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Marvin Schwarz, M.D.
Interim Head of the Division of Pulmonary Sciences and Critical Care Medicine

Marvin I. Schwarz, MD, is the James C. Campbell Professor of Pulmonary Medicine at the University of Colorado. He was born to immigrant parents from Vienna, Austria, a mere 2 weeks after their arrival in this country upon their successful flight due to the Nazi invasion. 

Although Dr. Schwarz (“Marvin” to many of us) had originally dreamed of being a basketball player, he found himself drawn to medicine, as his father was an obstetrics and gynecology practitioner. When asked why he did not follow directly in his father’s footsteps, Dr. Schwarz replied, “I never liked women,” in a tongue-in-cheek fashion demonstrative of his whimsical irony. 

Dr. Schwarz graduated from Bard College and was an Alpha Omega Alpha graduate of the Tulane University School of Medicine. He completed his internal medicine training at the Charity Hospital of Louisiana and was most influenced by his earliest mentor, Morton Ziskind, MD, at Tulane. Importantly, he was captivated by the clinical prowess exhibited by Dr. Ziskind in the care of patients with pulmonary diseases. Following his pulmonary fellowship, Dr. Schwarz completed his military obligations in the US Army. He was then recruited to the University of Colorado by Tom Petty, MD, in 1972, and his career in Colorado has flourished ever since. 

Dr. Schwarz’s early scientific efforts focused on his true passion and were largely influenced by his interactions with Drs Ziskind and Petty. His contributions can be summarized by his astute clinical correlations of radiography and pathology. Along with one of his trainees, Talmadge King, MD, he authored five editions of one of the most prominent textbooks of pulmonary diseases, Interstitial Lung Disease. Dr. Schwarz acknowledges the tremendous growth in the field of interstitial lung diseases over the course of his 42-year

-Mark Geraci, MD  ​