Randel Swanson, D.O., Ph.D.

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Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Attending Physician, Polytrauma/TBI System of Care, Dept of PM&R at the Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center, Philadelphia PA
Member, Researcher, The University of Pennsylvania, Center for Brain Injury and Repair
Principal Investigator, Center for Neurotrauma, Neurodegeneration & Restoration at the Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center
Associate Director for Research in PM&R, The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Member, Penn Center for Nutritional Science and Medicine (PenNSAM)
Department: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Contact information
1800 Lombard Street/1st Floor
Penn Medicine Rittenhouse
Dept. of PM&R
Philadelphia, PA 19146-1414
Office: 215-823-5123
Fax: 215-893-2686
RBA (Pre-Med)
Shepherd University, 2003.
PhD (Cell & Molecular Biology)
Rutgers – GSBS, 2010.
DO (Medicine)
Rowan University [formerly UMDNJ], 2011.
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Description of Clinical Expertise

Dr. Swanson is a board certified Physiatrist, with sub-specialty certification in Brain Injury Medicine. Dr. Swanson’s clinical practice centers on the Neurological Rehabilitation of patients with Acquired Brain Injury, both at Penn and within the VA's Polytrauma/TBI System of Care. His goal is to assist patients in achieving optimal return of neurological function following all forms of Brain Injury (including Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Anoxic Brain Injury, Cerebral Vascular Accidents (Stroke), Brain Tumors, Movement Disorders and Neurodegenerative Disorders) through a combination of clinical practice and scientific research. Dr. Swanson also runs a research laboratory within the VA's Center for Neurotrauma, Neurodegeneration and Restoration (CNNR), and is a member of Penn's Center for Brain Injury and Repair (CBIR).

Selected Publications

Goldwaser EL, Swanson RL, Arroyo EJ, Venkataraman V, Kosciuk MC, Nagele RG, Hong LE, Acharya NK: A preliminary report: the hippocampus and surrounding temporal cortex of schizophrenia patients have impaired blood-brain barrier. Front. Hum. Neurosci. 16(836980), March 2022.

Verma R, Swanson RL, Parker D, Ould Ismail AA, Shinohara RT, Alappatt JA, Doshi J, Davatzikos C, Gallaway M, Duda D, Chen HI, Kim JJ, Gur RC, Wolf RL, Grady MS, Hampton S, Diaz-Arrastia R, Smith DH.: Neuroimaging Findings in US Government Personnel With Possible Exposure to Directional Phenomena in Havana, Cuba. JAMA 23;322(4): 336-347, Jul 2019.

Knoll RM, Reinshagen KL, Barber SR, Ghanad I, Swanson R, Smith DH, Abdullah KG, Jung DH, Remenschneider AK, Kozin ED: High Resolution Computed Tomography Atlas of the Porcine Temporal Bone and Skull Base: Anatomical Correlates for Traumatic Brain Injury Research. J Neurotrauma. 36(7): 1029-1039, Apr 2019.

Swanson R, Hampton S, Green-McKenzie J, Diaz-Arrastia R, Grady S, Verma R, Biester R, Duda D, Wolf R, Smith D: Neurological Manifestations Among US Government Personnel Reporting Directional Audible and Sensory Phenomena in Havana, Cuba. JAMA 319(10): 1125-1133, March 2018.

Gilliss A, Swanson R, Janora D, Venkataraman V: Use of osteopathic manipulative treatment to manage compensated trendelenburg gait caused by sacroiliac somatic dysfunction. J Am Osteopath Assoc 110(2): 81-6, February 2010.

Newberg A, Wang J, Rao H, Swanson R, Wintering N, Karp JS, Alavi A, Greenberg J, Detre J: Concurrent CBF and CMRGlc changes during human brain activation by combined fMRI-PET scanning. Neuroimage 28(2): 500-6, November 2005.

Newberg A, Amsterdam J, Wintering N, Ploessl K, Swanson R, Shults J, Alavi A: 123I-ADAM Binding to Serotonin Transporters in Patients with Major Depression and Healthy Controls: A Preliminary Study. J Nucl Med 46(6): 973-7, June 2005.

Swanson R, Newberg A, Acton P, Siderowf A, Wintering N, Alavi A, Mozley P, Plossl K, Udeshi M, Hurtig H: Differences in [(99m)Tc]TRODAT-1 SPECT binding to dopamine transporters in patients with multiple system atrophy and Parkinson's disease. Eur J Nucl Med Mol Imaging 32(3): 302-7, March 2005.

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