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Heidi Beck Schwarz, M.D.

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Appointment: (585) 275-9835

Administrative: (585) 276-6558

Office: (585) 275-9835

Fax: (585) 276-1278

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I am a seasoned clinician in general neurology with special interests in movement disorders (fellowship trained), headache, stroke, vagal nerve stimulation for epilepsy, neurologic complications of bariatric surgery and celiac disease. Prior to returning to the University of Rochester, I was in private practice in the Finger Lakes region for over 13 years. I am currently the Chief of Highland Neurology where I have a variety of clinical, administrative and teaching responsibilities. Often I will see patients with a combination of medical students, nurse practitioners or residents. I have wonderful colleagues at Highland Neurology including Paul Twydell who is a neuromuscular specialist, Dr. Leslie Lee who is interested in general neurology and epilepsy, and Dr. Yurcheshen who is a sleep specialist seeing general neurology patients in the Highland Neurology Office.

Professional Background

Resident and Assistant Resident in Medicine
University of Rochester, Strong Memorial Hospital, 1983-1985

Assistant and Associate Resident in Neurology
University of Rochester, 1985-1987

Chief Resident in Neurology
University of Rochester 1987-1988

Fellow and Instructor in Movement and Inherited Neurologic Disease,
Department of Neurology, University of Rochester 1988-1989

Neurology Consultant
Partner in Ontario Neurology Associates
(Covering Geneva General Hospital, Clifton Springs Hospital, FF Thompson Hospital, Newark Wayne Hospital) 1989-2002

Assistant Clinical Professor of Neurology
University of Rochester, 1991-2002

Assistant Professor of Neurology
University of Rochester 2003-2004

Assistant Professor of Neurology
Chief of Highland Neurology
Director of the Highland Stroke Center
University of Rochester 2004-Present


I am currently a member of the Huntington's Study Group (HSG) and a site investigator for the DOMINO study at the University of Rochester. This is a futility study of minocycline in clinically definite HD.

I am a frequent reviewer for the journal, Neurology.

My publications, awards and lectures are listed elsewhere in my CV



MD | University of Rochester School of Medicine/Dentistry

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

09/01/1988 - 06/30/1989
Fellowship in Movement Disorders at University of Rochester Medical Center

09/01/1984 - 06/30/1987
Residency in Neurology at University of Rochester Medical Center

09/01/1983 - 06/30/1984
Residency in Internal Medicine at University of Rochester Medical Center

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2008 - Present
Fellow, American Academy of Neurology
Sponsor: American Academy of Neurology
Location: Minneapolis, MN

2008 - Present
A. B. Baker Teacher Recognition Award
Sponsor: American Academy of Neurology
Location: Chicago, IL

2008 - 2008
Leadership Development Fellowship
Sponsor: American Academy of Neurology
Location: Washington, D. C.

Chief Resident Teaching Award
Sponsor: Department of Neurology URMC
Location: Rochester, NY

1983 - Present
Alpha Omega Alpha Awardee
Sponsor: AOA

Citation for Fourth Year Medical Students
Sponsor: American Medical Women's Association
Location: Rochester, NY

Mary P. Dole Fellowship
Sponsor: Mount Holyoke College Alumnae Association
Location: Rochester, NY

1979 - Present
Phi Beta Kappa Inductee
Sponsor: Phi Beta Kappa Society
Location: South Hadley, MA

American Chemical Society Award
Sponsor: American Chemical Society
Location: South Hadley, MA

Sigma Xi Inductee
Sponsor: Sigma Xi Society
Location: South Hadley, MA

Mary Lyons Scholar
Sponsor: Mount Holyoke College
Location: South Hadley, MA

Magna Cum Laude in Chemistry
Sponsor: Mount Holyoke College
Location: South Hadley, MA

Sarah Williston Scholar
Sponsor: Mount Holyoke College
Location: South Hadley, MA

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Journal Articles

Dorsey, ER;: Wagner, JD; Bull, MT; Rizzieri, A; Grischkan, J; Achey, MA; Sherer, T; Chowdhury S; Meunier, C;Cappelletti, L; Rocher, C; Richard, IH; Schwarz, H; Kang, G; Ahmad, SH; Biemiller, RA; Biglan, KM. "Feasibility of Virtual Research Visits in Fox Trial Finder". Journal of Parkinson's Disease. 2015; 5: 505-515.

Schwarz, HB; Frtiz, JV; Govindarajan, R; Murray, RP; Boyle, KB; Getchius, TSD; Freimer, M. "Neurology advanced practice providers: A position paper of the American Academy of Neurology". Neurology Clinical Practice. 2015; 5(1): 333-337.

Parchi P, Capellari S, Chin S, Schwarz HB, Schecter NP, Butts JD, Hudkins P, Burns DK, Powers JM, Gambetti P. "A subtype of sporadic prion disease mimicking fatal familial insomnia." Neurology.. 1999 Jun 10; 52(9):1757-63.

Books & Chapters

Chapter Title: Neurologic Complications of Cardiac Surgery
Book Title: Heart and Brain: Interaction of Cardiac and Neurologic Disease
Author List: Schwarz K, Schwarz H, Meltzer R
Edited By: Weintraub M, Fass A
Published By: PMA Publishing Corporation 1991 in New York