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Lisa Schwartz, MD

Professor of The Dartmouth Institute
Professor of Medicine
Professor of Community and Family Medicine

The Dartmouth Institute
Community and Family Medicine

Dartmouth Medical School, MS 1996
New York University School of Medicine, MD 1989
SUNY - Binghamton, BA 1985

The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice

Contact Information:

Dartmouth Medical School
HB 7900
Hanover NH 03755

Office: VA Hospital WRJ, VT
Phone: 802-296-5178
Fax: 802-296-6325
Email: Lisa.Schwartz@dartmouth.edu

Assistant: Doreen Dworzanski
Asst. Phone: 802 296 5178
Asst. Email: Doreen.Dworzanski@Dartmouth.edu

Professional Interests:

Dr. Schwartz's is in learning how to enhance the quality of medical communication to the public, patients, physicians and policymakers. Her work (in conjunction with Dr. Steven Woloshin) has 2 main approaches: improving the quality of messages presenting health information to people, and preparing audiences to make sense of the messages they receive. Her main focus is on the communication of medical statistics and information about the benefits and harms of screening and prescription drugs.

Courses Taught:

ECS 122 Survey Research Methods: Primary and Secondary Data

Selected Publications:


  • Schwartz LM, Woloshin S, Fowler FJ, Welch HG. Enthusiasm for cancer screening in the United States. JAMA 2004; 291:71-8

  • Schwartz LM, Woloshin S, Welch HG. Misunderstandings about the effect of race and sex on physicians' referrals for cardiac catheterization. N Engl J Med 1999; 341:279-283.

  • Schwartz LM, Woloshin S, Dvorin ED, Welch HG. . Ratio measures in leading medical journals: structured review of accessibility of underlying absolute risk. BMJ 2006; 323:1248-1250.

  • Schwartz LM, Woloshin S, Baczek L Media coverage of scientific meetings: Too much, too soon? JAMA 2002; 287:2859-2863