In Memory of Barry Edward Swartz, M.D., J.D.

Dr. Barry Swartz was a remarkable and caring man, devoted husband, loving father, and exceptional friend.  He helped those in need with his time and treasure, adding the special gift of his surgical expertise, and he was known by all for his wonderful sense of humor.  He was a Boy Scout leader, traveled to the Philippines to care for children with cleft lips and palates, and traveled twice with Project Hope to aid in the aftermath of the Indonesian tsunami. Barry’s was a “life well-lived”, and he will be greatly missed. Barry Edward Swartz, M.D., J.D, passed away in San Antonio on the evening of December 30th, 2019.

Barry Edward Swartz was born in Atlantic City, New Jersey. He earned his M.D. degree from Temple University School of Medicine and completed his five-year general surgery residency at Baylor School of Medicine in Houston, under Dr. Michael DeBakey. Barry met Carol during his residency, and they were married on graduation.

After his residency, Barry joined the U.S. Air Force where he served as a general surgeon and chief of hospital services and quickly rose to the rank of Lt. Colonel.  After completing his service, Barry and Carol returned to Houston, and Barry was accepted into the Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery residency program at Baylor.  Upon completion of his specialty training, they moved to San Antonio.

Barry and Carol Swartz with family

Barry Swartz, his wife Carol, son Jeffrey
and daughter-in-law Amanda

Their son, Jeffrey Swartz, was the apple of his daddy's eye.  Barry was so proud of Jeff's accomplishments including becoming an Eagle Scout, and graduating from Duke University and UT School of Law. They enjoyed camping with friends, annual world-wide father/son trips, and a shared passion for Duke basketball.

In 1993, Barry entered St. Mary's University School of Law to pursue a second doctorate in law.  He graduated early while maintaining his full-time medical practice. He passed the Bar in 1996 and consulted as an attorney until 2019. Barry was very proud of his medical and legal careers. His colleagues and patients taught him about hope, humility, gratitude, and confidence.

Barry and Carol were long-standing and generous benefactors of UT Health San Antonio, but their special devotion was to our School of Nursing.  In December of 2008, Barry surprised Carol by establishing the Carol Ann Swartz President’s Endowed Scholarship for Nursing Excellence in recognition of her distinguished achievement as a graduate of UT Health San Antonio School of Nursing with an M.S. in Nursing and as UT Health San Antonio’s first Assistant Vice President of Institutional Advancement.  It was Barry’s wish that memorials be contributed to the endowment he established for his beloved wife, Carol.  The form to make a gift in memory of Barry Swartz is provided below.

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