Richard M. Schwartzstein, MD, Ellen and Melvin Gordon Professor of Medicine and Medical Education at Harvard Medical School, is Associate Chief of the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) where he directs one of only two national centers for the study and treatment of dyspnea (shortness of breath). The Asthma and Dyspnea Center at BIDMC specializes in the evaluation of patients with dyspnea of unclear etiology or breathlessness seemingly out of proportion to the patient’s known pulmonary problems.
Dr. Schwartzstein has been an active clinical educator and researcher since he came to the HMS faculty over 20 years ago. He completed a Rabkin Fellowship in Medical Education, for which he was named the Kay Senior Fellow. He is course director of Integrated Human Physiology in the first year curriculum, and he developed the Principal Clinical Experience program at BIDMC for third-year students. His textbook, “Respiratory Physiology: A Clinical Approach,” received a national award for its interactive style.
Dr. Schwartzstein has been the Executive Director of the Shapiro Institute for Education and Research and Vice President for Education at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center since 2004. In 2009, Dr. Schwartzstein was named Director of the HMS Academy for Teaching Excellence and Educational Innovation. His work in the Academy focuses on the development of pedagogical approaches to enhance analytical reasoning, techniques to maximize the benefits of small group teaching, and assessment of the role of simulation in medical education.