Frank Schwartz , M.D., F.A.C.E.
Frank Schwartz, M.D., F.A.C.E.
Professor, Specialty Medicine
Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
Dr. Schwartz is a standout within the medical community for his extensive research on diabetes, attracting more than $2.6 million in external funding to the medical college since 2003. At Ohio University, he is credited with advancing the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine's (COM) work in diabetes research, helping to establish the college as one of the leading academic institutions and medical clinics for research and treatment of diabetes in Ohio and the nation.
Schwartz's work as a clinician and researcher spans the gamut from artificial intelligence to public health studies and bench research. Working with Cindy Marling, an associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science they have developed a computer program (4DSS®) that using case-based reasoning and machine learning technologies automates the analysis of Type 1 diabetes patients' blood glucose levels, insulin pump data, and lifestyle data input via a smart phone application that in the future using cloud technology will send text messaging and, treatment recommendations suggested by the system directly to the patient.
As a bench scientist Schwartz's basic research focuses on the role of "toll-like receptors" (TLR) in auto-immune endocrine diseases, cancer and atherosclerosis. Schwartz and Kelly McCall who leads his research team are currently working with an OU developed compound called C-10 which blocks abnormal expression of TLR in non-immune cells and may offer a new type of treatment for diseases such as type I diabetes, type 2 diabetes, multiple sclerosis, and even atherosclerosis in the near future.
In the realm of population based diabetes study Dr. Schwartz has helped increase the medical community's understanding of the prevalence of chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes, and heart disease, in the Appalachian population of Southeastern Ohio through his involvement with an ongoing 19-county comprehensive health needs assessment sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in collaboration with Ohio University's George V. Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs and the Appalachian Rural Health Institute (ARHI). For more information on Dr. Schwartz click HERE.