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Karl Q. Schwarz, M.D.

Cardiology

Clinical Interests

General Cardiology

Contact Information

Phone Numbers

Appointment: (585) 275-8218

Appointment: (585) 275-2475

Office: (585) 275-8218

Fax: (585) 273-5598

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Biography

Dr. Schwarz is the director of the Echocardiography Laboratory. He performs routine imaging and advanced imaging studies on patients with complex cardiac disease. He specializes in imaging of patients with mechanical assist devices. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease.

Professional Background

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.

Research

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.

Credentials

Faculty Appointments

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

Specialties

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

Education

1979
BA | Bowdoin College
Physics

1983
MD | Univ Rochester Sch Med/Dent
Medicine

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

07/01/1983 - 06/30/1984
Internship in Internal Medicine at University of Rochester Medical Center

07/01/1984 - 06/30/1986
Residency in Internal Medicine at University of Rochester Medical Center

07/01/1986 - 06/30/1990
Fellowship in Internal Medicine: Cardiovascular Disease at University of Rochester Medical Center

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Publications

Journal Articles

5/15/2016
Alkhouli M, Sajjad W, Lee J, Fernandez G, Waits B, Schwarz KQ, Cove CJ. "Prevalence of Non-Left Anterior Descending Septal Perforator Culprit in Patients With Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Undergoing Alcohol Septal Ablation." The American journal of cardiology.. 2016 May 15; 117(10):1655-1660. Epub 2016 Mar 02.

5/2016
Tchantchaleishvili V, Hallinan W, Schwarz KQ, Massey HT. "Long-term total cardiac support in a Fontan-type circulation with HeartMate II left ventricular assist device." Interactive cardiovascular and thoracic surgery.. 2016 May 0; 22(5):692-4. Epub 2016 Feb 16.

3/2015
Lillie JS, Liberson AS, Mix D, Schwarz KQ, Chandra A, Phillips DB, Day SW, Borkholder DA. "Pulse Wave Velocity Prediction and Compliance Assessment in Elastic Arterial Segments." . 2015 Mar 0; 6(1):49-58. Epub 2014 Dec 06.

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