Dr. Edward I. Swartz, founder of Cobb-based Georgia Lung Associates, passed away Sunday, July 12, at the age of 59 after battling cancer. He is survived by his wife Eileen and four children.
Dr. Swartz founded Georgia Lung Associates in 1984 and led its growth into the largest pulmonary practice in the state. He prided himself on always putting his patients first, and the practice reflected that attitude. In addition to focusing on his patient’s pulmonary care, he also gave special attention to their emotional needs as well.
“We have all suffered a tremendous loss,” said Georgia Lung Associates Partner Stuart Simon, MD. “Dr. Swartz was a talented physician, and a wonderful person. His patients were always his top concern.”
Dr. Swartz was not your typical physician. Being an avid Atlanta Braves fan, he wanted everyone to share in his enthusiasm. The Georgia Lung Center at Kennestone featured a mini-Braves museum with artifacts dating back to the early 1900’s. The Georgia Lung Center at Cobb is adorned with Braves paraphernalia throughout, including signed jerseys, bats, balls, gloves, and posters.
Dr. Swartz felt strongly about being part of the community and helping in any way possible. For years, Georgia Lung physicians have provided care to the uninsured through the Cobb Clinic. Georgia Lung also awards a scholarship, named the Edward I. Swartz Magnet Scholarship, every year to a deserving college-bound senior from South Cobb High School who wants to pursue a career in the health sciences. The award, begun in 2002, pays up to $8,000 to each student over four years.