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Peter Schwartz MD

John Slade Ely Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences; Vice Chair, Gynecology

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Peter Schwartz, MD

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  • Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences

    PO Box 208063

    New Haven, CT, 06520-8063

    United States

Peter Schwartz
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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)
  • Fellow
    MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas
  • Resident
    Yale-New Haven Hospital
  • 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

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Connecticut Magazine Top Docs 2016Connecticut Magazine2016
Top Doctors for Cancer, Newsweek Magazine, July 20152015
Connecticut Magazine Top Docs 2015Connecticut Magazine2015
America’s Top Doctors for Cancer, Castle Connolly Medical LTC, 20152015
Best Doctors in America (2015-2016)2015
America’s Top Doctors for Cancer, Castle Connolly Medical LTD, 20142014
Top Doctors in Connecticut. Connecticut Magazine, April 20132013
Best Doctors in American Database2013
Top Doctors in New York Metro Area2013
America’s Top Doctors for Cancer, Castle Connolly Medical LTD, 20132013
Outstanding Mentor Award; 1st Annual State of Connecticut OB/GYN Resident’s Research Day2013
Yale Cancer Center Lifetime Achievement AwardYale School of Medicine2012
Best Doctors in American database2011
America’s Top Doctors, Castle Connolly Guides, 10th Edition2011
America’s Top Doctors for Cancer, Castle Connolly Medical Ltd, 20112011
Top Doctors: New York Metro Area2010
Top Doctors in Connecticut. Connecticut Magazine April, 20092009
Top Doctors New York Metro Area, 12th Edition, 20092009
America’s Top Doctors for Cancer, 5th edition2009
The Best Doctors in New York, 20082008
America’s Top Doctors for Cancer, 4th Edition2008
Honorary Member Institute of Medical Sciences2007
Top Docs for Women. Connecticut Magazine, April 20062006
The Best Doctors in New York, New York, 20062006
Scientific Program Committee Seventh World Congress on Controversies in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Infertility, Athens, Greece2005
The Best Doctors in New York, New York 20052005
The Best Doctors in America, 2005-20062005
Scientific Program Committee Sixth World Congress on Controversies in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Infertility, Bangkok, Thailand2004
Scientific Program Committee Fifth World Congress on Controversies in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Infertility, Las Vegas Nevada2004
The Best Doctors in New York, New York 20042004
The Best Doctors in America, 20042004
Scientific Program Committee Fourth World Congress on Controversies in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Infertility, Berlin, Germany2003
The Best Doctors for Women. Ladies Home Journal, April 20022002
Scientific Program Committee Third World Congress on Controversies in Obstetrics and Gynecology & Infertility, Washington, DC2002
Scientific Program Committee Second World Congress on Controversies in Obstetrics and Gynecology & Infertility; Paris, France2001
The Best Doctors in New York, New York 20002000
Scientific Program Committee First Congress on Controversies in Obstetrics and Gynecology & Infertility, Prague, Czechoslovakia1999
401 Best Doctors for Women. Good Housekeeping, August 19971997
The Best Doctors in America. American Health, March, 19961996
Canadian Society of Gynecologic Oncologists (Honorary Member)1993
The Best Cancer Specialists in the U. S. Good Housekeeping, October, 19921992
Outstanding Medical Specialists in the U. S. Town and Country, October, 19891989
Society of Memorial Gynecologic Oncologists (Honorary Member)1989
La Socidad Peruana de Cancerologia, (Miembro Honorario)1985
Masters of Arts (Honorary) Yale University1985
The Best Doctors in the U. S. Edited by J. Pekkanen, Seaview Books, New York, 19811981
American Cancer Society Clinical Fellowship (1973-1974)1973
Mayo Clinic Medical Student Fellowship1965

Professional Service

OrganizationRoleDate
Yale Clinical Practice Group Board of Governors1999 - 2000
Operating Room Committee1999 - Present
Yale Clinical Practice Group Contracting & Planning1998 - 2000
Gynecologic Cancer Foundation1997 – 1999 Board of Directors, 1995 – 2000 Membership Committee 1997 - 2000
Yale Clinical Practice Group Transition Committee1997 - 1998
Care Management Work Group1996
Clinical Quality Improvement Committee1996
Medicare Managed Care Task Force1996
Operating Room Management Group1995 - Present
Advisory Committee for Chief of Staff1993
Operating Room Access Committee1993
Search Committees for Department Chairs2002 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 1992 - 2002
President, New Haven Obstetrical and Gynecological Society1991 - 1992
Chairman, Search Committee for Section Chief of Perinatology1991
Chairman, Search Committee for Section Chief of Reproductive Endocrinology1990
Society of Gynecologic Oncologists1999 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 1990 - Present
Operating Room Committee1986 - 1989
The Felix Rutledge Society1986 – 1987 President1986 - 1987
Board of Permanent Officers1986 - Present
Appointments and Promotions Committee1985 - Present
Executive Committee1985 - Present
Medical Staff Cabinet1984 - 1987
Departmental Committee1984 - Present
Medical Board Liaison Committee1982 - 1984
Patient Care Support Committee1982
Yale-New Haven Hospital/Yale University School of Medicine, Yale Cancer Center1999 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 1982 - Present
New England Association of Gynecologic Oncologists1997 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 1980 - 1997
Cancer Committee1979 - 2009
Executive Committee, Yale Comprehensive Cancer Center1979 - 1995
Human Investigation Committee1979 - 1982
Nominating Committee for Medical Staff Officers1979
American Cancer Society, Connecticut Division1977 Public Issues Committee, 1976 Ad Hoc Committee on DES, 1976 – 1982 Professional Education Committee 1977 - 1982
Hyperalimentation Committee1976 - 1978
Residency Selection Committee1976 - Present

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