Lawrence B. Schwartz, MD, PhD

Division Chair

Lawrence B. Schwartz, MD, PhDDivision of Rheumatology, Allergy & Immunology

Department: Internal Medicine


Dr. Schwartz received his MD and PhD degrees in biochemistry from Washington University before completing an internal medicine residency at Barnes Hospital (Washington University, Saint Louis, MO) and fellowships in allergy and immunology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital; rheumatology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital; and diagnostic laboratory immunology at VCU. Schwartz joined the faculty at Harvard in 1980 as an assistant professor and moved to VCU in 1983, where he is now the Charles and Evelyn Thomas Professor of Medicine, chair of the Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology, and Program Director of Allergy and Immunology.

At VCU, he has received awards for research and for technical innovation. He is a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians. Dr. Schwartz has a strong national stature in allergy and clinical immunology and is known for investigation of mast cell and basophil biology. Of particular note is that he studied human α/β tryptases and developed immunoassays for tryptases as biomarkers of disorders involving mast cells. Physicians throughout the world now use the measurement of tryptase as a biomarker to assist with the diagnoses of systemic mastocytosis (a WHO criterion and FDA-approved for this purpose) and systemic anaphylaxis, to monitor mast cell cytoreductive therapy and to assess anaphylactic risk.

Lawrence B. Schwartz, MD, PhD
Charles and Evelyn Thomas Professor of Medicine
Chair, Division of Rheumatology, Allergy & Immunology

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