Dr. Schwamm graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1991 and completed his neurology residency and subsequent NeuroCritical Care and Vascular Neurology fellowships at Massachusetts General Hospital in 1996. He is Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School, and holds the C. Miller Fisher Chair of Vascular Neurology at MGH, where he is also Executive Vice Chairman of Neurology, Director of the Comprehensive Stroke Center and the Center for TeleHealth. He serves as Chair of Mass General Brigham Stroke Quality Leaders and Co-Director of the Virtual Care Steering Committee for Mass General Brigham. Clinically, he is a nationally recognized expert in all phases of stroke care. This includes (1) acute stroke treatment and new methods of selecting patients who will benefit from emergency stroke treatments; (2) stroke diagnosis and treatment, with an emphasis on stroke in the young including patent foramen ovale (PFO), unusual causes of stroke including blood clotting disorders or arterial dissection; and (3) stroke prevention, with an emphasis on how to achieve optimal cardiovascular health and reduce the risk of stroke and other major vascular events.
He is the author of >400 peer-reviewed articles, and has chaired many of the current practice guidelines for stroke and telehealth-enabled care delivery. He has received numerous awards for innovation, leadership and advocacy in the field of stroke. His pioneering work includes the development and dissemination of telemedicine-enabled stroke care (telestroke) and leadership of clinical care registries to improve stroke quality through the Get with the Guidelines Stroke program which monitors and improves stroke care at over 3000 US hospitals by tracking over 6 million stroke admissions to date. His research has been funded by Harvard, MIT, NIH, CDC, and numerous federal agencies. He serves on the Board of Directors of the AHA as chair of the American Stroke Association Advisory Committee.