Karl Q. Schwarz, M.D.

Karl Q. Schwarz, M.D.

Contact Information

University of Rochester Medical Center
School of Medicine and Dentistry
601 Elmwood Ave, Box 679
Rochester, NY 14642

Office: (585) 275-8218
Fax: (585) 273-5598

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Professional Bio

Dr. Schwarz is a Professor of Medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center where he has been the director of the Echocardiography Laboratory since 1992.



Dr. Schwarz received his undergraduate degree in 1979 at Bowdoin College in Physics. Dr. Schwarz studied medicine at the University of Rochester, where he completed medical school, residency and cardiology fellowship. During his training years, he developed an interest in studying ways of improving the quality and efficiency of treating cardiovascular disease. Dr. Schwarz then joined the faculty at the University of Rochester Medical Center, where he is now Professor of Medicine. Dr. Schwarz also holds a position as a Research Professor in Electrical and Biomedical Engineering at the Rochester Institute of Technology.

At Bowdoin College, Dr. Schwarz completed his research thesis in superconducting magnetometry. During his college years at Bowdoin College, Dr. Schwarz was fortu-nate enough to work for a time at Argonne National Laboratory, where he completed a research thesis on the electromechanical properties of Nitinol; a then novel memory metal made from an alloy of nickel and titanium.

Dr. Schwarz believes that the most effective way to improve medical care is through continuous medical education and continuous monitoring of medical outcomes. These two principles lead to the development of the Pronto cardiovascular system, a robust electronic medical record system that assists healthcare providers in the data collection process by pulling codified data directly from medical devices and then automatically creating robust text reports using a dynamic phrase generator. Dr. Schwarz is also known for his basic research into the behavior of small gas bubbles in a sound field. This work supports some of the principles that are now considered fundamental to the field of contrast echocardiography. More recently, Dr. Schwarz has been studying ways to better utilize and evaluate left ventricular assist devices (VADs), prosthetic heart valves, echo contrast agents, and cardiac transplantation. Some of this work is performed in conjunction with professors at the Rochester Institute of Technology, where Dr. Schwarz holds a position as a Research Professor in Electrical and Biomedical Engineering. His newest project is an on-line school for ultrasound education with the intended audience being sonographers.

Dr. Schwarz has been the Director of the Echocardiography Lab at the University of Rochester Medical Center since 1992. The Echocardiography Lab is staffed by 14 so-nographers and 7 nurses, and they perform over 14,000 procedures a year at the Medi-cal Center and throughout the western upstate NY region using a mobile echocardio-graphy service. Dr. Schwarz has performed and interpreted over 72,000 echocardio-grams, including 10,000 transesophageal studies. He currently attends on about a quarter of all echocardiograms performed at the University of Rochester. Dr. Schwarz is responsible for training 15 cardiovascular fellows a year in echocardiography.

Bio

Dr. Schwarz is a Professor of Medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center where he has been the director of the Echocardiography Laboratory since 1992.



Dr. Schwarz' primary day to day focus remains improving the care of patients through excellence in cardiac imaging. To this end, he has instituted a program to increase quantification and accuracy of echocardiographic imaging studies. Dr. Schwarz calls this program "Echo 2.0", and it includes quantifying right and left ventricular anatomy and systolic/diastolic function using all available means, and using innovative new measurements to fully characterize valvular anatomy/function and overall cardiovascular physiology. These efforts have already lead to a reduction in the need for invasive procedures and improved patient outcome.

Dr. Schwarz received his undergraduate degree in 1979 at Bowdoin College in Physics. Dr. Schwarz studied medicine at the University of Rochester, where he completed medical school, residency and cardiology fellowship. During his training years, he developed an interest in studying ways of improving the quality and efficiency of treating cardiovascular disease. Dr. Schwarz then joined the faculty at the University of Rochester Medical Center, where he is now Professor of Medicine. Dr. Schwarz also holds a position as a Research Professor in Electrical and Biomedical Engineering at the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Current Appointments

Professor - Department of Medicine, Cardiology (SMD) - Primary
Professor - Department of Anesthesiology (SMD)

Specialties

Internal Medicine - American Board of Internal Medicine
Cardiovascular Disease - American Board of Internal Medicine

Education

MD | Medicine | Univ Rochester Sch Med/Dent1983
BA | Physics | Bowdoin College1979

Post-Doctoral Training & Residency

Fellowship in Cardiovascular Disease at University of Rochester Medical Center07/01/1986 - 06/30/1990
Residency in Internal Medicine at University of Rochester Medical Center07/01/1984 - 06/30/1986
Internship in Internal Medicine at University of Rochester Medical Center07/01/1983 - 06/30/1984