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Richard Schwartzstein, MD

Dr. Richard Schwartzstein is associate chief of the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at BIDMC where he directs one of only two national centers for the study and treatment of dyspnea. The Asthma and Dyspnea Center at BIDMC, a multi-disciplinary program that includes cardiopulmonary exercise testing and pulmonary rehabilitation facilities, 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's research has linked basic physiology on the control of breathing and respiratory sensations with clinical dyspnea. He has an active collaboration with laboratories under the direction of Dr. Robert Banzett. Dr. Schwartzstein's work has resulted in a greater understanding of the distinct qualitative aspects of dyspnea, the links between the verbal phrases used by patients to describe their breathing discomfort and the underlying pathophysiologic disorders causing dyspnea, and the origins of chest tightness in asthma.

Dr. Schwartzstein is the Ellen and Melvin Gordon Professor of Medicine  and Medical Education at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and is the recipient of numerous teaching awards.  He has a strong interest in medical education and holds leadership positions in education at BIDMC and at HMS.  He is Vice President for Education at BIDMC and Faculty Associate Dean for Medical Education at HMS, and serves as Executive Director of the Shapiro Institute for Education and Research. From 2012-2015, Dr. Schwartzstein chaired the Steering Committee that designed the Pathways curriculum at HMS, which was initiated in August 2015.  Among his educational interests are the teaching of basic science at the bedside and the teaching and assessment of critical thinking. Dr. Schwartzstein is also the director of the Academy at Harvard Medical School, which provides faculty development programs and fosters innovation and research in medical education.

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Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
330 Brookline Avenue, ES-200
Boston, Massachusetts 02215