Brian Schwartz, MD

Infectious disease physician

Dr. Brian Schwartz specializes in treating infectious diseases, particularly infections that develop in patients who have suppressed immune systems, such as solid organ and hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipients. His research focuses on Staphylococcus aureus infection particularly the interaction between colonization and recurrent infection as well as antibiotic resistance mechanisms. Other interests include latent tuberculosis infection and Chagas disease in patients with suppressed immune systems as well as tropical medicine.

Schwartz earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan in biological anthropology and his medical degree from Rush Medical College before completing an internal medicine residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. He also held an infectious diseases fellowship at UCSF, where he is now an associate professor of clinical medicine and director of the infectious diseases clinics. Schwartz is a member of the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the American Society of Transplantation.


Infectious Disease at Parnassus
400 Parnassus Ave., Fifth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143-0327
Phone: (415) 353-2626
Fax: (415) 353-2568

Hours: Thursday
8:20 – 11:40 a.m.

Board Certification

Infectious Disease

More about Brian Schwartz


Rush Medical College 2001


Massachusetts General Hospital, Internal Medicine 2004


UCSF Medical Center, Infectious Disease 2008

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Clemente WT, Mourão PHO, Lopez-Medrano F, Schwartz BS, García-Donoso C, Torre-Cisneros J. Visceral and Cutaneous Leishmaniasis Recommendations for Solid Organ Transplant Recipients and Donors. Transplantation. 2018 Feb; 102(2S Suppl 2):S8-S15.
  2. Shinkai K, Chen CA, Schwartz BS, Loeser H, Ashe C, Irby DM. Rethinking the Educator Portfolio: An Innovative Criteria-Based Model. Acad Med. 2017 Nov 07.
  3. Schwartz BS, Chin-Hong PV. A Call to Action: Infectious Diseases Medical Educators Needed. J Infect Dis. 2017 Sep 15; 216(suppl_5):S600-S605.
  4. Sears D, Schwartz BS. Candida auris: An emerging multidrug-resistant pathogen. Int J Infect Dis. 2017 Sep 06; 63:95-98.
  5. Matsumoto A, Yeh I, Schwartz B, Rosenblum M, Schmidt TH. Chronic Helicobacter cinaedi cellulitis diagnosed by microbial polymerase chain reaction. JAAD Case Rep. 2017 Sep; 3(5):398-400.
  6. MacDougall C, Schwartz BS, Kim L, Nanamori M, Shekarchian S, Chin-Hong PV. An Interprofessional Curriculum on Antimicrobial Stewardship Improves Knowledge and Attitudes Toward Appropriate Antimicrobial Use and Collaboration. Open Forum Infect Dis. 2017; 4(1):ofw225.
  7. Chou J, Wallender E, Schwartz BS. Respiratory Failure in a Woman 8 Months After an Allogeneic Stem Cell Transplant. JAMA Oncol. 2016 Dec 01; 2(12):1651-1652.
  8. Baxi SM, Robinson ML, Grill MF, Schwartz BS, Doernberg SB, Liu C. Clinical Characteristics and Outcomes Among Individuals With Spinal Implant Infections: A Descriptive Study. Open Forum Infect Dis. 2016 Sep; 3(3):ofw177.
  9. Shekarchian S, Schwartz BS, Teherani A, Irby D, Chin-Hong PV. Is It Time for a Coordinated and Longitudinal Approach to Antibiotic Stewardship Education? Clin Infect Dis. 2016 Sep 15; 63(6):848-9.
  10. Melber DJ, Teherani A, Schwartz BS. A Comprehensive Survey of Preclinical Microbiology Curricula Among US Medical Schools. Clin Infect Dis. 2016 Jul 15; 63(2):164-8.
  11. Schwartz BS, Rosen J, Han PV, Hynes NA, Hagmann SH, Rao SR, Jentes ES, Ryan ET, LaRocque RC. Immunocompromised Travelers: Demographic Characteristics, Travel Destinations, and Pretravel Health Care from the U.S. Global TravEpiNet Consortium. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2015 Nov; 93(5):1110-6.
  12. Schwartz BS, Armstrong WS, Ohl CA, Luther VP. Create Allies, IDSA Stewardship Commitments Should Prioritize Health Professions Learners. Clin Infect Dis. 2015 Nov 15; 61(10):1626-7.
  13. Chow FC, Schwartz BS, Josephson SA. Opinion and special articles: An interdisciplinary neuroinfectious diseases clinic to improve patient care and training. Neurology. 2015 Jan 06; 84(1):e1-4.
  14. Berliner JG, Aldabagh B, Mully T, Yu SS, Schwartz BS, Berger TG. Non-tuberculous mycobacterial infections following cosmetic laser procedures: a case report and review of the literature. J Drugs Dermatol. 2015 Jan; 14(1):80-3.
  15. Yu WY, Manrriquez E, Bhutani T, Chaganti RK, Ruben BS, Schwartz BS, Fox LP. Sweet heart: A case of pregnancy-associated acute febrile neutrophilic dermatosis with myopericarditis. JAAD Case Rep. 2015 Jan; 1(1):12-4.
  16. Watkins ER, Shamasunder S, Cascino T, White KL, Katrak S, Bern C, Schwartz BS. Visceral leishmaniasis-associated hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis in a traveler returning from a pilgrimage to the Camino de Santiago. J Travel Med. 2014 Nov-Dec; 21(6):429-32.
  17. Zhang AL, Feeley BT, Schwartz BS, Chung TT, Ma CB. Management of deep postoperative shoulder infections: is there a role for open biopsy during staged treatment? J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2015 Jan; 24(1):e15-20.
  18. Levi ME, Kumar D, Green M, Ison MG, Kaul D, Michaels MG, Morris MI, Schwartz BS, Echenique IA, Blumberg EA. Considerations for screening live kidney donors for endemic infections: a viewpoint on the UNOS policy. Am J Transplant. 2014 May; 14(5):1003-11.
  19. Kanada KN, Schwartz BS, Pincus LB, Berger TG, Jacobs RA, Shinkai K. A therapeutic trial of antituberculous therapy for suspected lupus vulgaris: How long does it take to see clinical improvement? J Am Acad Dermatol. 2013 Nov; 69(5):e252-4.
  20. Rabe IB, Schwartz BS, Farnon EC, Josephson SA, Webber AB, Roberts JP, de Mattos AM, Gallay BJ, van Slyck S, Messenger SL, Yen CJ, Bloch EM, Drew CP, Fischer M, Glaser CA. Fatal transplant-associated west nile virus encephalitis and public health investigation-california, 2010. Transplantation. 2013 Sep 15; 96(5):463-8.

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