Stephen M. Schwartz, MD, PhD, has died from COVID-19

It is with profound sadness that we write to inform you of the passing of Stephen Schwartz. Dr. Schwartz died on Tuesday, March 17 2020 from COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. He is a former ASIP member and was also the co-founder of a top organization in investigating vascular biology, the North American Vascular Biology Organization (NAVBO).

Schwartz spent his career at the University of Washington (UW), starting with his residency in the Department of Pathology from 1967 to 1972. He joined the faculty a year later as an assistant professor, and became a full professor in 1984.

The school’s Pathology Department announced Dr. Stephen Schwartz‘s death Wednesday, saying he “left a lasting imprint on our department, our university, and the broader scientific community.”

Excerpt from The Scientist below:

Charles Alpers, interim chair of the pathology department, shared the news with the UW faculty yesterday in an email. “Steve had a distinguished career as an investigator in the field of vascular biology,” Alpers wrote, according to the Times. “He is rightfully considered a giant amongst investigators of the biology of smooth muscle cells and the structure of blood vessels.”

“He will be sorely missed by generations of vascular biologists and pathologists,” Bernadette Englert, executive officer of the North American Vascular Biology Organization, which Schwartz cofounded, writes on the society’s website.

In addition to his appointment in the pathology department, Schwartz was an adjunct professor in the bioengineering and medicine departments, which Alpers says was “reflective of his many collaborative relationships with faculty and other departments in our medical school and in the world.”

“Stephen Schwartz was a giant in vascular biology and a mentor to countless faculty and trainees, including myself,” UW biologist Kelly Stevens tweeted. “He will be deeply missed.”