Andrea Wershof Schwartz, MD, MPH

Adjunct Instructor, Medicine

Andrea Wershof Schwartz
V.A. Medical Center – Boston , Geriatrics & Palliative Care/GRECC – 12D , 150 South Huntington Ave


Andrea Wershof Schwartz, MD, MPH, is an Instructor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Staff Physician at the VA Boston Healthcare System and Educator in the VA’s New England Geriatrics Research Education and Clinical Center (GRECC) in Massachusetts. As Site Director of VA Geriatrics for the Harvard Multicampus Geriatrics Fellowship Program, Dr. Schwartz introduced an innovative medical education curriculum into the fellowship, where she was awarded Outstanding Mentor of the Year in 2016. As a 2017-18 HMS Academy Medical Education Fellow, Dr. Schwartz is leading the development and integration of a longitudinal geriatrics curriculum in the new Pathways curriculum at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Schwartz is a sought after mentor and teacher for geriatric medicine fellows and internal medicine residents from Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and leads geriatric educational sessions for interdisciplinary trainees at the VA, as well as a clinical practicum for the VA Geriatrics Scholars Program. Known for her creative and engaging presentations (including one comparing the rock band Van Halen’s infamously detailed concert venue contracts to the importance of geriatrics principles), Dr. Schwartz draws inspiration from the intersections of medicine and the arts and humanities, and has published her original poetry and research in a number of leading journals.

Other Positions

  • VA Boston Healthcare System


  • Mount Sinai School of Medicine, MD
  • The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, MPH
  • Jewish Theological Seminary of America, MA
  • Columbia University, BA


  • Published on 3/1/2017

    Schwartz AW. What Van Halen Can Teach Us About the Care of Older Patients. JAMA Intern Med. 2017 03 01; 177(3):309-310. PMID: 28097312.

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  • Published on 8/1/2014

    Wershof Schwartz A. "The best of doctors go to hell": how an ancient talmudic aphorism can inform the study and practice of medicine. Virtual Mentor. 2014 Aug 01; 16(8):656-8. PMID: 25140691.

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  • Published on 12/1/2013

    Runyan A, Ellington K, Wershof Schwartz A. A compelling practice: empowering future leaders in the medical humanities. J Med Humanit. 2013 Dec; 34(4):493-5. PMID: 23982812.

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  • Published on 2/8/2013

    Wershof Schwartz A, Clarfield AM, Doucette JT, Valinsky L, Karpati T, Landrigan PJ, Sternberg SA. Disparities in pneumococcal and influenza immunization among older adults in Israel: a cross-sectional analysis of socio-demographic barriers to vaccination. Prev Med. 2013 May; 56(5):337-40. PMID: 23402962.

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  • Published on 9/21/2011

    Sternberg SA, Wershof Schwartz A, Karunananthan S, Bergman H, Mark Clarfield A. The identification of frailty: a systematic literature review. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2011 Nov; 59(11):2129-38. PMID: 22091630.

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  • Published on 8/1/2009

    Wershof Schwartz A, Abramson JS, Wojnowich I, Accordino R, Ronan EJ, Rifkin MR. Evaluating the impact of the humanities in medical education. Mt Sinai J Med. 2009 Aug; 76(4):372-80. PMID: 19642151.

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