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Brian S. Schwartz, MD

Brian S Schwartz, MD
Associate Chair, Environmental Health Sciences
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  • Associate Chair, Environmental Health Sciences
  • Director, Environmental Health Institute
  • Director, Program on Global Sustainability and Health


Occupational Medicine, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

Research Interests

Occupational and environmental epidemiology; Cognitive function affected by chemical exposure; Biologic markers; Lead intoxication; Built environment; Environmental causes of childhood obesity; Health effects of chemicals; Gene-environment interaction; Health effects of climate change; Metals intoxication (mercury, arsenic, others)


Dr. Schwartz is a Professor in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Associate Chair of the department.  He is jointly appointed in the Department of Epidemiology in the School of Public Health and in the Department of Medicine in the School of Medicine.  He served as Director of the Division of Occupational and Environmental Health from 1996 to 2006 and as Director of the Occupational and Environmental Medicine Residency from 1993 to 1998.  Dr. Schwartz received a B.S. degree in chemistry from Tufts University in 1979; an M.D. degree from Northwestern University Medical School in 1984; and an M.S. degree in clinical epidemiology from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 1989.  He completed a residency in internal medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania from 1984 to 1987, and then was a Mellon Foundation Scholar in Clinical Epidemiology and a fellow in General Medicine there from 1987 to 1989.  He completed a fellowship in occupational and environmental medicine from 1989 to 1990 at the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, then joined the faculty there as an Assistant Professor in July 1990.  Dr. Schwartz evaluates patients with concerns about the health effects of chemicals from workplace or environmental exposures. He has extensive experience in clinical toxicology, work-relatedness determinations, and other aspects of clinical occupational and environmental medicine.


  • English


American Public Health Association

American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine

Society for Epidemiologic Research

International Society for Environmental Epidemiology

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  • Education +


    • Northwestern University The Feinberg School of Medicine (Chicago IL ) (1984)


    • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania / Internal Medicine (Philadelphia PA ) (1987)


    • Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health / Occupational Medicine (Baltimore MD ) (1991)
    • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania / General Internal Medicine (Philadelphia PA ) (1989)


    • Occupational Medicine, American Board of Preventive Medicine (1992)
    • Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine (1987)
  • Research & Publications +

    Selected Publications

    Selected publications from 2013 and 2014:

    Casey JA, Cosgrove SE, Stewart WF, Pollak J, Schwartz BS. A population-based study of the epidemiology and clinical features of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infection in Pennsylvania 2001-2010. Epidemiology & Infection 2013; 141: 1166-79.

    Tan BK, Chandra RK, Pollak J, Kato A, Conley DB, Peters AT, Grammer LC, Avila PC, Kern RC, Stewart WF, Schleimer RP, Schwartz BS. Incidence and associated premorbid diagnoses of patients with chronic rhinosinusitis. J Allergy Clinical Immunol 2013; 131: 1350-60.

    Liu AY, Curriero FC, Glass TA, Stewart WF, Schwartz BS. The contextual influence of coal abandoned mine lands in communities and type 2 diabetes in Pennsylvania. Health & Place 2013; 22: 115-122.

    Casey JA, Curriero FC, Cosgrove SE, Nachman KE, Schwartz BS. High-density livestock operations, crop field application of manure, and risk of community-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infection in Pennsylvania. JAMA Intern Med 2013; 173: 1980-90.

    Tan BK, Kern RB, Schleimer RP, Schwartz BS. Chronic rhinosinusitis – the unrecognized epidemic [editorial]. AJRCCM 2013; 188: 1275-6.

    Rudolph KE, Glass TA, Crum RM, Schwartz BS. Neighborhood psychosocial hazards and binge drinking among late middle-aged adults. J Urban Health 2013; 90: 970-82.

    Bobb JF, Schwartz BS, Davatzikos C, Caffo B. Cross-sectional and longitudinal association of body mass index and brain volume. Human Brain Mapping 2014; 35: 75-88.

    Shelley R, Kim NS, Parsons PJ, Lee BK, Agnew J, Jaar BG, Steuerwald AJ, Matanoski G, Fadrowski J, Schwartz BS, Todd AC, Simon D, Weaver VM. Uranium associations with kidney outcomes vary by urine concentration adjustment method. J Expo Sci Environ Epidemiol 2014; 24: 58-64.

    Casey JA, Shopsin B, Cosgrove SE, Curriero FC, Nachman KE, Rose H, Schwartz BS. Molecular characterization of MRSA infection and association with high-density livestock production in Pennsylvania, USA. Environ Health Perspect 2014; in press.

    Schwartz BS, Bailey-Davis L, Bandeen-Roche K, Hirsch AG, Pollak J, Nau C, Liu AY, Glass TA. Attention deficit disorder, stimulant use, and childhood body mass index trajectory. Pediatrics 2014; in press.


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    1979                Phi Beta Kappa, Tufts University

    1979                Summa cum Laude, Tufts University

    1979                Durkee Scholarship for outstanding undergraduate research, Tufts University

    1987-89           Mellon Foundation Scholarship, University of Pennsylvania

    1989                Recipient, Occupational Physicians Scholarship Fund Award

    1990                Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Faculty Development Award

    1994                Fellow, American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine

    2002                Advising, Mentoring, and Teaching Recognition Award, Johns Hopkins

    2010                Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching, Johns Hopkins

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    Lectures and Presentations

    Selected recent Invited Lectures:

    “Key Challenges of Our Energy Future: Can We Build an Energy Policy that is Both Equitable and Sustainable?” National Women’s Democratic Club, Washington, DC, June 2012.

    “Metal neurotoxicants.” Lecture in UCSF-sponsored CME course entitled “Occupational and Environmental Factors in Neurological Disease.” San Francisco, CA, November 2012.

    “Doing environmental epidemiology research with electronic health records” and “Environmental health data streams: health data.” In meeting entitled: The Heterogeneity of Environmental Health Data: Fostering Integration to Advance Discovery. For the Standing Committee on Use of Emerging Science for Environmental Health Decisions, National Research Council, Washington, DC, January 2013.

    “The use of electronic health records systems in ‘BIG’ environmental epidemiology.” American College of Epidemiology Annual Meeting, Louisville, KY, September 2013.

    “Navigating a career in environmental epidemiology: has complexification been informative?” Department of Epidemiology Grand Rounds, Columbia University School of Public Health, New York, New York, December 2013.

    “Ongoing studies on the health effects of unconventional natural gas development.” Invited participant in Impact of Unconventional Natural Gas Drilling Operations on the Environment and Public Health, Center of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, February 2014.

    Selected recent Scientific Session Presentations:

    Nau C, Glass TA, Liu AY, Pollak J, Hirsch A, Bailey-Davis L, Schwartz BS. Community socioeconomic deprivation and obesity trajectories in children using Big Data. 46th Annual Meeting of the Society for Epidemiologic Research, Boston, MA, June 2013.

    Casey JA, Curriero FC, Schwartz BS. Residential proximity to high-density livestock farms or manure-applied cropfields and risk of tetracycline-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infection in Pennsylvania, USA, 2005-2010. Joint ISEE, ISES and ISIAQ Environmental Health Conference, Basel, Switzerland, August 2013.

    Nau C, Ellis H, Hong H, Hirsch A, Bailey-Davis L, Schwartz BS, Pollak J, Liu AY, Glass TA. Exploring the forest instead of the trees: an innovative method for defining obesogenic environments. Annual meeting of the Population Association of America, Boston, MA, May 2014.

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