Eleanor Bimla Schwarz, M.D., M.S.
Health Services Research
- Professor, Department of General Internal Medicine
Philosophy of Care
Dr. Schwarz's philosophy of care is patient and family-centered. She has great respect for the social determinants of health and the ways culture frames people's illness experience. Dr. Schwarz welcomes LGBT patients to her practice and does her best to foster a safe and caring environment for all patients.
Dr. Schwarz's clinical interests include primary care, health maintenance, preventive care, family planning and women's health. She is happy to place (or remove) highly effective reversible contraceptives (i.e. IUDs or Nexplanon) for patients who desire such services.
Dr. Schwarz is an internationally recognized health services researcher whose work has centered on the use of technology to promote health, improving pregnancy outcomes through innovative approaches to family planning service delivery, and quantifying the effects of lactation on maternal health. These areas of inquiry are interrelated in seeking to broaden understanding of the ways social policies and healthcare delivery systems affect health-related behaviors and long-term health outcomes.
Dr. Schwarz has a particular interest in identifying ways to better meet the needs of diverse and vulnerable populations, including women with chronic medical conditions and other underserved populations.
Dr. Schwarz has served as a Senior Medical Expert in Reproductive Health for the US Department of Veterans Affairs, medical consultant for the California Department of Healthcare Services' Office of Family Planning, as a Deputy Editor for the Journal of General Internal Medicine, Associate Editor of Journal Watch Womens Health, and as a member of the FDA's Advisory Committee on Reproductive Health Drugs. She is a Fellow of the Society of Family Planning, and past-chair of the Society of General Internal Medicine's Taskforce on Women's Health.
M.D., UC San Francisco School of Medicine, San Francisco CA 1999
M.S., Health and Medical Sciences, UC Berkeley, Berkeley CA 1997
B.A., Biochemistry, UC Berkeley, Berkeley CA 1993
Internship: Primary Care and Internal Medicine, UC San Francisco, San Francisco CA 1999-2000
Primary Care and Internal Medicine, UC San Francisco, San Francisco CA 2000-2002
Health Services Research and Women's Health, UC San Francisco/S.F. VA Medical Center, San Francisco CA 2003-2005
American Board of Internal Medicine, Recertification, 2012
Society of Family Planning
Society of General Internal Medicine
Honors and Awards
Best Poster, Forum on Family Planning, 2014
Best Women’s Health Oral Abstract, Society of General Internal Medicine, 2012,
Mid-career Mentor Award for Family Planning, Society of Family Planning, 2011,
Roy M. Pitkin Award, Obstetrics and Gynecology 2003, 2009
Select Recent Publications
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How mothers can nurse themselves healthy