Gary K. Schwartz, M.D.

Gary Schwartz, M.D.

New Patients Tel - 646 317-6041
New Patient Email -
Fax - 212 305-3035

Outpatient Office Location
Herbert Irving Pavilion, Garden
161 Fort Washington Ave at W. 165th St.
New York, NY 10032

Physician Summary

Dr. Schwartz is a board-certified medical oncologist and internist and Chief of Columbia University Medical Center’s Division of Hematology & Oncology. He is an internationally recognized expert in the treatment of patients with melanoma, sarcoma and in the area of new drug development. In addition, he directs a laboratory which focuses on the identification of new targeted agents for cancer therapy, especially in the treatment of these diseases. However, these agents are not disease specific and hold promise in the treatment of all solid-tumor malignancies. These laboratory studies allow for a bridge between the laboratory and the clinic, and many of these drugs that he tested in his lab are now being evaluated in clinical trials. His research studies have been supported by the National Cancer Institute, the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer, the Department of Defense for Breast Cancer Research, the Byrne Foundation, and the Food and Drug Administration. He is actively involved in clinical and translational research.

He participates in the efforts of a number of professional organizations including the Alliance, American Association of Cancer Research, American Society of Clinical Oncology, and the American College of Surgeons Oncology Group and Radiotherapy Oncology Group. For several years, he has worked closely with the National Institute of Health and served on a number of NIH review committees. Over the course of his career, he has received many awards including the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Research, Jeannik M. Littlefield – AACR Award in Metastatic Colon Cancer, and the New York State Teaching Award in the Empire Clinical Research Investigator Program. He has also been awarded a prestigious K12 award from the NCI for the training of the next generation of physician-scientists in cancer therapy. He is actively involved in the teaching and mentorship of junior faculty and fellows, and takes great pride in his active participation in patient care.

He has served on the editorial boards of a number of scientific journals, including Clinical Cancer Research and the Journal of Clinical Oncology of which he is currently an Associate Editor. He is the author of nearly 200 papers and 17 book chapters.

Clinical Expertise

  • Melanoma
  • Sarcoma
  • Drug Development

Board Certifications

  • Internal Medicine, 1986
  • Medical Oncology, 1989


  • Chief, Division of Hematology/Oncology
  • Professor of Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center
  • Associate Director, Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center


  • M.D., 1983 Albany Medical College of Union University

Internship and Residency

  • 1983 – 1986, Department of Medicine, North Shore University Hospital, Manhasset, NY


  • 1986 – 1988, The Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY