Peter E Schwartz, MD

John Slade Ely Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences; Vice Chair, Gynecology; Section Chief, Gynecologic Oncology

Departments & Organizations

Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences: Discovery to Cure | Gynecologic Oncology: Ovarian Cancer Early Detection Program

Cancer Center: Genomics, Genetics, and Epigenetics | Gynecologic Oncology Program

Cancer Genetics

Faculty Research

Yale Medicine

Office of Cooperative Research

Biography

Dr. Peter Schwartz has been a member of the Yale Cancer Center since he joined the Yale School of Medicine Faculty in 1975. He was the first Director of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology, which he formed in 1978, and the first Director of the Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship Training Program, which was approved by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Gynecologic Oncology in 1980. Dr. Schwartz has served as President of the New Haven Obstetrical Society, The New England Association of Gynecologic Oncologists, The Felix Rutledge Society and The Society for Gynecologic Oncology.His research has focused on gynecologic cancers and their treatment. He is recognized as an international expert on the management of the rare germ cell malignancies, as well as introducing neoadjuvant chemotherapy into the treatment of the common advanced stage epithelial ovarian cancers which now has been accepted as a standard treatment by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network for the United States. He performed the first prospective randomized trial incorporating hormonal therapy with conventional platinum-based chemotherapy based on laboratory research at Yale identifying estrogen receptor proteins in epithelial ovarian cancers. He reported the first series of gynecologic cancer patients to have massive hemorrhage controlled by selective arteriography and transcatheter embolization, coil placement or balloon catheter placement and subsequently showed these techniques could also be employed to control massive postpartum hemorrhage. His clinical studies on the management of uterine serous cancer established a very successful standard therapy for early stage disease, which previously had been associated with an extremely poor prognosis. He has had a strong interest in the early detection of ovarian cancer and established the Yale Early Detection Program for Ovarian Cancer in 1990, one of the first such programs in the United States. That program was based on prior tumor marker research and diagnostic imaging studies he performed with other collaborators at Yale. Dr. Schwartz is a member of the editorial boards of seven professional journals, has served on numerous Department and Yale Cancer Center committees and currently serves as a member of the Oncology Patient Safety and Quality Council and the Smilow Leadership Council.

Education & Training

MD Albert Einstein College of Medicine (1966)
BS Union College (1964)
Resident Yale-New Haven Hospital
Fellow MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas
Surgical Internship University of Kentucky
Board Certification AB of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Obstetrics & Gynecology (1973)
Board Certification AB of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Gynecologic Oncology (1979)

Honors & Recognition

  • Connecticut Magazine Top Docs 2016Connecticut Magazine (2016)

  • Top Doctors for Cancer, Newsweek Magazine, July 2015 (2015)

  • Connecticut Magazine Top Docs 2015Connecticut Magazine (2015)

  • America’s Top Doctors for Cancer, Castle Connolly Medical LTC, 2015 (2015)

  • Best Doctors in America (2015-2016) (2015)

  • America’s Top Doctors for Cancer, Castle Connolly Medical LTD, 2014 (2014)

  • Top Doctors in Connecticut. Connecticut Magazine, April 2013 (2013)

  • Best Doctors in American Database (2013)

  • Top Doctors in New York Metro Area (2013)

  • America’s Top Doctors for Cancer, Castle Connolly Medical LTD, 2013 (2013)

  • Outstanding Mentor Award; 1st Annual State of Connecticut OB/GYN Resident’s Research Day (2013)

  • Yale Cancer Center Lifetime Achievement AwardYale School of Medicine (2012)

  • Best Doctors in American database (2011)

  • America’s Top Doctors, Castle Connolly Guides, 10th Edition (2011)

  • America’s Top Doctors for Cancer, Castle Connolly Medical Ltd, 2011 (2011)

  • Top Doctors: New York Metro Area (2010)

  • Top Doctors in Connecticut. Connecticut Magazine April, 2009 (2009)

  • Top Doctors New York Metro Area, 12th Edition, 2009 (2009)

  • America’s Top Doctors for Cancer, 5th edition (2009)

  • The Best Doctors in New York, 2008 (2008)

  • America’s Top Doctors for Cancer, 4th Edition (2008)

  • Honorary Member Institute of Medical Sciences (2007)

  • Top Docs for Women. Connecticut Magazine, April 2006 (2006)

  • The Best Doctors in New York, New York, 2006 (2006)

  • Scientific Program Committee Seventh World Congress on Controversies in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Infertility, Athens, Greece (2005)

  • The Best Doctors in New York, New York 2005 (2005)

  • The Best Doctors in America, 2005-2006 (2005)

  • Scientific Program Committee Sixth World Congress on Controversies in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Infertility, Bangkok, Thailand (2004)

  • Scientific Program Committee Fifth World Congress on Controversies in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Infertility, Las Vegas Nevada (2004)

  • The Best Doctors in New York, New York 2004 (2004)

  • The Best Doctors in America, 2004 (2004)

  • Scientific Program Committee Fourth World Congress on Controversies in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Infertility, Berlin, Germany (2003)

  • The Best Doctors for Women. Ladies Home Journal, April 2002 (2002)

  • Scientific Program Committee Third World Congress on Controversies in Obstetrics and Gynecology & Infertility, Washington, DC (2002)

  • Scientific Program Committee Second World Congress on Controversies in Obstetrics and Gynecology & Infertility; Paris, France (2001)

  • The Best Doctors in New York, New York 2000 (2000)

  • Scientific Program Committee First Congress on Controversies in Obstetrics and Gynecology & Infertility, Prague, Czechoslovakia (1999)

  • 401 Best Doctors for Women. Good Housekeeping, August 1997 (1997)

  • The Best Doctors in America. American Health, March, 1996 (1996)

  • Canadian Society of Gynecologic Oncologists (Honorary Member) (1993)

  • The Best Cancer Specialists in the U. S. Good Housekeeping, October, 1992 (1992)

  • Outstanding Medical Specialists in the U. S. Town and Country, October, 1989 (1989)

  • Society of Memorial Gynecologic Oncologists (Honorary Member) (1989)

  • La Socidad Peruana de Cancerologia, (Miembro Honorario) (1985)

  • Masters of Arts (Honorary) Yale University (1985)

  • The Best Doctors in the U. S. Edited by J. Pekkanen, Seaview Books, New York, 1981 (1981)

  • American Cancer Society Clinical Fellowship (1973-1974) (1973)

  • Mayo Clinic Medical Student Fellowship (1965)

Professional Service

  • Yale Clinical Practice Group Board of Governors (1999 - 2000)

  • Operating Room Committee (1999)

  • Yale Clinical Practice Group Contracting & Planning (1998 - 2000)

  • 1997 – 1999 Board of Directors, 1995 – 2000 Membership Committee Gynecologic Cancer Foundation (1997 - 2000)

  • Yale Clinical Practice Group Transition Committee (1997 - 1998)

  • Care Management Work Group (1996 - 1996)

  • Clinical Quality Improvement Committee (1996 - 1996)

  • Medicare Managed Care Task Force (1996 - 1996)

  • Operating Room Management Group (1995)

  • Advisory Committee for Chief of Staff (1993 - 1993)

  • Operating Room Access Committee (1993 - 1993)

  • 2002 Department of Ophthalmology, 1999 Department of Surgery, 1994 – 1995 Department of Diagnostic Imaging, 1993 – 1994 Department of Ophthalmology, 1992 – 1993 Department of Surgery, 1985 – 1987 Department of Internal Medicine, 1983 Department of Laboratory Medicine Search Committees for Department Chairs (1992 - 2002)

  • President, New Haven Obstetrical and Gynecological Society (1991 - 1992)

  • Chairman, Search Committee for Section Chief of Perinatology (1991 - 1991)

  • Chairman, Search Committee for Section Chief of Reproductive Endocrinology (1990 - 1990)

  • 1999 Nominating Committee Chairman, 1997 – 1998 President, Society of Gynecologic Oncologists, 1995 – 1997 President-elect, Society of Gynecologic Oncologists, 1994 Program Committee Chairman, 1992 – 1993 Vice-President, Society of Gynecologic Oncologists, 1992 Vice President, 1991-1994 Program Committee Chairman, 1990 – 1994 Duke University Cancer Center External, Advisory Committee, 1990 –Present Reproductive Scientist Development Program, Executive Committee, 1986 Program Committee Member, Council Member, By-laws Committee Member Society of Gynecologic Oncologists (1990)

  • Operating Room Committee (1986 - 1989)

  • 1986 – 1987 President The Felix Rutledge Society (1986 - 1987)

  • Board of Permanent Officers (1986)

  • Executive Committee (1985)

  • Appointments and Promotions Committee (1985)

  • Medical Staff Cabinet (1984 - 1987)

  • Departmental Committee (1984)

  • Medical Board Liaison Committee (1982 - 1984)

  • Patient Care Support Committee (1982 - 1982)

  • 1999 Business/Administrative and Governance Working Group, 1999 – Present Performance Improvement Leadership Group, 1999 Chairman, Advisory Committee for Chief of Staff, 1982 – present Professional Education Committee, Yale Comprehensive Cancer Center Yale-New Haven Hospital/Yale University School of Medicine, Yale Cancer Center (1982)

  • 1997 American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, District 1, Scientific Program Chairman, 1992 – 1993 President, 1992 Program Committee Chairman, 1991 – 1994 Executive Committee, 1980 Founding Member New England Association of Gynecologic Oncologists (1980 - 1997)

  • Cancer Committee (1979 - 2009)

  • Executive Committee, Yale Comprehensive Cancer Center (1979 - 1995)

  • Human Investigation Committee (1979 - 1982)

  • Nominating Committee for Medical Staff Officers (1979 - 1979)

  • 1977 Public Issues Committee, 1976 Ad Hoc Committee on DES, 1976 – 1982 Professional Education Committee American Cancer Society, Connecticut Division (1977 - 1982)

  • Hyperalimentation Committee (1976 - 1978)

  • Residency Selection Committee (1976)

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Peter E Schwartz, MD
Patient Care Locations
Yale Gynecologic Oncology ProgramSmilow Cancer Hospital at Yale - New Haven
35 Park Street, Ste 1st Floor

New Haven, CT 06511
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Yale Gynecologic OncologyYale-New Haven Hospital Saint Raphael Campus
1450 Chapel Street

New Haven, CT 06511
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Yale Gynecologic Oncology- Danbury HospitalDanbury Hospital
24 Hospital Avenue

Danbury, CT 06810
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Office Location
Farnam Memorial Building
310 Cedar Street, Ste Suite 328D

New Haven, CT 06510
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Mailing Address
PO Box 208063
New Haven, CT 06520-8063