Company: Associates in Adolescent Psychiatry
Location: Evanston, Illinois, United States
Marvin J. Schwarz, MD, JD, President at Associates in Adolescent Psychiatry, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Health Care Professionals for dedication, achievements, and leadership in psychiatric administration.
Dr. Schwarz obtained a medical doctorate from Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit in 1950 and followed with residencies in internal medicine and psychiatry. He thereupon served a fellowship in child psychiatry with the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and conducted coursework in nuclear science at the Oak Ridge Institute of Nuclear Studies in Tennessee, graduate coursework in mathematics at Ohio State University and postdoctoral coursework in molecular biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1954. He later earned his Doctor of Jurisprudence from Loyola University Law School in Chicago in 1983.
Dr. Schwarz’s lengthy and distinguished career includes research and development with the United States Air Force Pulmonary Aeromedical Laboratory and Ohio State University. He then excelled as director of biological laboratories for the Institute for Psychosomatic and Psychiatric Research and Training with the Michael Reese Hospital Medical Center in Chicago; faculty member of the University of Illinois; chief of child psychiatry with Rush University Medical Center in Chicago; administrator of Psychiatric Departments of Hospitals with Indiana University, Bloomington; and president of Associates in Adolescent Psychiatry, from 1961 to the present.
During his career, Dr. Schwarz assisted in the development of an aircraft for the United States Army during the Cold War; was actively involved, both as a physician and attorney, in civil rights and a series of cases and lawsuits against various states for the civil rights of the mentally ill; was involved in assisting states and local agencies in complying with the Individuals With Disability Education Act (IDEA) for many years and assisted in writing mental health laws in the interest of protecting the civil rights of the mentally ill.
Currently, at age 93, Dr. Schwarz consults with various government agencies relative to the concerns of the integration of federal, state and operational systems, in terms of providing health care; provides a small amount of patient care; consults occasionally for the government on civil rights of the mentally ill and compliance with the Individuals with Disability Education Act (IDEA); and practices a very limited amount of child psychiatry up to five hours a week.
Being multidisciplinary in the areas of basic science in his profession allowed Dr. Schwarz to have an integrated and meaningful view of his field. He believes that a major problem in the education of professionals in this country is obtaining training that is very narrow and does not provide them with a perspective of the eco-social implications of the profession. He feels that his training in math and thermodynamics was key to being able to deal with where medicine and psychiatry fit into our culture.
Dr. Schwarz maintains that the key pivotal point of his professional life was leaving his medical residency structure at the university in favor of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was directly moved into the air research and development command relative to long-term military planning. It was a crucial step because his work running the pulmonary physiology laboratory-produced extensive publications, which then led to a faculty appointment as a department head. He considers the crowning achievement in his career to be his work on the development of corrective systems for space suits and corrective models for potentially nuclear aircraft. Still active in medicine and law, Dr. Schwarz intends to continue to contribute in both fields.
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