Dr. Schwarz obtained his primary medical degree as well as a postgraduate research doctorate in medicine from the University of Göttingen/Germany. He came to UBC in 1995 to pursue a PhD in Pharmacology & Therapeutics, followed by completion of a residency in anesthesia as well as the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Clinician Investigator Program (CIP). In 2004, he became member of the anesthesia staff at St. Paul’s Hospital, where he also serves as Anesthesia Research Director. In 2014, Dr. Schwarz was awarded UBC’s Dr. Jean Templeton Hugill Chairship in Anesthesia. Since then, he has served as Director of the UBC Hugill Anesthesia Research Centre, a collaborative initiative within the Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics under the aegis of the Hugill Chairship. Dr. Schwarz is a member the Editorial Board of the Canadian Journal of Anesthesia and serves on the Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society Research Advisory Committee. A passionate lecturer, Dr. Schwarz has been an invited speaker at many national and international conferences and has won numerous research and teaching awards; in 2017, he was awarded a UBC Killam Teaching Prize.

Clinical Interests:

General Adult Anesthesia; Regional Anesthesia; Ambulatory Anesthesia; Perioperative Medicine

Research Interests:

Using in vitro and in vivo laboratory techniques as well as clinical studies, Dr. Schwarz’ research explores the neuropharmacology of anesthesia and analgesia and aims to build bridges between bench and bedside. A particular area of focus has been local anesthetic pharmacology.