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Richard Swanson Named Chief of Surgery at CHA

Richard Swanson, MD, FACS, CHA’s new chief of surgery

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), an academic community health system serving Cambridge, Somerville and Boston’s metro-north region, has named Richard Swanson, MD, FACS, as its chief of surgery. Dr. Swanson brings more than 20 years of experience as a leading pancreatic surgeon and well-respected physician leader who has held a wide range of clinical and academic roles throughout his career.

Dr. Swanson comes to CHA from the Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center (DF/BWCC), where he was the director of the Program in Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Cancer of the Division of Surgical Oncology. At DF/BWCC, he led a specialized team which advances national standards of care through breakthrough research and is developing innovative methods of preventing, diagnosing and treating pancreatic cancer.

Early in his career, Dr. Swanson held various physician leadership positions, including a six-year appointment as chief of surgical oncology at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, one of the largest health care systems in central Massachusetts. Like CHA, the organization is a regional health system focused on providing high-quality care to a diverse patient population, along with a strong focus on academics. Dr. Swanson also served an associate professor of surgery at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

At CHA, Dr. Swanson will lead a team of highly-trained surgeons, including specialists in general surgery, breast surgery, eye surgery, ear/nose/throat surgery, foot surgery, thoracic surgery, vascular surgery and plastic surgery. This includes surgeons from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center who see patients at CHA. The department also offers open access scheduling, giving patients easy access to appointments, at the Cambridge Breast Center, CHA Eye Center and surgery clinics at CHA hospitals in Cambridge, Somerville and Everett. Dr. Swanson received his MD from Harvard Medical School in 1980. He completed his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital in 1987 and a surgical oncology fellowship at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in 1989.

Dr. Swanson’s mission-driven values extend beyond the workplace, as he currently serves as an associate professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School. He also holds membership in the Americas Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association, Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, Society of Surgical Oncology, Pancreas Club and the New England Surgical Society.  Dr. Swanson is a Diplomate of the American Board of Surgery.