Heidi B. Schwarz, MD, FAAN, is currently professor of clinical neurology at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC). Schwarz graduated from Mount Holyoke College magna cum laude with an AB in chemistry. She obtained her medical degree from University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. She did a two-year residency in internal medicine and a three-year residency in neurology at the University of Rochester, followed by a fellowship in movement disorders and inherited metabolic diseases (MIND unit). She is board certified in neurology from the ABPN and headache medicine from United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties.

Schwarz was in private practice of general neurology for 13 years, where she also served on the board of directors of a medical management company. She returned to URMC, where she became an associate chair of community relations and director of an affiliated stroke center, which achieved NYS certification. She also has worked as an employed neurologist at Unity Health System, where she was involved in creating the only regional headache center. She has been actively involved in teaching mindfulness in medicine for the last eight years. Currently, she is chair of the AAN Practice Committee (overseeing the development of guidelines, quality measures, integration of advanced practice providers, advancing telemedicine, and stroke systems), ex officio member of the AAN Institute Board of Directors, co-chair of the Burnout Work Group, and member of Meeting Management Committee and Conference Subcommittee. She is collaborating on developing a Leadership Program for Well-being and Resilience to help address the crisis of physician burnout.