Dr. Schwartz began his career as an optometrist where he received his first degree from UC Berkeley. At that time his class standing allowed him to take and pass a special Master’s qualifying examination and in addition complete his work for the OD degree. He felt that the provision of Eyecare would be different in the future and felt large clinical practices would be the way care would be offered, so he then obtained an MPA in Health Services from USC.
He practiced optometry for six years but wanted to expand his options for patient care. He applied to Medical School, but at that time age restrictions in the US forced him to attend medical school in Mexico. Dr. Schwartz returned and was selected into a competitive program to allow him to finish his clinical rotations at the University of California at Irvine. He did his Ophthalmology residency through the Hollywood Presbyterian program, part of USC Doheny at that time.
Dr. Schwartz’s background in both Optometry and Ophthalmology led to his serving the American Academy of Ophthalmology in various positions finally as Chair of the Board of Councilors and as a Trustee of the Academy and President of the California Academy of Eye Physicians. After serving a number of years as an examiner for the Oral Boards of the American Board of Ophthalmology he was selected to be a Director of the American Board of Ophthalmology. During these years he performed thousands of cataract surgeries and taught cataract surgery through the USC department of Ophthalmology. He additionally has taught decades of USC ophthalmology residents the art and science of refraction for glasses prescriptions, leveraging his rare blend of both optometry and ophthalmology.
His work and research led him to the insight that the decrease in intraocular pressure occurring at the time of cataract surgery was at least partially due to the use of intraocular ultrasound. He carried through independent research to determine the proper parameters for a device to treat glaucoma using low power focused ultrasound. He has numerous patents for this instrument and technique and is working towards commercialization of this instrument (TUG) Therapeutic Ultrasound for Glaucoma.
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