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About Marc S. Schwartz, MD
Marc Schwartz, MD, is a board-certified neurosurgeon who is an internationally renowned expert on the treatment of patients with acoustic neuromas, skull base tumors, and neurofibromatosis type 2 (NF2). He is also the recognized neurosurgical leader in the field of auditory brainstem implants. In addition, Dr. Schwartz treats complex cranial problems, meningiomas, brain tumors, pituitary tumors, cranial nerve disorders, and intradural spine tumors.
Dr. Schwartz conducts research in tumor biology and genetics, especially in relation to schwannomas and neurofibromatosis type 2. He is a national leader in the development and refinement of the auditory brainstem implant, which is used for hearing restoration in deaf adults and children who are unable to benefit from hearing aids or cochlear implants.
Dr. Schwartz has published numerous articles and book chapters in his areas of interest. These articles focus not only on basic and clinical science but also on the psychological and social aspects of clinical decision-making. He is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences and has been a visiting professor at medical schools on three continents.
Prior to joining UC San Diego Health, Dr. Schwartz was the senior neurosurgeon at the House Ear Clinic in Los Angeles, where he treated over 2,000 patients with acoustic neuromas and associated disorders. Prior to this, he was the director of the Skull Base Surgery Program at the Albany Medical College.
Dr. Schwartz completed fellowship training in skull base surgery at Oregon Health and Sciences University. He did his neurosurgical residency at the Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School in Boston. He earned his medical degree from Harvard Medical School. He is board certified in neurosurgery.
Dr. Schwartz is a member of many professional societies, including the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, the California Association of Neurological Surgeons, the Western Neurosurgical Society, and the North American Skull Base Society. He is on the editorial board of Skull Base: Operative Videos and regularly reviews manuscripts for a number of other journals. He is a member of the medical advisory board of the Acoustic Neuroma Association.
- Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
- Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR
- Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA
Date Joined Staff
- American Board of Neurological Surgery
Conditions and Treatments
- Acoustic Neuroma
- Pituitary Tumors
- Cranial Nerve Disorders
- Auditory Brainstem Implant
- Complex Cranial Problems
- Intradural Spinal Tumors
- Neurofibromatosis Type 2
- Vestibular Schwannoma
- Brain Tumors
- Skull Base Tumors
Meet Dr. Marc Schwartz, Co-Director, Acoustic Neuroma ProgramMore videos
- When Donna was diagnosed with a rare, non-cancerous brain tumor, called an acoustic neuroma, she decided to take action and become involved in her health. She learned about her condition and searched, far and wide, for a care team that would be a good fit for her. In this video, she discusses her decision to come to UC San Diego Health for treatment and her road to recovery after a successful surgery to remove the tumor. Her story is empowering and gives us all strength to face into whatever comes our way honestly and with grace.