Launching an Exclusive Human Milk Diet Program in a NICU

Jonathan Swanson, MD, MSc

Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Chief Quality Officer for Children’s Services, and Medical Director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit,
University of Virginia Children’s Hospital,
Charlottesville, VA, USA

Speaker Bio - Jonathan Swanson, MD, MSc

Dr. Jonathan Swanson received his MD from the University of Rochester in New York and completed both his pediatric residency and neonatal-perinatal medicine fellowship at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. He obtained a master’s degree in health care quality and safety from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia in 2013. Dr. Swanson is currently the Chief Quality Officer for Children’s Services and the Medical Director for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at the University of Virginia.

Dr. Swanson’s passion and research focuses on necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) and neonatal nutrition, as well as quality improvement methodology and cost-effective care. His current projects include a cost analysis of heart rate predictive monitoring in the NICU, assessing the role of serum cortisol values in predicting neonatal morbidity, delivery room resuscitation of newborns aided by video review, and evaluating the use of an exclusive human milk diet (EHMD) in very low birth weight infants. Dr. Swanson also participates in the Neonatal Kidney Multidisciplinary Collaborative, a multicenter international collaborative evaluating acute kidney injury in newborns and premature infants. Dr. Swanson has authored over 50 journal articles and book chapters and is frequently invited to present his work at national and regional conferences and symposiums. He was included on the Best Doctors in America® List from 2015 to 2018, and in 2018 received a Best Bedside Manner Award from OurHealth, a Virginia regional health publication.