Randel Swanson, DO, PhD

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Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Staff Physician, Rehab Medicine Service, Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center, Philadelphia PA
Member, University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine, Center for Brain Injury and Repair
Member, Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center, Center for Neurotrauma, Neurodegeneration & Restoration
Associate Director for Research in PM&R, University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine, Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Member, University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine, 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: 215-893-2600
Fax: 215-893-2686
Lab: 215-823-5123
R.B.A. (Pre-Med)
Shepherd University, 2003.
Ph.D. (Cell & Molecular Biology)
Rutgers School of Graduate Studies - Biomedical and Health Sciences [formerly UMDNJ-GSBS], 2010.
D.O. (Medicine)
Rowan-Virtua School of Osteopathic Medicine [formerly UMDNJ-SOM], 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 Acquired Brain Injury 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.

Patel PR, Armistead-Jehle P, Eltman NR, Heath KM, Cifu DX, Swanson RL: Brain Injury: How Dietary Patterns Impact Long-Term Outcomes. Curr. Phys. Med. Rehabil. Rep. 11(3): 367-376, July 2023 Notes: https://doi.org/10.1007/s40141-023-00413-7.

Grovola MR, Jinich A, Paleologos N, Arroyo EJ, Browne KD, Swanson RL, Duda JE, Cullen DK : Persistence of Hyper-ramified Microglia in Porcine Cortical Gray Matter after Mild Traumatic Brain Injury. Biomedicines 11(7): 1960, July 2023 Notes: https://doi.org/10.3390/biomedicines11071960.

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: 06/21/2024
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