UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery’s statement on the passing of Dr. Elliott Schwartz, MD


San Francisco (Nov. 30, 2021) – With heavy heart, the UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of our esteemed colleague and friend, Dr. Elliott Schwartz.  Dr. Schwartz made a big contribution to our community and throughout the country.

An outstanding physician and educator, Dr. Schwartz was a dedicated provider in our UCSF Skeletal Health Service. In addition to being a highly respected member of our Department, Dr. Schwartz also had a long-standing private practice in Nephrology and Bone Health in the East Bay. Many patients benefitted from his great care, and they continue to express deep appreciation for the thoroughness in the care that he provided.

As a passionate educator, Dr. Schwartz was extremely devoted to advancing bone health care. He held national positions in the International Society of Clinical Densitometry, and he hosted an annual Northern California Bone Health Conference.  As a Department, we will be continuing his efforts in bone health education by launching UCSF Skeletal Health Seminars that will be named in his honor.

Dr. Schwartz was also one of the most respected and admired medical professionals in the sports world; he worked across multiple sports providing care to hundreds of athletes. He also served as a beloved and highly respected Team Physician for the Oakland As and the Golden State Warriors for nearly four decades.

He was a mentor to many and impacted many with his humanity, compassion and kindness.

We offer our deepest condolences to his wife and practice partner, Patti, and their son Nathan.