Rachel Schwartz

Rachel Schwartz, PhD

VA Health Services Research and Development Fellow at the Center for Health Policy and the Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research

Research Interests

The clinical encounter, improving provider wellness, palliative care, caregiver support, Parkinson's disease


Rachel Schwartz received her BA in Linguistics from UCLA followed by a PhD in Communication Sciences and Disorders from McGill University. She then completed an AcademyHealth Delivery System Science fellowship at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute, where she conducted a four-site study exploring neurologists’ perspectives on the facilitators and barriers to care delivery for patients with Parkinson’s disease. She then spent a year working in quality improvement at the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Department of Complex Care, where she was responsible for developing new operational protocol for supporting providers in delivering high-quality family-centered care.

Rachel is currently a member of the Stanford Presence 5 team, led by Dr. Donna Zulman and Dr. Abraham Verghese. She is also collaborating on projects related to improving physician wellness and developing new protocol to support the early identification of palliative and spiritual care needs of geriatric patients in the Emergency Department.