Michael F. Swartz, Ph.D.

Michael F. Swartz, Ph.D.

Contact Information

University of Rochester Medical Center
School of Medicine and Dentistry
601 Elmwood Ave, Box 619-2
Rochester, NY 14642

Office: (585) 275-2735

Professional Bio

Michael Swartz started his medical career as a physician's assistant in the division of cardiac surgery at SUNY Upstate in Syracuse, New York. While at SUNY Upstate, Michael completed a Master's of Science in physiology in 2007, and PhD in pharmacology in 2009. Following completion of his graduate work, Michael joined the URMC as both a physician's assistant on the cardiac surgery service and a post-doctoral research fellow working with Dr. George Alfieris. Following completion of his post-doctoral research fellowship he was appointed as an assistant professor of surgery at URMC in 2013.

Research Bio

Despite surgical ingenuity to palliate the 1000 infants born annually in the United States with single ventricle (SV) physiology, the predicted life expectancy for these patients remains less than three decades without cardiac transplantation. Shortly after birth, infants undergo the first in a series of operations which ultimately diverts systemic venous return away from the heart, directly into the pulmonary vasculature. Although short and midterm results of this palliation are acceptable, the majority of patients succumb to heart failure. Cardiac transplantation is the optimal treatment; however, due to limited organ supply and an absence of circulatory support strategies, nearly 25% of failing SV patients die while awaiting cardiac transplant.

We have developed a survival, single ventricle, large animal model that we are currently using to test different strategies for mechanical circulatory support. These strategies developed at the URMC and from other vendors, may provide further options for single ventricle patients while awaiting transplant.

Awards & Honors (National)

Best Clinical Presentation | Cardiac Electrophysiology Society | Orlando, FL 2011
Allied Professional Award | Heart Rhythm Society | Boston, MA 2009

Awards & Honors (Local)

Professional Development Award | United University Professions 2007

Recent Journal Articles

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2016 Aug
Alfieris GM, Swartz MF, Lehoux J, Bove EL. "Long-Term Survival and Freedom From Reoperation After Placement of a Pulmonary Xenograft Valved Conduit." The Annals of thoracic surgery. 2016 Aug; 102(2):602-7. Epub 2016 May 04.
2016 Jun 3
Freires IA, Avil├ęs-Reyes A, Kitten T, Simpson-Haidaris PJ, Swartz M, Knight PA, Rosalen PL, Lemos JA, Abranches J. "Heterologous expression of Streptococcus mutans Cnm in Lactococcus lactis promotes intracellular invasion, adhesion to human cardiac tissues and virulence." Virulence. 2016 Jun 3; :1-12. Epub 2016 Jun 03.
2016 Apr
Seltzer L, Swartz MF, Kwon J, Burchfiel J, Cholette JM, Wang H, Sweeney D, Adams HR, Meagher C, Angona R, Guillet R, Alfieris GM. "Neurodevelopmental outcomes after neonatal cardiac surgery: Role of cortical isoelectric activity." The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery. 2016 Apr; 151(4):1137-42. Epub 2015 Oct 27.
Swartz MF, Angona R, Smith K, Kraenzlin F, Stypula CM, Joshi D, Tchantchaleishvili V, Hicks GL, Massey HT. "Costs and Outcomes in the Care of Bi-ventricular Support as a Bridge to Cardiac Transplant." ASAIO journal : a peer-reviewed journal of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs. 2016 62(5):513-7.
2015 Sep
Swartz MF, Simon B, Atallah-Yunes N, Cholette JM, Orie J, Gensini F, Alfieris GM. "Distal Transverse Arch to Left Carotid Artery Ratio Helps to Identify Infants With Aortic Arch Hypoplasia." The Annals of thoracic surgery. 2015 Sep; 100(3):1004-11; discussion 1011-2. Epub 2015 Jul 23.

Current Appointments

Assistant Professor - Department of Surgery, Cardiac (SMD)


Physician Assistant - NCCPA


PhD | Pharmacology | SUNY Upstate Medical University2009
MHS | Physician Assistant | University of Nebraska2007
MS | Physiology | SUNY Upstate Medical Unviersity2007
BS | Physician Assistant Studies | D'Youville College Buffalo2001

Post-Doctoral Training & Residency

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Surgery 2013