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Diane                          Schwartz

Diane G. Schwartz MLS

Department of Biomedical Informatics

Research Associate Professor

Specialty/Research Focus

Internal Medicine - General

Professional Summary:

I am Research Associate Professor of Biomedical Informatics in the Department of Biomedical Informatics (BMI), Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University at Buffalo, SUNY (UB). Prior to joining BMI, I was a health sciences librarian focusing on instructing health care professionals and biomedical scientists of the importance of evidence-based practice, medical informatics, and lifelong learning. I taught learners and practitioners in all health care disciplines how to conduct quality searches of the literature, how to use information to create new knowledge, and how to value, use and recognize the expertise of the health sciences librarian. I have practiced a non-traditional form of librarianship as a result of my work at UB where I served as a faculty member embedded in the educational domain of the medical school; teaching medical students and residents, conducting research, serving on university committees, writing grants, and publishing the results of my work.

As a hospital librarian I made a major commitment to developing educational programs for patients and families to ensure that they had access to quality, reliable, understandable health information. I was a member of a multidisciplinary team of health care professionals who taught refugee mothers from Somalia best practices for managing the health and wellness of their children. With funding from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region, I created a program to teach diabetic patients with limited health literacy skills, how to find quality, reliable, and understandable health information to enable them to better manage their disease. I designed outreach programs for hospitalized patients to deliver information to their bedside, and also mailed material to patient’s homes. I persuaded the hospital’s CEO to provide space and support for a Wellness Center Library in the new vascular institute to meet the information needs of outpatients seeking day treatment for their disease.

I will always apply the knowledge, skills and expertise that I have acquired throughout my career to my current appointment.

Education and Training:
  • MLS, Library Science, Queens College; City University of New York, Honors (1972)
  • AB, Biology, Political Science, Douglass College; Rutgers University (1963)
  • Research Associate Professor, Biomedical Informatics, University at Buffalo: SUNY (2016-present)
  • Research Associate Professor, Office of Graduate Medical Education, University at Buffalo: SUNY (1997–1998)
  • Research Associate Professor, Family Medicine; Medicine, University at Buffalo: SUNY, Primary Care Resource Center (1992–1997)
  • Librarian, Alfred Taubman Medical Library, University of Michigan, University of Michigan (1978–1992)
  • Librarian, New York Botanical Garden (1973–1978)
  • Library Assistant, Library, New York Botanical Garden (1970–1972)
  • Library Assistant, International Council of Shopping Centers (1969–1970)
  • Librarian, Corporate Library, International Council of Shopping Centers (1969–1970)
  • Library Assistant, University Library, University of California, San Diego (1965–1969)

Grants and Sponsored Research:
  • January 2000–January 2002
    Information Access Grant
    National Library of Medicine
    Role: Principal Investigator
  • January 1998–January 2001
    Area Health Education Centers
    U.S. Health Resource Services Administration
    Role: Co-Investigator
  • January 1997–January 2000
    Charles Culpeper FoundationSupport for medical student internship in primary care practices.
    Charles Culpeper Foundation
    Role: Principal Investigator
  • January 1998–January 1998
    Partnerships for Quality Education
    Pew Charitable Trusts
    Role: Principal Investigator
  • January 1997–January 1998
    Graduate Medical Dental Education Consortium of Buffalo
    Graduate Medical Dental Education Consortium of Buffalo
    Role: Co-Investigator
  • January 1996–January 1998
    National Board of Medical Examiners
    National Board of Medical Examiners
    Role: Co-Investigator
  • January 1995–January 1997
    Independent Health Foundation
    Independent Health Foundation
    Role: Co-Investigator
  • March 1991–March 1991
    •Fulbright Senior Scholar grant, India, principal investigator
    Fulbright Program
    Role: Principal Investigator

Journal Articles:
  • Stone SL, Schwartz DG, Quirk M, Sarkin R, Qualters D. Faculty development for community-based physicians at the University of Massachusetts and SUNY-Buffalo.. Acad Med. 1999; 74(1 Sup).

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Contact Information

UB Downtown Gateway
77 Goodell Street
Buffalo, NY 14203
Phone: 716-816-7221

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