David Schwartz, M.D., an internationally recognized scientist and physician and one of the foremost experts in the genetics of pulmonary disease, recently was honored with a Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Annual Award, which sometimes is referred to as “Colorado’s Nobel Prize.”
Schwartz is chair of the Department of Medicine, and professor of medicine and immunology at the University of Colorado with appointments at the Veterans Administration Medical Center and National Jewish Health.
Throughout his career, Schwartz has made numerous contributions toward understanding the role that biological and genetic determinants play in the onset of diseases like asthma and other chronic pulmonary diseases influenced by environmental exposures. His longstanding interest and research in the causes of pulmonary fibrosis have led to seminal discoveries that have revolutionized the understanding of this disease, and its potential treatment.
Regarded as an excellent clinician, teacher and mentor, Schwartz has been instrumental in developing training programs for physician-scientists through his leadership at National Institutes of Health and the University of Colorado. He has helped build a pipeline of physician-scientists and a framework for increased collaboration between clinicians and researchers.
His scientific and scholarly accomplishments have received national and international recognition with membership into the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians. He received the American Thoracic Society Lifetime Scientific Achievement Award, and was named the 2013 American Thoracic Society Amberson Lecturer. He has served on several prestigious scientific review committees and educational/advisory boards, and has lectured extensively across the world. He has published more than 200 peer-reviewed research papers, 75 reviews and editorials, 50 book chapters, and a textbook.
The Bonfils-Stanton Annual Awards Program was established in 1984 in recognition of Charles Stanton’s desire to honor individuals who are advancing excellence in the Foundation’s major areas of interest. Honorees are recognized at an annual luncheon hosted by the Foundation. Each honoree receives a financial award of $35,000.