Hello! I am Steve Schwartz. I spent my youth in a typical suburban neighborhood in Maryland during the 1960s and 1970s, living a fairly mainstream middle-class Eurocentric American existence. Although our home was only a couple of miles from the main campus of the National Institutes of Health, I had no idea then that my future would be so tightly tied to the mission of that agency. Somehow I got it into my head during high school that I wanted to be a doctor, so I took normal pre-med courses during college. I must not have had my heart set on medicine, however, since I did not get outstanding grades or test scores, nor did I undertake the sort of extracurricular activities that successful candidates usually do. Not surprisingly, I was not admitted to any of the medical schools to which I applied. Then I thought I would pursue graduate training in basic biomedical research, but after a year working in a laboratory that used fetal chick hearts to study cardiovascular drugs, I discovered the field of public health and epidemiology. In those days, unlike the present, training in public health was uncommon in undergraduate settings. Fast-forward more than 30 years and I now have a PhD in epidemiology from the University of Washington School of Public Health, where I am a full professor. For most of my career I have studied the causes of various types of cancers, principally as a faculty member at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. In early 2013, I joined Partnerships for Native Health part-time as director of the Methods Core. In that role I lead a group of highly talented epidemiologists and biostatisticians who support program faculty in developing grant applications, designing and implementing study protocols, analyzing data, and writing manuscripts. When I am not working I play the French horn in the Northwest Symphony Orchestra, attend plays and lectures with my lovely wife of 31 years, and hang out with various combinations of my three young adult daughters.
Steve Schwartz, PhD
Methods Core Director