Richard Schwarz, MD

Richard Schwarz, MD

Medical Director
LIJ Medical Center

Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine
Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

Since 2011, Richard Schwarz, MD, has been medical director of LIJ Medical Center, overseeing medical affairs, quality management, patient safety issues and standards of care. He is also the co-medical director of patient experience for Northwell Health’s Central Region.

Dr. Schwarz joined Northwell after 16 years with the North Shore Medical Group of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in Huntington, where he served as medical director, nephrologist and internist. 

From 2003-2007, he was chief of medicine at Huntington Hospital. He was also founding medical director of Carillon Dialysis Center and Island Rehab Commack Dialysis Center. Prior to coming to Huntington, Dr. Schwarz was chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine and director of the Medical Consultation Service at Stony Brook University Hospital, where he was an associate professor of clinical medicine. He currently holds the same academic rank at the Zucker School of Medicine.

Dr. Schwarz is board-certified in internal medicine, nephrology and gerontology. Frequently cited in New York magazine’s “Best Doctors in New York,” he was named Dept. of Medicine’s Outstanding Teaching Attending of the year while at Stony Brook, and received the Kidney & Urology Foundation of America’s National Medical Award in Nephrology in 2009. 

Dr. Schwarz received his medical degree from New York University after he attended Ohio Wesleyan University and studied in Belgium and Mexico. Following medical school, he was a medical intern and resident at LA County-USC Medical Center. He completed his residency and nephrology fellowship at Kaiser Foundation Hospital.