Dr Stephan Schwarz obtained his primary medical degree from the University of Göttingen/Germany, where he also completed a postgraduate research doctorate in medicine under the supervision of Professor Walter Stühmer of the Max-Planck-Institute for Experimental Medicine. In 1995, he relocated to Vancouver/Canada to pursue a PhD in Pharmacology & Therapeutics under Drs. Ernie Puil & Bernard MacLeod at The University of British Columbia (UBC), followed by completion of a residency in anesthesia as well as the Royal College of Physician and Surgeons of Canada Clinician Investigator Program (CIP). In 2004, he became member of the anesthesia staff at St. Paul’s Hospital, where he subsequently was appointed Anesthesia Research Director. Simultaneously, he was appointed as Associate Professor in the UBC Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics, where he was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor in 2011, and Professor in 2017.
In 2014, Dr Schwarz was awarded UBC’s endowed 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 UBC Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics under the aegis of the Hugill Chairship. Dr Schwarz is a member of the Editorial Board of the Canadian Journal of Anesthesia and has served on the Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society (CAS) Research Advisory Committee, the CAS Grant Adjudication Subcommittee, and the CAS Ethics 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, UBC’s most prestigious award in recognition of excellence in education.
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.
General Adult Anesthesia; Regional Anesthesia; Ambulatory Anesthesia; Perioperative Medicine