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Randel Swanson, II, DO, PhD

Randel Swanson, II, DO, PhD Physician

Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Swanson is employed by Penn Medicine.

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Clinical Specialties


  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation - Brain Injury, 2018
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2016

Clinical Expertise:

  • BOTOX Therapy for Spasticity
  • Brain Injury Rehabilitation
  • Concussion
  • Head Injury
  • Neurologic Rehabilitation
  • Stroke Rehabilitation

Description of Clinical Expertise

Dr. Swanson’s clinical interests are in the Neurological Rehabilitation of patients with Acquired Brain Injury. 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.

Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Amerihealth Caritas
  • Amerihealth Caritas Medicare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • Clover Health Plan
  • CVS Health
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • eLAP Services
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Homestead Smart Health Plans
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana / Choicecare
  • Independence Blue Cross (Keystone East)
  • Intergroup
  • Keystone First
  • Keystone First Medicare
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Health and Wellness (Centene) Medicare
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Provider Partners Health Plan
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan
  • Veterans Choice Program

Education and Training

Medical School: University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
Residency: Delaware County Memorial Hospital
Residency: Temple University Hospital


American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, National Association of Academic Physiatrists, National

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Swanson is employed by Penn Medicine.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Medicine Rittenhouse Long-Term Acute Care Hospital: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Presbyterian Medical Center: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Pennsylvania Hospital: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Description of Research Expertise:

Dr. Swanson is actively pursuing research to elucidate the underlying mechanistic link between Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and secondary neurodegeneration. Working in collaboration with Dr. Douglas H. Smith in the Department of Neurosurgery and Dr. Eline Tjetske Luning Prak in the Department of Pathology here at Penn Medicine, along with Dr. Robert Nagele in the department of Medicine, Geriatrics and Cell Biology at Rowan University, Dr. Swanson currently investigating the role of IgG-autoantibodies in chronic post-TBI neuropathologies, and examining the utility of IgG-autoantibodies to serve as novel biomarkers for advanced TBI diagnostic and prognostic testing.

Selected Publications:

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 Epub ahead of print : 2018.

Randel L. Swanson, , Douglas H. Smith: IgG Autoantibodies in Traumatic Brain Injury" Friend or Foe? Am J Phys Med Rehabil 96 (3 (Suppl)): a123,2017.

Swanson R, Li S, Averna J, Cruz E: Rare Posterior Circulation Anatomical Variant Leads to Ischemic Cerebral Vascular Accident Involving the Bilateral Thalami and Superior Midbrain: A Case Report Am J Phys Med Rehabil 95 (3 (Suppl)): a104,2016.

Swanson R, Dangaria H, Leshin B, Cruz E: Recurrence of Exertional Compartment Syndrome After Two Prior Ipsilateral Four -Compartmental Fasciotomies: A Case Report. PM & R 6 (9): S281,2014.

Gingrich S, Swanson R, Gollotto K: Spontaneous, Non-Traumatic Hemarthrosis in a Patient Anti-Coagulated with Rivaroxaban. PM & R 6 (9): S255,2014.

Siu G, Swanson R, Tamayo N, Hyppolite N: Treating Hemiplegic Shoulder Pain with Spencer Technique, an Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment: A Case Study. PM & R 5 (9): 2013.

Swanson R: Biotensegrity: A Unifying Theory of Biological Architecture with Applications to Osteopathic Practice, Education and Research — A Review and Analysis. J Am Osteopath Assoc 113 (1): 34-52,2013.

Swanson R, Krishnan A, Nagele R, Venkataraman V: Sensing Mechanical Manipulations: Calcium Signaling Pathways in the Epidermis. J Am Osteopath Assoc 110 (8): 477,2010.

Gilliss A, Swanson R, Janora D, Venkataraman V: Sacroiliac Somatic Dysfunction Causing a Compensated Trendelenburg Gait: A Case Presentation. J Am Osteopath Assoc 110 (2): 81-6,2010.

Newberg A, Wang J, Rao H, Swanson R, Wintering N, Karp JS, Alavi A, Greenberg J, Detre J: Concurrent CBF and CMRGlc changes during human brain activation by combined fMRI-PET scanning. Neuroimage 28 (2): 500-6,2005.

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Academic Contact Info

1800 Lombard Street/1st Floor
Penn Medicine Rittenhouse
Dept. of PM&R

Philadelphia, PA 19146-1414
Phone: (215) 898-2660
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)