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Charles Schwartz is the director of cardiothoracic surgery at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Hospital in Michigan. He previously served as assistant professor of cardiothoracic surgery at New York University Langone Medical Center from 2002-2012. He specializes in minimally invasive cardiac valve surgery and coronary artery bypass surgery. He has a particular interest in the application of Human Factors in health care to improve patient safety.

He earned his medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine. He served as a research fellow in the thoracic surgery research laboratory at the University of Michigan Medical Center and completed his general surgery residency at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, MI. He completed a fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery at NYU Langone Medical Center and then remained on the faculty at NYU for 10 years. He served as president of the New York Society for Thoracic Surgery in 2012.

Dr. Schwartz is active in the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the American College of Surgeons, the Association for Academic Surgery, and the Michigan Society of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeons.

Dr. Schwartz serves on the Board of Directors at Temple Israel in West Bloomfield, MI. Additionally, he serves on the University of Michigan New York City/Tri-State Major Gift Committee and the Greater Detroit Campaign Leadership Council. He lives in Birmingham, MI with his wife, Cathy, and two children, Claire (senior at U-M Stamps School of Art) and Joey (sophomore in U-M LSA).