M. Roy Schwarz, MD

Honored Member Award 1992

M. Roy Schwarz, M.D., is a native of the state of Idaho. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Pacific Lutheran University, and his M.D. (with highest honors) at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Dr. Schwarz has served on the faculties at the University of Washington, McGill University and the University of Colorado. He currently holds Professorships at the University of Washington, University of California of San Diego, and the University of Illinois. His research interests have spanned cellular immunology, nucleic acid metabolism, experimental medical education, and the use of communications satellites in education and health care.

His administrative posts have included Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Washington School of Medicine, Founding Director of the WAMI (Washington, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho) Program at the University of Washington, Director, Experimental Satellite Communications Program of the University of Washington, Dean of the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs of the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and Senior Vice President of Medical Education and Science of the American Medical Association.

He was President of the China Medical Board of New York, Inc., a private foundation established in 1914 to promote high quality, western medicine in China and elsewhere in the world for many years. The Board has programs in China, Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam, Mongolia and Nepal.

The author of over 150 articles, books and abstracts, Dr. Schwarz is Chairman of the Board of the National Center for Health Education, and serves on the Boards of Research! America, Dartmouth Medical School, and C. Everett Koop Institute Board of Overseers, University of Chicago's Council for the Division of Biological Sciences and the Pritzker School of Medicine, and The National Institute on Media and the Family.

The WAMI Program, which Dr. Schwarz initiated, provides medical education to three states without medical schools. This is accomplished by teaching the first year of medical school at four universities without medical schools and providing clinical education for students and residents in community locations, using practicing physicians as faculty members. After a quarter of a century of operation, it has placed large numbers of primary care and specialists physicians in underserved areas of the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. The satellite experiments in delivering medical education and health care across the WAMI region were the first of their kind in the world. These efforts, which began in 1974, proved that telecommunications is effective in delivering education, health care and administrative services to remote sites.