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Health Sciences

Brian Schwartz

Co-director, Environmental Health Institute
Department of Population Health Sciences
Professor of Environmental Health Sciences, Epidemiology, and Medicine Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Director of the Environmental Health Institute

Henry Hood Center for Health Research Building
Danville, PA 17822
Phone: 570-214-5169
Fax: 570-214-9451
Environmental Health Institute

Bloomberg School of Public Health
615 N. Wolfe Street, Room W7041
Baltimore, Maryland 21205
Phone: 410-955-4158
Fax: 410-955-1811
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Faculty profile

Brian S Schwartz, MD, MS

Research Interests

In late 2006, the Geisinger Center for Health Research and the Department of Environmental Health Sciences in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore developed the joint Environmental Health Institute (EHI). The EHI’s research mission is to evaluate how environmental and community conditions may be influencing the health of residents in Geisinger’s 40+ counties in central and northeastern Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania has a number of environmental challenges of relevance to health, including abandoned coal mine lands, unconventional natural gas development in the Marcellus shale (including “fracking”), large animal feeding operations that use antibiotics in animal feeds and may expose local residents to antibiotics and antibiotic-resistant organisms as animal wastes are applied to crop fields, and community built environments that may constrain optimal physical activity or nutritional behaviors. These environmental challenges could influence health in a number of ways, including through air pollution, water contamination, social disruption, community stress, and inhibition of health-promoting behaviors. In the EHI’s research, we are evaluating how these and other environmental and community conditions may be impacting such health outcomes as type 2 diabetes, asthma, heart disease, childhood weight patterns, chronic rhinosinusitis, and pregnancy outcomes. The EHI welcomes research collaborations and more information about how to develop these collaborations is available upon request.

Recent Publications

  • Schwartz BS, Bailey-Davis L, Bandeen-Roche K, Pollak J, Hirsch AG, Nau C, Liu AY, Glass TA. (2014, April). Attention deficit disorder, stimulant use, and childhood body mass index trajectory. Pediatrics , 133(4), 668-676. Full Text
  • Casey JA, Shopsin B, Cosgrove SE, Nachman KE, Curriero FC, Rose HR, Schwartz BS. (2014, May). High-density livestock production and molecularly characterized MRSA infections in Pennsylvania. Environ Health Perspect , 122(5), 464-70. Full Text
  • Liu AY, Curriero FC, Glass TA, Stewart WF, Schwartz BS. (2013, July). The contextual influence of coal abandoned mine lands in communities and type 2 diabetes in Pennsylvania. Health & Place , 22,115-122. Full Text
  • Casey JA, Curriero FC, Cosgrove SE, Nachman KE, Schwartz BS. (2013, Nov). High-density livestock operations, crop field application of manure, and risk of community-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infection in Pennsylvania. JAMA Intern Med , 173(21), 1980-90. Full Text
  • Schwartz BS, Stewart WF, Godby S, Pollak J, DeWalle J, Larson SL, Mercer DG, Glass TA. (2011, Oct). Body Mass Index and the Built and Social Environments in Children and Adolescents Using Electronic Health Records. American Journal of Preventive Medicine , 41(4), e17-e28. Full Text


MD, Northwestern University Medical School,
Internal Medicine Residency, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania,
Fellowship in General Internal Medicine, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania,
Fellowship in Occupational and Environ. Medicine, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health,
M.S. in Clinical Epidemiology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine,
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