Judith Lea Swain, M.D., is a specialist in cardiology. As well as patient care, Dr. Swain has worked in many areas of medicine, from research to invention, publishing to hospital administration, professional consulting to academic leadership. She also has mentored others in the development of their medical careers.
When she first decided to become a physician as a junior high school student, Judith Swain's goal was more general, to combine her love of science with helping people. Born in Long Beach, California, in 1948, Judith Swain earned her bachelor of science degree in chemistry at the University of California, Los Angeles in 1970. She earned her doctor of medicine degree at the University of California, San Diego, in 1974, and went on for her internship and residency at the Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina, where she later held fellowships in cardiovascular research and clinical cardiology. In 1979 she joined the faculty at Duke, where she stayed until 1991. While there, she became widely known in the field of molecular cardiology and pioneered the use of transgenic animals to understand the genetic basis of cardiovascular development and disease.
From 1991 to 1996 she was the Herbert C. Rohrer Professor of Medical Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, where she was a professor of genetics and member of the molecular biology graduate group. In 1997 Dr. Swain became the Arthur L. Bloomfield Professor of Medicine and chair of the Department of Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Swain has had major research grant support (average awards over $500,000) from a number of grant funding agencies, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH), from whom she has received research funding for the past 20 years. She holds an NIH M.E.R.I.T. award for her work on the developmental biology of the cardiovascular system, and her research has focused on the role of growth factors in angiogenesis, the development of blood vessels.
Dr. Swain holds several patents, including two patents for methods of increasing the energy metabolism of heart and skeletal muscle, and one for a method of identifying patients at risk for heart failure. She has published more than sixty articles and book chapters in the field of cardiology.
Dr. Swain has been elected to a number of honorary societies, including the Association of American Physicians, the American Society for Clinical Investigation, the Association of University Cardiologists, the American Clinical and Climatological Society, and the Institute of Medicine.