J. Sanford (Sandy) Schwartz, MD, is the Leon Hess Professor of Medicine and Health Management and Economics at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine and The Wharton School, Senior Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics and Senior Scholar at the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Schwartz is an internationally respected leader in clinically oriented health services research and policy. His seminal contributions to medical decision making, assessment of medical interventions and practices (comparative, clinical and cost-effectiveness), and the adoption and diffusion of medical innovation spanning three decades have impacted national and international policy and practice.
An elected member of the National Academy of Sciences National Academy of Medicine/Institute of Medicine (upon whose Governing Council he sits), Sandyserved for a decade as Executive Director of the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (Penn's University-wide center for health services and policy research) and Robert D. Eilers Professor of Medicine and Health Management and Economics He is past –president of the International Society for Medical Decision Making and of the American Federation of Clinical Research (the only non–bench scientist to lead what was at the time the nation’s largest organization of clinical investigators), and is an elected member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation, Association of American Physicians and American Clinical and Climatological Association.
Sandy has served as advisor and consultant to a wide range of public and private sector organizations, including the White House, federal and international agencies (Department of Health and Human Services, NIH, AHRQ, CDC, IOM, NAS, FDA, CMS, DOD, WHO); non–profit groups (Association of American Medical Colleges, National Quality Forum, National Committee for Quality Assurance, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, John A. Hartford Foundation); pharmaceutical, insurance, and managed care organizations; health care systems; and state health departments and regulatory agencies. He was Founding Director of the American College of Physicians’ Clinical Efficacy Assessment Project (the medical profession’s first evidence-based clinical guideline program), a Presidential appointee to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, Founding Editor of theAmerican Journal of Managed Care, associate editor (health services research and policy) Journal of General Internal Medicine, and editorial board member of Medical Decision Making.
Dr. Schwartz currently is a member of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield AssociationsMedical Advisory Panel, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Medicare Evidence Development & Coverage Advisory Committee (MEDCAC), Robert Wood Johnson Harold Amos Minority Medical Faculty Fellowship Program National Advisory Committee, ECRI Institute Board of Directors and the Agency for Health Research and Quality (AHRQ) National Advisory Council.
Sandy was honored by the Society for Medical Decision Making with both its Career Achievement Award and the John M. Eisenberg Award for Practical Application of Medical Decision Making Research and was the first recipient of the Samuel P. Martin Health Services Research Award. He has received numerous teaching awards, including the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, the University of Pennsylvania’s highest teaching award. Former co–director of Penn’s Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program and of several NIH health services research and clinical epidemiology training grants, he has trained and mentored some of the nation’s leading health services and policy researchers and policymakers in academia, public and private sectors.
Sandy graduated from the University of Rochester (AB History) and received his medical degree from and completed his residency at the University of Pennsylvania, where he also was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar, during which he obtained advanced training in health services and policy research, health management and economics, statistics, epidemiology, operations research, computer sciences, economics, law, and public policy at the Wharton School, Law School, and the Fels School of Public Policy.