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Schwartz, Steven O. (Steven Otto), 1911-1998



  • Existence: 1911-1998


Steven Otto Schwartz was born in Hungary on July 6, 1911, the son of Otto and Henrietta (Lemberger) Schwartz. He came to the United States in 1923 and became a naturalized citizen in 1929. Schwartz received his B.S. degree in 1932, his M.S. in 1935, and his M.D. in 1936, with all degrees awarded by Northwestern University. He married Ruth Diemel on April 24, 1942. The couple had three children: Kay, Ann, and James.

Between 1935 and 1937 Schwartz was an intern at the Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago. During 1937-1938 he served as a research associate in hematology at the Beth Israel Hospital in Boston and for much of the same time was a Charlton research fellow in medicine at the Medical School of Tufts College. Between 1938 and 1950 Schwartz was an associate hematologist at the Michael Reese Hospital and chief of hematology at its Mandel Clinic. He was the attending hematologist at the Cook County Hospital (1339-1960) and at the West Side Veterans Hospital (1955-1956) in Chicago. From 1942 to 1968 he directed the department of hematology at the Hektoen Institute for Medical Research at Cook County Hospital.

Schwartz acted as a consulting hematologist at a number of Chicago area hospitals including Columbus, Illinois Masonic, Mother Cabrini, Chicago State, and Highland Park. Other positions held included senior attending physician at Wesley Memorial Hospital and associate of medicine at Mt. Sinai hospital in Chicago.

Schwartz's teaching career began in 1939 when he accepted appointment as professor of internal medicine at the Cook County Graduate School of Medicine. He held this position until 1968. He served as an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Illinois from 1942 to 1947, as professor of hematology at Chicago Medical School from 1947 to 1955, and as associate professor (1955-1959) and professor (1959-1979) of medicine at the Northwestern University Medical School. Upon his retirement from the Northwestern faculty, the University's Board of Trustees accorded him an appointment as emeritus professor.

Schwartz held memberships and fellowships in many professional societies including, among others, the American Medical Association, the American College of Physicians, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Association for Cancer Research, the American Federation for Clinical Research, the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine, the Central Society for Clinical Research, the Chicago Society of Internal Medicine, the American Geriatrics Society, the Pan American Medical Association, the European Society of Hematology, and the International Society of Hematology. He served from 1946 through 1950 as assistant editor of Blood, the Journal of Hematology and contributed numerous articles concerning hematology and leukemia research to a variety of professional journals. He co-authored Hematology in Practice, a 1961 textbook published by McGraw-Hill.

Schwartz died on December 29, 1998.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Steven O. Schwartz (1911-1998) Papers

Identifier: 18/3/6/1

The Steven O. Schwartz Papers are arranged in six categories: biographical materials, course files, correspondence, programs, newspaper and magazine clippings, and publications. Also included in the collection are three scrapbooks.

Dates: 1927-1972