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
Department: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Contact information
1800 Lombard Street/1st Floor
Penn Medicine Rittenhouse
Dept. of PM&R
Philadelphia, PA 19146-1414
Office: 215-898-2660
Fax: 215-8983-2686
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’s clinical interests are in the Neurological Rehabilitation of patients with Acquired Brain Injury. 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.

Description of Research Expertise

Dr. Swanson is actively pursuing research to elucidate the underlying mechanistic link between Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and secondary neurodegeneration. Working in collaboration with Dr. Douglas H. Smith in the Department of Neurosurgery and Dr. Eline Tjetske Luning Prak in the Department of Pathology here at Penn Medicine, along with Dr. Robert Nagele in the department of Medicine, Geriatrics and Cell Biology at Rowan University, Dr. Swanson currently investigating the role of IgG-autoantibodies in chronic post-TBI neuropathologies, and examining the utility of IgG-autoantibodies to serve as novel biomarkers for advanced TBI diagnostic and prognostic testing.

Selected Publications

Swanson R, Li S, Averna J, Cruz E: Rare Posterior Circulation Anatomical Variant Leads to Ischemic Cerebral Vascular Accident Involving the Bilateral Thalami and Superior Midbrain: A Case Report Am J Phys Med Rehabil 95(3 (Suppl)): a104, March 2016.

Swanson R, Dangaria H, Leshin B, Cruz E: Recurrence of Exertional Compartment Syndrome After Two Prior Ipsilateral Four -Compartmental Fasciotomies: A Case Report. PM & R 6(9): S281, September 2014.

Gingrich S, Swanson R, Gollotto K: Spontaneous, Non-Traumatic Hemarthrosis in a Patient Anti-Coagulated with Rivaroxaban. PM & R 6(9): S255, September 2014.

Siu G, Swanson R, Tamayo N, Hyppolite N: Treating Hemiplegic Shoulder Pain with Spencer Technique, an Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment: A Case Study. PM & R 5(9), September 2013 Notes: Supplement: S265.

Swanson R: Biotensegrity: A Unifying Theory of Biological Architecture with Applications to Osteopathic Practice, Education and Research — A Review and Analysis. J Am Osteopath Assoc 113(1): 34-52, 2013.

Swanson R, Krishnan A, Nagele R, Venkataraman V: Sensing Mechanical Manipulations: Calcium Signaling Pathways in the Epidermis. J Am Osteopath Assoc 110(8): 477, August 2010.

Gilliss A, Swanson R, Janora D, Venkataraman V: Sacroiliac Somatic Dysfunction Causing a Compensated Trendelenburg Gait: A Case Presentation. 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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