Indian Journal of Dermatology
: 2017  |  Volume : 62  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 111-

Chittaranjan national cancer institute honors professor Robert A. Schwartz

Koushik Lahiri 
 Director, International Society of Dermatology; Editor, Indian Journal of Dermatology; Immediate Past President, Association of Cutaneous Surgeons, India

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Koushik Lahiri
Director, International Society of Dermatology; Editor, Indian Journal of Dermatology; Immediate Past President, Association of Cutaneous Surgeons

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Chittaranjan National Cancer Institute acclaimed as Kolkata's premier cancer center, welcomed a distinguished visitor, Professor Robert A. Schwartz, on December 13, 2015 [Figure 1]. The institute was formally inaugurated by Professor Madam J. Curie in 1950 and is a cancer treatment facility with faculty also active in basic and clinical research. Professor Schwartz was received by Professor Jaydip Biswas MBBS, MS, FRCS Edin, FACS, who is Institute Director. Professor Jaydip is also Head of Surgical Oncology and Medical Oncology and of Clinical and Translational Research at the Institute. Professor Schwartz' well-received lecture was on cutaneous markers of internal malignancy after being greeted by banners and a speech by Professor Biswas, who reviewed Professor Schwartz' many accomplishments.{Figure 1}

Robert A. Schwartz, MD, MPH, DSc (Hon), FRCP Edin is Professor and Head of Dermatology at the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and is widely considered as one of America's foremost dermatologists. He earned a bachelor's degree in political science at the University of California, Berkeley in 1969, where he was Vice President of Alpha Phi Omega. He received a Master of Public Health in Health Administration and Planning at the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health in 1970 and a Doctor of Medicine at the New York Medical College in 1974. He graduated medical school in the top of his class and was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. Professor Schwartz joined the faculty of the University of Arizona College of Medicine as an Assistant Professor of Dermatology in 1978, moved home to California to the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine in 1980 and then to Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in 1983 as the institution's first permanent head of dermatology. Within 1 year, he established the first dermatology residency program in New Jersey. He has since served as Faculty President of the New Jersey Medical School and on the Board of Trustees of Rutgers University.

In 1978, together with Gordon H. Burgess, Professor Schwartz first described florid cutaneous papillomatosis, a paraneoplastic disorder that has since been renamed as the Schwartz–Burgess syndrome. In 1980, Schwartz and Lasker Award winner Edmund Klein published pioneering work presenting the first effective treatment of Kaposi's sarcoma. In 1981, Schwartz headed one of the three teams that first described AIDS-associated Kaposi's sarcoma. Little was known of AIDS, the then-mysterious epidemic that was fast becoming the deadliest in history. That same year, Professor Schwartz first described the acral acanthotic anomaly, also known as acral acanthosis nigricans. Much more was described in his six books and more than a dozen monographs, 300 book chapters, 550 articles, and 250 other publications. In 2012, he reevaluated and renamed as solar cheilosis the most common precursor to lip cancer. In 2015, he published two articles reiterating the value of vaccination for human papillomavirus infection in preventing a variety of cancers.

Professor Schwartz research has brought him worldwide recognition as well as numerous honors for his seminal contributions to medicine, including the title of Doctor of Science, honoris causa, at the Tbilisi Medical Academy and Honorary Professor at the China Medical University and the Sree Balaji Medical College in Chennai. He has been elected as an honorary member of more than twenty national dermatologic societies of countries including India, Germany, Italy, Poland, Korea, Czech Republic, Kuwait, Latvia, and Jordan. Among many other awards, Professor Schwartz received with Professor Robert Gallo, the Key to the City of Catania.

Professor Schwartz is married to Professor Camila Krysicka Janniger, MD, FAAD, Chief of Geriatric Dermatology at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. Their son Edmund Janniger is a politician and political strategist who most recently served as Advisor to the Minister of National Defense of Poland.

Professor Schwartz thanked Professors Jaydip Biswas and Koushik Lahiri for facilitating his visit, welcoming him, and recognizing his work [Figure 2].{Figure 2}

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