Peter E. Schwartz, MD Professorship Fund

We are proud to announce the establishment of the Peter E. Schwartz MD Professorship Fund in honor of Dr. Peter Edward Schwartz, mentor, distinguished colleague, caring doctor and great friend. Early in his journey Peter demonstrated care and concern for women’s personal health issues and is credited with developing novel means of diagnosing and treating ovarian cancer and establishing the current standard of care for the treatment of women with serous carcinoma of the uterus.

The professorship’s purpose will be to support the work of someone following the path of Dr. Schwartz, focusing on basic and clinical research involved with reproductive cancers and programs in women’s health.

The highest honor a university can bestow upon a faculty member is an endowed professorship. At Yale School of Medicine, an endowed professorship distinguishes its namesake and holder as a leader in medicine. The endowed professorship also ensures that the particular focus and restrictions of the Chair are advanced in perpetuity, transcending the tenure of any individual faculty member.

Dr. Schwartz has cared for women with gynecological malignancies at Yale for over 40 years, and has a continued research interest into biomarkers for the earlier detection of ovarian cancer. His achievements were acknowledged in 2006 when then Governor Jodi Rell proclaimed November 18th as Dr. Peter Schwartz Day in Connecticut. In November 2012, he was honored with the Yale Cancer Center Lifetime Achievement Award and recognized as a pioneer and innovator in the field of gynecologic oncology.

His clinical research focus is on the use of neoadjuvant therapy for ovarian cancer and aggressive uterine cancer. He has never pontificated his contributions and few know all his accomplishments. However, it is widely known that many of his early theories, treatments and procedures are now recognized as the gold standard to be followed when treating all forms of reproductive cancers. Dr. Schwartz has consistently advocated for a multidisciplinary approach to cancer care and treatment, calling on his colleagues from radiology, pharmacology, medical oncology, surgery, the School of Nursing, etc., and has made education a priority throughout his tenure at Yale School of Medicine.

Please consider making a generous contribution in honor of Dr. Schwartz.

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