Over the past 30 years, Dr. Schwartz has written four best-selling books, has testified before Congress, hosted her own PBS pledge special on bioidentical hormones, appeared on various news programs including CBS News, Larry King Live, CNN and MSNBC as well as The View, Oprah Satellite Radio with Dr. Oz and many others.
Her journey to become a leader and innovator in prevention began in a one-room apartment in Bucharest, Romania, where she dreamed of becoming a doctor just like her uncle in America. Her family escaped Ceausescu's Communist regime when she was 16, and she arrived in Rome speaking four languages—none of them English. Dr. Erika came to the US after graduating from the Overseas School of Rome and was accepted to NYU on a full academic scholarship.
She received her MD from SUNY Downstate College of Medicine, graduating cum laude as a member of the prestigious AOA academic honor society. In her last year of medical school, she was handpicked to be an Intern in Internal Medicine at Kings County Hospital, the second-largest county hospital in the US and main affiliate of Downstate College of Medicine, where she completed her training in Internal Medicine and Critical Care. Twenty-five years later, in 2005, Dr. Schwartz was honored by SUNY-Downstate with the revered Louis M. Hellman, MD Master Teacher in Women's Health Award. In 2015, she was received the Distinguished Alumni Award after serving as President of the Board of Managers 2013-2014.
At the age of 28 she became Director of Emergency Medicine at Westchester County Medical Center (WCMC) in Valhalla, NY. There she obtained accreditation for WCMC as the only tertiary trauma center between New York City and Albany, and established helicopter and ambulance services, ultimately bringing 911 and paramedics to Westchester County.
Dr. Schwartz eventually left the ER for private practice to develop lasting relationships with patients and provide the level of individual attention and care that she had always wanted. She built and ran the largest internal medicine practice in Westchester County, practicing in Irvington, NY for 17 years.
Five years into her private practice, Dr. Schwartz began to integrate preventive medicine into her practice. Since there were no academic training programs in the field, Dr. Schwartz became self-educated in the value of supplements and nutraceuticals, took post-graduate nutrition courses, learned about the role of exercise in anti-aging and disease prevention, and extensively researched the scientific data surrounding bioidentical hormones, validating their efficacy in herself and the patients she cares for.
Bioidentical hormones are identical in molecular structure to the hormones we make in our bodies. Because bioidentical hormones are synthesized from plant extracts to act just like the hormones we produce, the body can’t distinguish them from the ones we create naturally. The result is a more natural approach to hormone therapy, which Dr. Schwartz was among the first to champion. She continues to be one of the most vocal proponents of the therapy and its life-changing effects.
Dr. Schwartz's scope of care expanded as she integrated different conventional and complementary modalities into her treatments and recommendations. She developed her own protocols for bioidentical hormones; the hormone-friendly diet; launched her own line of vitamins and supplements; developed individually tailored exercise, stress management and lifestyle programs; and created three- and six-month life-changing programs along with pre-and post surgical optimization protocols. She also founded the first “by invitation only membership “ practice – Evolved Science- on Fifth Avenue in New York City. In addition to her medical advice and world-renowned diagnostic acumen, patients turn to Dr. Schwartz for her compassion and her enduring commitment to helping patients improve every aspect of their lives.
She currently sees patients from all over the US, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Africa and Asia.
Over the past 30 years, Dr. Schwartz has personally cared for more than 100,000 patients and treated more than 15,000 patients with various formulations of bioidentical hormones. Through www.DrErika.com, she is helping improve the healthcare system by teaching people to take care of themselves, building a community of intelligent people who are following common-sense approaches to wellness and are committed to staying healthy, feeling young by taking charge of their lives.
Board of Managers at SUNY-Downstate College of Medicine, North American Menopause Society (NAMS) the American Society for Internal Medicine (ASIM), National Association of Medical Communicators (AMA), International Coenzyme Q10 Society, Board Member of Natural Health and Looking Good Now, Medical Advisor to American Media, AFTRA-SAG, Bioidentical Hormone Initiative.
Dr. Erika's Books:
"Natural Energy" (C.P. Putnam & Sons, 1999)
"The Hormone Solution" (Warner Books, 2002)
"The 30 Day Natural Hormone Plan: Feel and Look Better without Synthetic