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Robert J. Swantz, M.D.

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Dr Swantz is an attending neonatologist in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Golisano Children's Hospital and in the Special Care Nursery at Rochester General Hospital. He is the Medical Director of the Neonatal Transport Team and is the Physician Advisor in Utilization Management for the Department of Pediatrics.

Professional Background

Dr. Swantz finished his Pediatrics residency at the University of Rochester in 1990 and returned to Rochester to join the faculty three years later, directly out of his neonatology fellowship at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. In 1995 he became involved in the Department of Pediatrics' medical student education programs as the Associate Clerkship Director. He assumed directorship of the 3rd year Clerkship and 4th year Sub-Internship in Pediatrics in 2000 and was responsible for re-designing the Pediatrics Clerkship for the Double-Helix Curriculum. Over the years he has had numerous opportunities to work with the Dean's office on curriculum development, student assessment, admissions, and promotions/review.

Dr. Swantz stepped down from his course leadership roles in 2018, and now focuses his efforts on utilization management and professional/hospital billing. He currently is the Physician Advisor in Utilization Management for the Department of Pediatrics.

In 1998 Dr. Swantz became the Medical Director of the Neonatal Transport Team and coordinated the re-design of the system to a predominantly nurse-respiratory therapist model. He continues to oversee that transport program and has trained over 100 nurses and respiratory therapists with advanced skills and knowledge in neonatology.


Dr. Swantz's scholarly interests include undergraduate medical education, utilization management, and transport medicine.




    MD | University of Virginia School of Medicine

    Post-doctoral Training & Residency

    07/01/1990 - 06/30/1993
    Fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at Children's Hospital Medical Center

    07/01/1988 - 06/30/1990
    Residency in Pediatrics at University of Rochester Medical Center

    07/01/1987 - 06/30/1988
    Internship in Pediatrics at University of Rochester Medical Center

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    2008 - Present
    Top Doctors
    Sponsor: Castle Connolly

    Health Leadership Award
    Sponsor: March of Dimes

    2004 - 2005
    Lawrence E. Young Dean's Teaching Fellowship
    Sponsor: School of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Rochester

    Ruth A. Lawrence Faculty Service Award for Excellent Teaching
    Sponsor: Department of Pediatrics, University of Rochester

    America's Top Pediatricians
    Sponsor: Consumer's Research Council of America

    2001 - Present
    Best Doctors in America

    Quality Achievement Award for Leadership in Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Quality Improvement
    Sponsor: Strong Memorial Hospital

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    Journal Articles

    Hall CB, Stevens TP, Swantz RJ, Sinkin RA, McBride JT. "Development of local guidelines for prevention of respiratory syncytial viral infections." The Pediatric infectious disease journal.. 1999 Oct; 18(10):850-3.

    Korfhagen TR, Swantz RJ, Wert SE, McCarty JM, Kerlakian CB, Glasser SW, Whitsett JA. "Respiratory epithelial cell expression of human transforming growth factor-alpha induces lung fibrosis in transgenic mice." The Journal of clinical investigation.. 1994 Apr; 93(4):1691-9.

    Swantz R. "Imaging Strategies for Neonatal Pulmonary Disease" . Resident and Staff Physician - February supplement. 1993; : 17-21.