Dr. Peter H. Schwartz earned his B.A. in biology from Harvard College in 1987. He went on to earn his M.A. in philosophy, Ph.D. in philosophy, and M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA. Throughout his career at Indiana University (IU), Schwartz has taught at the IU School of Medicine and within the Department of Philosophy.
Schwartz is the director of the IU Center for Bioethics and a professor of medicine at the IU School of Medicine. He directs the Bioethics and Subject Advocacy Program of the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) and co-leads the Behavioral Science and Ethics cluster of the IU Precision Health Initiative. He practices adult outpatient medicine in the Eskenazi Health System.
Schwartz researches patient decision-making and risk communication in preventive and personalized medicine. He has written widely on ethical issues in these and other areas. He is currently the principal investigator of a project examining risk communication and patient decision-making in colorectal cancer screening funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). He previously held a Cancer Control Career Development Award for Primary Care Physicians from the American Cancer Society.