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Lee Schwamm, MD

Associate Dean, Digital Strategy & Transformation, Office of the Dean, YSM; Professor in Biomedical Informatics & Data Sciences, YSM; Professor of Neurology, YSM; Senior Vice President & Chief Digital Health Officer, YNHHS

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Lee Schwamm, MD

Mailing Address

  • Yale School of Medicine

    333 Cedar Street - SHM - I-213 , (PO Box 208067)

    New Haven, CT 06520-8067

    United States



Dr. Lee H. Schwamm, MD is Associate Dean for Digital Strategy and Transformation for Yale School of Medicine, and Senior Vice President + Chief Digital Health Officer for Yale New Haven Health System. In this role, he is leading the development of a new digital health strategy for the school and the health system, and serves as an influential physician leader and an agent of change to catalyze the equitable adoption of virtual care and digital enablement throughout the enterprise.

Before joining Yale, Dr. Schwamm spent 3 decades of service at the Mass General Brigham Health System in academic and administrative leadership roles. He was the inaugural C. Miller Fisher Chair in Vascular Neurology, Executive Vice Chair of Neurology and Director of the Center for TeleHealth at Massachusetts General Hospital; Vice President for Digital Patient Experience and Virtual Care, and Chief Digital Advisor for the Mass General Brigham Health System, and a Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School. He oversaw all systemwide virtual care and telehealth activities including synchronous and synchronous virtual visits and consults, remote patient monitoring, virtual urgent care and online second opinions. During the first 6 months of COVID, he led adoption efforts for 10,000 clinicians to provide over 1.7 M virtual visits, and introduced a suite of innovative inpatient virtual solutions.

A graduate of both Harvard College and Harvard Medical School, he completed residency training in neurology, and fellowship training in stroke and neurocritical care, all at Massachusetts General Hospital where he subsequently joined the faculty in 1996. He has spent the past 2 decades in telehealth, as a pioneer in telestroke and a leading advocate and policy advisor for the American Heart Association. He is a an internationally recognized expert in stroke diagnosis, treatment and prevention and a Fellow of the American Heart Association, American Academy of Neurology and the American Neurological Association. His research has been funded by many organizations including the NIH, AHA, PCORI, AHRQ, HRSA, CDC, and others, and he is the author of >500 peer-reviewed articles and chaired many of the current practice guidelines for stroke and telehealth-enabled care delivery. Under his leadership, the AHA Get with the Guidelines–Stroke Registry has grown into the world’s largest stroke registry with over 8M patient encounters; it has changed stroke practice at hospitals across the US, and set a global standard for stroke care. He has received numerous awards for innovation, leadership, and advocacy in the field of stroke and digital health, and held many senior leadership positions within the AHA, including service on their National Board of Directors. He has served on multiple editorial boards, including the digital health section editor for Stroke, and the international advisory board for Lancet Digital Health.

Education & Training

  • Fellowship
    Massachusetts General Hospital (1996)
  • Residency
    Massachusetts General Hospital (1995)
  • Internship
    Beth Israel Hospital (1992)
  • MD
    Harvard Medical School, Medicine (1991)
  • AB
    Harvard University, Philosophy (1985)

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