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Shwartz named to SMG endowed professorship

Michael Shwartz, SMG professor of operations and technology management, is the first Richard D. Cohen Professor.

Michael Shwartz, a professor of operations and technology management at the School of Management, recently was designated the first recipient of the Richard D. Cohen Professorship of Management.

The professorship is named for Richard Cohen (SMG’69), who recently endowed a $2 million gift to the school to establish the professorship. Cohen is currently the chief executive officer of Capital Properties Associates, a real estate development company.

“It felt very good that a group of my colleagues judged me worthy for something like this,” says Shwartz. “And I felt honored that someone of the stature of Richard Cohen felt I was an appropriate person to be named to his chair.”

Shwartz, who has been active in health-services research and program evaluation for over 30 years, currently focuses on issues related to health-care costs, payment, utilization and appropriateness, and quality of care. He joined the Boston University faculty in 1977, after receiving a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.