Richard Schwartzstein, MD
Pathways Course Director (Homeostasis I)
Dr. Richard Schwartzstein, the Ellen and Melvin Gordon Professor of Medicine and Medical Education at Harvard Medical School (HMS), is Associate Chief of the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC). A graduate of HMS, Dr. Schwartzstein has been an active clinical educator and researcher since he came to the HMS faculty over 30 years ago. A graduate of the Rabkin Fellowship in Medical Education he became director of the Shapiro Institute for Education and Research at HMS and BIDMC in 2004 and served as Director of the HMS Academy from 2009-2017. His textbook, “Respiratory Physiology: A Clinical Approach,” received a national award for its interactive style. Recipient of multiple HMS and national teaching awards, including the Robert J. Glaser award of the AAMC, Dr. Schwartzstein chaired the Steering Committee that developed the Pathways curriculum and he now serves as course director for Homeostasis 1 and Director of Education Scholarship. His education research focuses on the development of pedagogical approaches to enhance analytical reasoning, techniques to maximize the benefits of small group teaching and assessment of the role of simulation in medical education.