Andrea Wershof Schwartz, MD, MPH
Adjunct Instructor
Boston University School of Medicine
Dept of Medicine

MD, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
MPH, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
MA, Jewish Theological Seminary of America

Andrea Wershof Schwartz, MD, MPH, is an Instructor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Staff Physician at the VA Boston Healthcare System and Educator in the VA's New England Geriatrics Research Education and Clinical Center (GRECC) in Massachusetts. As Site Director of VA Geriatrics for the Harvard Multicampus Geriatrics Fellowship Program, Dr. Schwartz introduced an innovative medical education curriculum into the fellowship, where she was awarded Outstanding Mentor of the Year in 2016. As a 2017-18 HMS Academy Medical Education Fellow, Dr. Schwartz is leading the development and integration of a longitudinal geriatrics curriculum in the new Pathways curriculum at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Schwartz is a sought after mentor and teacher for geriatric medicine fellows and internal medicine residents from Brigham and Women's Hospital, and leads geriatric educational sessions for interdisciplinary trainees at the VA, as well as a clinical practicum for the VA Geriatrics Scholars Program. Known for her creative and engaging presentations (including one comparing the rock band Van Halen’s infamously detailed concert venue contracts to the importance of geriatrics principles), Dr. Schwartz draws inspiration from the intersections of medicine and the arts and humanities, and has published her original poetry and research in a number of leading journals.

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Publications listed below are automatically derived from MEDLINE/PubMed and other sources, which might result in incorrect or missing publications. Faculty can login to make corrections and additions.

  1. Schwartz AW. What Van Halen Can Teach Us About the Care of Older Patients. JAMA Intern Med. 2017 03 01; 177(3):309-310. PMID: 28097312.
  2. Wershof Schwartz A. "The best of doctors go to hell": how an ancient talmudic aphorism can inform the study and practice of medicine. Virtual Mentor. 2014 Aug 01; 16(8):656-8. PMID: 25140691; DOI: 10.1001/virtualmentor.2014.16.08.mnar1-1408;.
  3. Runyan A, Ellington K, Wershof Schwartz A. A compelling practice: empowering future leaders in the medical humanities. J Med Humanit. 2013 Dec; 34(4):493-5. PMID: 23982812; DOI: 10.1007/s10912-013-9240-x;.
  4. Wershof Schwartz A, Clarfield AM, Doucette JT, Valinsky L, Karpati T, Landrigan PJ, Sternberg SA. Disparities in pneumococcal and influenza immunization among older adults in Israel: a cross-sectional analysis of socio-demographic barriers to vaccination. Prev Med. 2013 May; 56(5):337-40. PMID: 23402962; DOI: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2013.01.019;.
  5. Sternberg SA, Wershof Schwartz A, Karunananthan S, Bergman H, Mark Clarfield A. The identification of frailty: a systematic literature review. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2011 Nov; 59(11):2129-38. PMID: 22091630; DOI: 10.1111/j.1532-5415.2011.03597.x;.
  6. Wershof Schwartz A, Abramson JS, Wojnowich I, Accordino R, Ronan EJ, Rifkin MR. Evaluating the impact of the humanities in medical education. Mt Sinai J Med. 2009 Aug; 76(4):372-80. PMID: 19642151; DOI: 10.1002/msj.20126;.

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Bar chart showing 6 publications over 5 distinct years, with a maximum of 2 publications in 2013

Contact for Mentoring:

V.A. Medical Center - Boston , Geriatrics & Palliative Care/GRECC - 12D , 150 South Huntington Ave
Jamaica Plain MA 02130
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