Stephen Swanson, MD

Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics

Stephen Swanson

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-625-2272

Office Address:
Global Pediatrics
717 Delaware St. SE
Room 365
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Mailing Address:
Global Pediatrics
717 Delaware St. SE
Room 365, Mail Code 1932
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics

Faculty Member, Division of Global Pediatrics

MD, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

Residency in Pediatrics, Children's Hospital, Oakland, CA

Chief Residency, Children's Hospital, Oakland, CA

Fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Disease, Washington University, St. Louis, MO

BS, Child Psychology, University of Minnesota

Diploma in Tropical Medicine & Hygiene, The Gorgas Course in Clinical Tropical Medicine, Instituto de Medicina Tropical (IMT) in Lima Peru in collaboration with University of Alabama at Birmingham, Lisbon, Portugal

Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer, Lieutenant Commander, United States Public Health Service Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Dr. Swanson is a board certified pediatrician trained in infectious diseases and tropical medicine. Dr. Swanson graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1997. He completed residency training in pediatrics at Children's Hospital and Research Center at Oakland, where he served as a chief resident in pediatrics. He was a staff physician hospitalist at Lucille Packard Children's Hospital - Stanford University Hospital from 2002 to 2003. He subsequently completed a postdoctoral fellowship in infectious diseases at Washington University School of Medicine, and served as an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) officer for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Dr. Swanson has lived and worked throughout Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. He holds a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (Instituto de Medicina Tropical, Lima, Peru), and has special interests in global health, infectious diseases, pediatric hospital medicine, and medical education.

Dr. Swanson is also a member of the University of Minnesota Center for Global Pediatrics and has won numerous teaching awards. He formerly served at Hennepin County Medical Center in the role of Pediatric Inpatient Medical Director and as a pediatric infectious disease and travel medicine consultant.

At present, Dr. Swanson is living with his family in Arusha, Tanzania (East Africa), where he is a member of the medical staff at Arusha Lutheran Medical Center and Selian Lutheran Hospital. He is active in the development of protocols and services for hospitalized children with severe acute malnutrition, and serves as the medical director for Tanzania’s highest level neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Dr. Swanson also remains engaged in developing pediatric medical curriculum and training Tanzanian healthcare professionals and international residents. He serves as an intermediary to the international global health community, and is active in the global health mentorship of medical residents from the University of Minnesota. 

Awards & Recognition

  • Master Teacher Award, Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota Medical School (2017-2018)
  • James H. Nakano Citation Award for outstanding scientific publication, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2013)
  • Outstanding Faculty Educator Award, Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota (2007, 2009-2010, 2013)
  • Global Health Course, Outstanding Speaker of the Week ; Department of Medicine, University of Minnesota (2009-2013)
  • Pediatric Faculty Master Teacher Award; Hennepin County Medical Center (2012)
  • George R. Noren Pediatric Faculty Teaching Award; Hennepin County Medical Center (2007-2011)
  • University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts Commencement Speaker (1993)
  • Three-time recipient of the University of Minnesota Selmer Birkelo Scholarship for distinguished achievement within College of Liberal Arts (1990-1993)


Board Certifications

  • American Board of Pediatrics
  • American Board of Pediatrics - Pediatric Infectious Diseases