Prof. Peter Schwartz


Physician, Researcher


Cardiologist, specialist in arrhythmology

Center for Cardiac Arrhythmias of Genetic Origin


1973 - Specialist cum laude, Cardiology, University of Milan, Milan, Italy
1968/69 - Postdoctoral Fellow, Cardiology, Cardiovascular Research Institute - University of Milan - Milan, Italy.
1967 - M.D., Medicine, University of Milan - Milan, Italy.
1961 - B.S., Arts, Liceo Classico - Como, Italy.


2013/present Head, Center for Cardiac Arrhythmias of Genetic Origin and Director, Cardiovascular Genetics Laboratory, IRCCS Istituto Auxologico Italiano, Milan, Italy.
2007/present Board Member, Hatter Institute for Cardiovascular Research in Africa - University of Cape Town, South Africa.
2002/present - Extraordinary Professor in Internal Medicine – University of Stellenbosch - South Africa.
2001/2007 – Chairman, Blood, Lung and Heart Department, University of Pavia – Pavia, Italy.
1998/2013 - Director, School for the Board in Cardiology, University of Pavia – Pavia, Italy
1996/2013 - Chief, Coronary Care Unit - Policlinico San Matteo IRCCS - Pavia, Italy
1994/2013 – Professor and Chairman, Cattedra di Cardiologia - University of Pavia - Pavia, Italy
1990/1994 - Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine - University of Pavia - Pavia, Italy
1990/1994 Head, Cardiac Arrhythmias Unit - Centro di Fisiologia Clinica e Ipertensione - Istituto di Clinica Medica Generale e Terapia Medica - University of Milan - Milan, Italy


Dr. Schwartz is recognized worldwide as a leading expert in genetic disorders leading to sudden cardiac death in infants and in the young, in particular on the long QT syndrome (LQTS), which he has relentlessly investigated for more than 40 years, defining the multiple clinical characteristics of the disease, developing the two leading pathogenetic hypotheses known as "sympathetic imbalance" and as "intracardiac abnormality", provided essential information on the long term successful effects of antiadrenergic therapy, and contributing to the understanding of the relation between genotype and phenotype. In 1995 he provided the first demonstration of differential responses to a variety of interventions according to the specific LQTS genes. He and his research group continue to investigate the relationship between genotype and phenotype, which represents a “bridge” between molecular biology and clinical cardiology.
Since 1971 more than 1000 LQTS patients have been followed by Dr. Schwartz and his group, and over the years he has become a worldwide referral physician for patients affected by complex cases of LQTS.
The Center for Cardiac Arrhythmias of Genetic Origin is now a national and international referral center also for patients affected by the Brugada Syndrome, the catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia, the dilated and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, the arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia, the idiopathic ventricular fibrillation, and the short QT syndrome.


Contract Professor - Department of Internal Medicine and Medical Therapeutics, University of Pavia, Pavia, Italy


Member of the following scientific society: American Heart Association e Council on Clinical Cardiology; American College of Cardiology; Heart Rhythm Society; European Society of Cardiology, European Heart Rhythm Association, and International Honorary Member del Japanese College of Cardiology.
Since 1974 Dr. Schwartz has been receiving uninterrupted funding for his research activity from the National Institutes of Health (NIH); the last grant funded goes through 2017.
Referee for: The New England Journal of Medicine, The Lancet, Circulation, Circulation Research, American Journal of Physiology, American Journal of Cardiology, American Heart Journal, The Journal of the American College of Cardiology, PACE, Cardiovascular Research, European Heart Journal, Heart, Pflügers Archives, Cardiovascular Drugs and Therapy, Italian Heart Journal, Basic Research in Cardiology, Sleep, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatric Research, The Journal of Clinical Investigation, Trends in Cardiovascular Medicine, Journal of Ambulatory Monitoring, Cardiology in the Elderly, Coronary Artery Disease.
Author of 1403 publications: 12 books, 159 chapters, 493 original articles, and 740 abstracts. His impact factor in the period 1969-2013 is 2638, and his current h-index is 74 (source: Web of Science).


Federal Russian Center for Children's Arrhythmia, Russia (Partnership clinico-genetica)
Helmholtz Zentrum München, Germania (Next generation sequencing)
Università di Cape Town, Sud Africa (progetti MAE e NIH)
Università di Stellenbosch, Sud Africa (progetti MAE e NIH)
Università dell’Ohio, USA (Modelli sperimentali di morte improvvisa)
Università di Rochester, USA (Registro Internazionale della Sindrome del QT Lungo)
Northwestern University (USA) (progetti NIH)


· Sakamoto Lecture – Kanazawa, Giappone, 2012
· Eiichi Kimura Memorial Lecture – Fukuoka, Giappone, 2011.
· Inaugural Robert L. Krakoff international lecturer in cardiovascular medicine - Brigham and Women’s Hospital Cardiovascular Grand Rounds – Boston, MC, USA, 2009.
· “Rene Laennec” Lecture on Clinical Cardiology - ESC Congress 2008.
· 15th Annual Leonard Horowitz Memorial Lectureship - Philadelphia, PA, USA., 2007.
· Outstanding Achievement Award of the European Cardiac Arrhythmia Society – Marseille, June 3 2007.
· Arrigo Recordati Prize 2005 – Stockholm, 2005.
· P. Rijlant Lecture – 31st International Congress on Electrocardiology – Kyoto, Giappone, 2004.
· NASPE Distinguished Scientific Award 2001, NASPE Annual Scientific Session, Boston, MA, USA, 2001.
· Michel Mirowski Award, Baltimore, MD, USA, 2001.
· First “Richard Crampton Lectureship”, Università della Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, USA, 2000.
· Fourth Gordon K. Moe Visiting Professor, Masonic Medical Research Laboratory, Utica, NY, USA, 1995.
· "Paul Dudley White International Lecture" - 67th Scientific Sessions of the American Heart Association, Dallas, 1994.
· "The Grüntzig Lecture" - XV Congress of the European Society of Cardiology, Nice, 1993.
· Third Sterling Professor at the Columbia University, New York, NY, USA, 1992.