Jonathan R. Swanson, MD, MSc, Chief Quality Officer for Children’s Services
Swanson oversees the quality efforts across the Children’s Hospital. He is also medical director for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and works with its nurse leadership to oversee the day-to-day functions.
As a neonatologist, Swanson loves the interactions with parents and families, as well as taking care of sick and premature infants. His passion and research has focused on necrotizing enterocolitis, an intestinal infection that afflicts this population. He is also interested in quality improvement methodology and cost-effective care.
Swanson knew he wanted to work with kids after coaching a basketball team of third and fourth grade girls as a senior in high school. In college at Pepperdine University, he found that his love of science pushed him toward a career in medicine.
Swanson completed medical school at the University of Rochester and subsequently completed both his pediatric residency and neonatal-perinatal medicine fellowship at the University of Virginia. After completing his fellowship, he worked in northern New Jersey until returning to UVA in 2011. He obtained a master’s degree in healthcare quality & safety in 2013.
Swanson enjoys living in the Charlottesville area as it allows ample opportunities for outdoor activities with his wife and kids. They especially enjoy hiking in Shenandoah and visiting the local orchards.