Richard Schwartz

Department Chair

Richard Schwartz

Department Chair


Academic Appointment(s)

Medical College of Georgia
Department of Emergency Medicine and Hospitalist Services

Medical College of Georgia
Department of Emergency Medicine

The Graduate School

College of Allied Health Sciences
Department of Physician Assistant

Other Duties

Department Chair, Emergency Medicine

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  • AF 2036


  • MD, Medicine Wayne State University, 1989

  • BS, Nutrition Sciences Michigan State University, 1985


  • EMS Certification American Board of Emergency Medicine, 2015

  • Diplomat of the American Board of Emergency Medicine American Board of Emergency Medicine, 1997

  • Georgia Medical License 1996

  • ATLS ACS Committee on Trauma, 2018

  • PHY GA Composite State Medical Brd, 1996

  • PALS American Heart Association, 2018

  • ACLS American Heart Association, 2018

  • BLS American Heart Association, 2017

  • ACL AHA, 2016

  • BLS AHA, 2016

  • ABEM American Brd of Emergency Med, 2007

Awards & Honors

  • Distinguished Faculty Award for Institutional Service Augusta University, Faculty Senate, 2017

  • Teaching Excellence Program Award Augusta University, 2016

  • Military Award Decorations: Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Joint Services Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, (two awards), Combat Medical Badge, Southwest Asia Campaign Ribbon (two awards), Kuwait Liberation Medal, National Defense Service Ribbon, Honor Graduate U.S. Navy Diving Medical Officers Course United States Army, 1998

  • Outstanding Teaching Faculty Award Medical College of Georgia, Department of Emergency Medicine, 1997

  • “Best Presenter” Runner-up CPC Competition, Society of Academic Emergency Medicine, 1997

Courses Taught Most Recent Academic Year

  • EMED 5085

    Freshmen Emergency Medicine
  • EMED 5086

    Introd to Wilderness Medi
  • MEDI 6594

    ECM 2-Foundations
  • EMED 5001

    Emergency Medicine Clkship

Teaching Interests

Airway Management Wilderness and Environmental Medicine Disaster Medicine Tactical Medicine Hemorrhage Control Sports Medicine


Selected Recent Publications

  • The Use of the Abdominal Aortic and Junctional Tourniquet Versus Combat Gauze in a Porcine Hemicorporectomy Model, 2019
  • Antivenom Treatment is Associated with Fewer Patients using Opioids after Copperhead Envenomation, 2019
  • Citizen Aid North America, 2018
    Book, Textbook-New
  • Pharmacologic Adjuncts to Intubation, 2018
    Book, Chapter in Textbook-New
  • Commercial Tourniquet Instructions and Smart Phone Guidance Do Not Improve Tourniquet Application Success in First Responders, Journal of Special Operations Medicine, 2018

University Service

  • Throughput Committee, Augusta University Medical Center 2016 - Present

  • Ambulatory Care Medical Group Leadership Committee, Augusta University Medical Center 2014 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • Chairperson, High Level Disinfection/Sterilization Subcommittee, Augusta University Medical Center 2014 - Present

  • Trauma Research Committee, Augusta University Medical Center 2012 - Present

  • ED Quality Unit Council, Augusta University Medical Center 2011 - Present

Professional Service

  • External Advisory Committee for the Comprehensive Injury Center at the Medical College of Wisconsin 2017 - Present

  • Voting Committee Member, Committee for Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC) 2012 - Present

  • Academic Emergency Medicine Journal 2010 - Present

    Role: Reviewer
  • American Journal of Cardiology 2010 - Present

    Role: Reviewer
  • American Journal of Disaster Medicine Editorial Board 2010 - Present

    Role: Member