Robert J. Swantz, M.D.

Robert J. Swantz, M.D.

Contact Information

University of Rochester Medical Center
School of Medicine and Dentistry
601 Elmwood Ave, Box 651
Rochester, NY 14642

Office: (585) 275-2972
Fax: (585) 461-3614

Professional Bio

I finished my pediatrics residency at the UofR in 1990 and joined the Rochester faculty three years later directly out of my neonatology fellowship at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. Soon thereafter I had the opportunity to become involved in our medical student education programs and was appointed associate clerkship director. In 2000 I became the clerkship and sub-internship director in Pediatrics and was responsible for re-designing the clerkship for the Double-Helix Curriculum. Throughout the years I have had numerous opportunities to work with the Dean's office on curriculum development, student assessment, admissions, and promotions/review.

In 1998 I became the medical director of the Neonatal Transport Team and I spearheaded the re-design of the system to a predominantly nurse-respiratory therapist model. I have continued to oversee that program and have trained over 90 nurses and respiratory therapists with advanced skills and knowledge in neonatology.

Research Bio

Dr. Swantz's scholarly interests are undergraduate medical education and transport medicine. He directs the 3rd year clerkship and 4th year sub-internship for medical students in the Department of Pediatrics, and is involved with the Dean's office in the design, implementation, management and evaluation of the medical school curriculum. Dr. Swantz also serves as the Medical Director for the Neonatal Transport Team.

Awards & Honors (Local)

Top Doctors | Castle Connolly 2008 - Present
Health Leadership Award | March of Dimes 2005
Ruth A. Lawrence Faculty Service Award for Excellent Teaching | Department of Pediatrics, University of Rochester 2004
Lawrence E. Young Dean's Teaching Fellowship | School of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Rochester 2004 - 2005
America's Top Pediatricians | Consumer's Research Council of America 2002
Best Doctors in America 2001 - Present
Quality Achievement Award for Leadership in Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Quality Improvement | Strong Memorial Hospital 1996

Recent Journal Articles

1999 Oct
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.
1994 Apr
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. Link

Current Appointments

Professor - Department of Pediatrics, Neonatology (SMD) - Primary


Pediatrics - American Board of Pediatrics
Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine - American Board of Pediatrics


MD | Medicine | University of Virginia School of Medicine1987
BS | Biology | College of William and Mary1983

Post-Doctoral Training & Residency

Fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at Children's Hospital Medical Center07/01/1990 - 06/30/1993
Residency in Pediatrics at University of Rochester Medical Center07/01/1988 - 06/30/1990
Internship in Pediatrics at University of Rochester Medical Center07/01/1987 - 06/30/1988