB/GYN and Chief of Obstetrics for the Northwest Region of the Detroit Medical Center. Dr. Schwartz was also appointed as the first Fann S. Srere Chair in Perinatal Medicine.

From 1978 to 1984, Dr. Schwartz was on the faculty of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine.He served both as a faculty member and a fellow in maternal and fetal medicine. His research activities included the use of fetoscopy for prenatal diagnosis and the assessment of placental blood flow. Dr. Schwartz earned his medical degree from University of the Witwatersrand Medical School in Johannesburg, South Africa. He served multiple residencies and fellowships in Obstetrics and Gynecology, General Surgery, Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Internal Medicine in South Africa and Oxford, England.

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