Robert A. Schwartz

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Robert A. Schwartz
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Member of the Rutgers University Board of Trustees
Assumed office
July 1, 2014 1
Preceded by Asha Samant
Personal details
Born Robert Allen Schwartz
(1947-06-30) June 30, 1947 (age 69)
Oakland, California, U.S.
Spouse(s) Camila Krysicka Janniger
(m. 1984–present)
Children Edmund Janniger
Residence Englewood, New Jersey
Alma mater University of California, Berkeley (BA)
University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health (MPH)
New York Medical College (MD)
Profession Physician
Biomedical researcher
University professor
Website Faculty profile
1. As Faculty Representative[1]

Robert Allen Schwartz (born June 30, 1947) is an American dermatologist.[2] He is professor and head of the Department of Dermatology at the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. He is also professor of medicine, professor of pediatrics, professor of pathology and laboratory medicine and professor of preventive medicine and community health at the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. He is best known for the co-discovery of AIDS-associated Kaposi sarcoma (KS-AIDS) and the Schwartz-Burgess Syndrome.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science at the University of California, Berkeley in 1969, a Master of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health in 1970, and a Doctor of Medicine at the New York Medical College in 1974, from which he graduated at the top of his class as a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. He trained in dermatology at the University of Cincinnati and at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute. He advanced in academia, from the University of Arizona and the University of California, San Francisco, to the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, where in 1983 he became the first permanent head of dermatology, establishing a dermatology residency program in 1984.

In 1981 Schwartz led one of the three groups that first described AIDS-associated Kaposi sarcoma (KS-AIDS). In 1978 he first described florid cutaneous papillomatosis. Schwartz is credited with the clinical description of new subtypes of Kaposi's sarcoma: telangiectatic Kaposi's sarcoma, keloidal Kaposi's sarcoma and ecchymotic Kaposi’s sarcoma. In 1981 he first described acral acanthotic anomaly (acral acanthosis nigricans). In 1980 Edmund Klein, Schwartz and associates published in Cancer one of the first effective treatments of Kaposi’s sarcoma, a type of cancer that became more frequent as the AIDS epidemic unfolded.

Schwartz has authored several books, including Skin Cancer: Recognition and Management, a leading book on cutaneous oncology currently in its second edition. Schwartz has also written 10 monographs, and is the author of over 250 book chapters, 500 articles, and 200 other publications. He has lectured in more than 30 different countries and, for eighteen consecutive years, was on the faculty of the annual meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology. Schwartz has been elected an honorary member of more than 20 national dermatologic societies. He has received multiple honorary doctorates.

Early life and education[edit]

Robert Allen Schwartz was born on June 30, 1947 in Oakland, California. He spent his four undergraduate years at the University of California, Berkeley, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in political science in 1969. He remained there to earn a Master of Public Health degree in 1970 from the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health. He then matriculated into the New York Medical College in Manhattan, from which he graduated as a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society in 1974. He trained in dermatology at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. He later completed a fellowship in dermatopathology. Schwartz is board certified in dermatology and in diagnostic and laboratory immunology.

Academic career[edit]

Schwartz advanced in academia, from the University of Arizona and the University of California, San Francisco to the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, where in 1983 he became the first permanent head of dermatology, establishing a dermatology residency program in 1984. He is professor and head, dermatology, professor of medicine, professor of pediatrics, and professor of preventive medicine and community health at the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. He is a Visiting Professor and Scholar of Public Affairs and Administration at the Rutgers School of Public Affairs and Administration.[3] In 2014 Schwartz began serving on the Rutgers University Board of Trustees.[1]

Schwartz is also in his second term as President of the World Health Academy, serving from 2011 to 2012 and 2014 to present, and has been active on National Institutes of Health study sections since 2004.[4] Schwartz has served as Faculty President of the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in 1993 and 1995 and as Chairman of its Committee on Appointments and Promotions twice.

He has been involved in many campus activities, including as Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society chapter president and Alpha Omega Alpha National Honor Society chapter councilor. He received the Faculty of the Year Award at the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in 2002 and has been chosen as Top Doctor multiple times by New York Magazine, Inside Jersey, and Castle-Conolly Guide to Best Physicians. A two-time past president of the Dermatology Section of the New York Academy of Medicine, he has been elected to a second five-year term on the Board of Directors of the International Society of Dermatology.

Schwartz has authored several books, most recently Skin Cancer: Recognition and Management, a leading book on cutaneous oncology currently in its second edition. He has written or edited 10 monographs, and is the author of over 250 book chapters, 500 articles, and 200 other publications. Many of these are in the area of dermatologic oncology, where he has had a special interest in epidermal tumors, paraneoplastic syndromes, and Kaposi’s sarcoma. He has published more than 50 full articles on Kaposi’s sarcoma since 1978, including one of the first three reports of KS-AIDS in 1981.[5][6][7][8] He was the first to describe many Kaposi's sarcoma morphologic variants.[9][10][11][12] In 1978 he first described florid cutaneous papillomatosis.[13] In 1981 he discovered and described acral acanthosis nigricans.[14][15][16] In 1994 he devised the commonly-accepted classification for acanthosis nigricans.[17][18]

Editorial activity[edit]

He has served as editor of the Acta Dermatovenerologica Alpina Panonica Adriatica, assistant editor of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, associate editor of Cutis and Acta Dermatovenerologica Croatica, deputy editor of Mycoses, contributing editor of Dermatologic Surgery, and section editor of the Journal of Surgical Oncology. He is a member of the editorial boards of numerous journals, including American Family Physician, Anais Brasileiros de Dermatologia, International Journal of Dermatology, Indian Journal of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprology, Indian Journal of Dermatology, Giornale Italiano di Dermatologia e Venereologia, Postępy Dermatologii i Alergologii, Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology, and Cesko-Slovenská Dermatologie.

Honors and awards[edit]

A partial list of Schwartz's honors and awards.

Decorations[edit]

Orders and awards[edit]

Award or decoration Country Date Place Note Ref
Hieronymus Fracastorus Medal  Italy 2003 Capri Awarded at the 31st Italian National Congress. [3]
Academia Medica Wratislaviensis Polonia Medal  Poland 2007 Wrocław The highest award bestowed by Wrocław Medical University. [3]
Stefan G. Nicolau Medal  Romania 2008 Bucharest The highest award given by the Romanian Society of Dermatology. [3]
International Corresponding Membership in the Amazonian Academy of Medicine  Brazil 2010 Manaus [19]
Amazonian Academy of Medicine Medal  Brazil 2010 Manaus The highest award given by the Amazonian Academy of Medicine. [19]

Honorary[edit]

Honorary doctorates[edit]

Institution Degree Location Date Note Ref
Tbilisi Medical Academy Doctor of Science Georgia (country) Tbilisi, Georgia 2013 "for his important contributions to the field of medicine, including original work in the acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) and Kaposi's sarcoma." [20]
China Medical University hon. prof. China Shenyang, China 2012 Conferred by the CMU president in an official ceremony. [21]

Personal life[edit]

In 1984, Schwartz married Camila Krysicka, a dermatologist and academic. Their son Edmund Janniger was an advisor to Polish Defence Minister Antoni Macierewicz for a short period of time in 2015.[22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Board of Trustees Membership Photos & Bios". Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Retrieved December 13, 2014. 
  2. ^ Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
  3. ^ a b c d "Robert A. Schwartz". Rutgers School of Public Affairs and Administration. Retrieved December 13, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Our Leadership". World Health Academy. Retrieved December 13, 2014. 
  5. ^ Borkovic, SP.; Schwartz, RA. (Dec 1981). "Kaposi's sarcoma presenting in the homosexual man -- a new and striking phenomenon!". Ariz Med. 38 (12): 902–4. PMID 7332494. 
  6. ^ Hausen, Harald Zur (2006). "Rhadinoviruses". Infections Causing Human Cancer. Weinheim: Wiley-VCH. 
  7. ^ Frederick G. Drabell (1 January 2006). New Topics in Cancer Research. Nova Publishers. p. 136. ISBN 978-1-60021-155-3. 
  8. ^ Christine Curry (2008). Notch Signaling and Mitotic Catastrophe in Kaposi's Sarcoma Tumor Cells. ProQuest. p. 6. ISBN 978-1-109-90113-9. 
  9. ^ Snyder, RA.; Schwartz, RA. (Dec 1982). "Telangiectatic Kaposi's sarcoma. Occurrence in a patient with thymoma and myasthenia gravis receiving long-term immunosuppressive therapy.". Arch Dermatol. 118 (12): 1020–1. PMID 7149746. doi:10.1001/archderm.118.12.1020. 
  10. ^ Schwartz, RA.; Kardashian, JF.; McNutt, NS.; Crain, WR.; Welch, KL.; Choy, SH. (Feb 1983). "Cutaneous angiosarcoma resembling anaplastic Kaposi's sarcoma in a homosexual man.". Cancer. 51 (4): 721–6. PMID 6681594. doi:10.1002/1097-0142(19830215)51:4<721::aid-cncr2820510428>3.0.co;2-2. 
  11. ^ Schwartz, RA.; Spicer, MS.; Thomas, I.; Janniger, CK.; Lambert, WC. (Aug 1995). "Ecchymotic Kaposi's sarcoma.". Cutis. 56 (2): 104–6. PMID 8536490. 
  12. ^ Schwartz, RA.; Spicer, MS.; Janniger, CK.; Cohen, PJ.; Melczer, MM.; Lambert, WC. (1994). "Keloidal Kaposi's sarcoma: report of three patients.". Dermatology. 189 (3): 271–4. PMID 7949482. doi:10.1159/000246858. 
  13. ^ Chou, Che-Yi; Yeh, Shih-Wei (2012). "Multiple brownish warty papulonodules on left dorsal hand". Dermatologica Sinica. 30 (2): 81–82. ISSN 1027-8117. doi:10.1016/j.dsi.2011.10.004. 
  14. ^ Walter H.C. Burgdorf; Otto Braun-Falco; Gerd Plewig; H. H. Wolff; Michael Landthaler (12 December 2008). Braun-Falco ́s Dermatology. Springer. pp. 1340–1347. ISBN 978-3-540-29312-5. 
  15. ^ Schwartz, RA. (Feb 2007). "Acral acanthosis nigricans (acral acanthotic anomaly).". J Am Acad Dermatol. 56 (2): 349–50. PMID 17224380. doi:10.1016/j.jaad.2006.09.027. 
  16. ^ Schwartz, RA. (Sep 1981). "Acral acanthotic anomaly (AAA)". J Am Acad Dermatol. 5 (3): 345–6. PMID 7263979. doi:10.1016/S0190-9622(81)80155-7. 
  17. ^ Ophelia E. Dadzie; Antoine Petit; Andrew F. Alexis (2 January 2013). Ethnic Dermatology: Principles and Practice. John Wiley & Sons. p. 94. ISBN 978-1-118-49784-5. 
  18. ^ S. Sacchidanand; Shilpa K. (30 June 2013). Snapshots in Dermatology. JP Medical Ltd. p. 1. ISBN 978-93-5090-459-6. 
  19. ^ a b Pecher, Simão (2011). "Médico estrangeiro é homenageado em Manaus". Jornal da Sociedade Brasileira de Dermatologia. 15 (1). 
  20. ^ "Rutgers Professor Robert A. Schwartz Receives Honorary Doctorate from TMA". Tbilisi Medical Academy. Retrieved December 13, 2014. 
  21. ^ Gao, Xing-Hua; Chen, Hong-Duo (2013). "Professor Robert A. Schwartz Awarded Title of Honorary Professor, China Medical University, Shenyang, November 20, 2012". International Journal of Dermatology. 52 (2): 262–262. ISSN 0011-9059. doi:10.1111/ijd.12131_2. 
  22. ^ 20-letni Edmund Janniger doradcą Macierewicza w MON. Kim jest? - Wiadomości

Bibliography[edit]

  • Gao, Xing-Hua; Chen, Hong-Duo (2013). "Professor Robert A. Schwartz Awarded Title of Honorary Professor, China Medical University, Shenyang, November 20, 2012". International Journal of Dermatology. 52 (2): 262–262. ISSN 0011-9059. doi:10.1111/ijd.12131_2. 

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Preceded by
Asha Samant
Member of the Rutgers University Board of Trustees
2014–present
Incumbent