UNM Department of Surgery

Department of Surgery
Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery

UNM School of Medicine
MSC 10 5610
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87131

Phone: (505) 272-6901
Fax: (505) 272-6909
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Cardiothoracic Surgery

Jess Dylan Scwartz, MD

Dr. Jess Schwartz

Associate Professor of Surgery

Contact Information:
Office: (505) 272-6901

Cancer Center Appointments:
New Patients: (505)272-2839
Established Patients: (505)272-4946

American Board of Surgery
American Board of Thoracic Surgery

Languages Spoken

    • English

Clinical Specialty:
General thoracic surgery

    • Thoracic surgical oncology
    • Lung Cancer and Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery (VATS Lobectomy)
    • Esophageal cancer and Barrett’s Esophagus
    • GERD/Anti reflux surgery
    • Chest wall tumors and Chest wall reconstruction
    • Hyperhidrosis

Academic Background:

Dr. Jess D. Schwartz joined the University of New Mexico Health Science Center faculty as an Assistant Professor in Thoracic Surgery in 2005 and he has clinical responsibilities at the University of New Mexico Health Science Center and the University of New Mexico Cancer Research and Treatment Center.

Dr. Schwartz’s clinical practice encompasses all aspects of general thoracic surgery. He has special interests in thoracic malignancies including lung cancer, esophageal cancer and mediastinal and chest wall tumors. Although the diagnosis and treatment of thoracic cancer remains his primary focus, Dr. Schwartz also specializes in the treatment of a variety of non-neoplastic conditions including benign esophageal diseases and excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis). He also has specialty training in minimally invasive techniques such as Video Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS) Lobectomy and wedge resection.

Dr. Schwartz has published over 25 papers in prestigious peer-reviewed journals including the Annals of Thoracic Surgery, The Journal of Surgical Research, Surgery, and The Journal of Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery. In addition, he has authored several book chapters and has presented his research at the Surgical Forum of the American College of Surgeons, the Society of University Surgeons, the Association for Academic Surgery, and the American Association for Cancer Research.

Dr. Schwartz received his medical degree from the New York University School of Medicine in 1989. He then went on to complete his residencies in General Surgery and Cardiothoracic Surgery at NYU Medical Center in 2002. During his residency, he served for two years as a research fellow in the NYU Cardiothoracic Research Laboratory investigating the role of inflammatory cells in the development of tumor metastasis and angiogenesis. Following his cardiothoracic residency Dr. Schwartz continued his specialty training in thoracic surgical oncology at Harvard University’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.