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: 215-823-5123
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

Verma R, Swanson RL, Smith DH: Neuroimaging of US Government Personnel Exposed to Directional Phenomena-Reply. JAMA 322(22): 2249-2250, Dec 2019.

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.

Hampton S, Swanson RL 2nd, Smith DH.: Neurological Symptoms in US Government Personnel in Cuba-Reply. JAMA 320(6): 604-605, Aug 2018.

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.

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.

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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