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
Education:
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

Swanson RL, Acharya NK, Cifu DX: Cerebral Microvascular Pathology Is a Common Endophenotype Between Traumatic Brain Injury, Cardiovascular Disease, and Dementia: A Hypothesis and Review. Cureus 14(5): e25318, May 2022 Notes: DOI 10.7759/cureus.25318.

Calandra JM, Shofer FS, Chao AM, Swanson RL: Nutrition Education, Understanding, and Counseling Practices Among Physiatrists: A Survey Study. Cureus 14(9): e28756, September 2022 Notes: DOI 10.7759/cureus.28756.

Swanson RL, Acharya NK, Arroyo E, Cullen DK: Longitudinal evaluation of blood-brain barrier pathology following experimental mild-TBI in swine: a preliminary study. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 100(4 Suppl 2): a176, April 2021 Notes: doi: 10.1097/PHM.0000000000001696.

Swanson RL, Acharya NK, DeMarshall C, Arroyo E, Smith DH, Nagele RG: Subacute blood-based detection of diffuse axonal injury following experimental mild-TBI in swine: a pilot study. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 100(4 Suppl 2): a194-195, April 2021 Notes: doi: 10.1097/PHM.0000000000001696.

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.

McBride WR, Conlan CE, Barylski NA, Warneryd AC, Swanson RL: Blood Biomarkers in Brain Injury Medicine. Curr. Phys. Med. Rehabil. Rep. February 2022.

O’Donnell JC, Swanson RL, Wofford KL, Grovola MR, Purvis EM, Petrov D, Cullen DK.: Emerging Approaches for Regenerative Rehabilitation following Traumatic Brain Injury. Regenerative Rehabilitation - From Basic Science to the Clinic. Greising SM, Call JA (eds.). Springer Cham, Page: Ch 13, June, 02 2022 Notes: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-95884-8_13.

Acharya NK, Grossman H, Arroyo E, Swanson RL, Kosciuk M, Venkataraman V, Lamar M, Bennett D, Schneider JA, Arvanitakis Z, Libon DJ, Nagele RG: Selective affinity of extravasated brain-reactive IgG autoantibodies for pyramidal neurons is linked to brain amyloid deposition, neuronal dysfunction, and cognitive decline. Alzheimers Dement 17(Suppl 3): e055567, December 2021 Notes: https://doi.org/10.1002/alz.055567.

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.

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.

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Last updated: 11/02/2022
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