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Karl Swann, MD

Diplomate American Board of Neurological Surgery




4410 Medical Drive, Suite 610
San Antonio, TX 78229
Phone: (210) 614-2453
Fax: (210) 477-5753

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Bachelor of Arts
University of Michigan, 1976


Doctor of Medicine
University of Michigan, 1979


General Surgery
Harvard Medical School
Massachusetts General Hospital
July 1979 – June 1980


Harvard Medical School
Massachusetts General Hospital
July 1980 – January 1986


Neurosurgical Intensive Care
Harvard Medical School
Massachusetts General Hospital
July 1982 – June 1983


Texas State Board of Medical Examiners, 1986
Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies, 2014


American Board of Neurological Surgery
September 1988, #8870

American Board of Spine Surgery
October 1998


Neurosurgical Associates of San Antonio, P.A.
July 1, 1986 to present


Texas Medical Board
Appointed by The Honorable Rick Perry
Governor of the State of Texas

Federation of State Medical Boards
Fellow Member
May 28, 2013-2016

Texas Health Care Information Council
Appointed by The Honorable George W. Bush
Governor of the State of Texas
May 2000

Texas Rehabilitation Commission
Medical Advisory Board
1998 to 2000


Chairman, Department of Neurosurgery
Methodist Hospital System
San Antonio, TX
2009 to 2011

Chairman, Neurosurgery Section
Department of Surgery
Southwest Texas Methodist Hospital
San Antonio, TX
January 1992 – 1997

Assistant in Neurosurgery
Department of Neurosurgery
Harvard Medical School
Massachusetts General Hospital
January 1986 – June 1986


Clinical Assistant Professor
Center for Neurosurgical Sciences
University of Texas Health Science Center
San Antonio, TX
1986 to present


Methodist Hospital
Methodist Transplant & Specialty Hospital
Metropolitan Methodist Hospital
Stone Oak Methodist Hospital
Baptist Health System
Victory Hospital


Phi Beta Kappa
Alpha of Michigan, 1976

Alpha Omega Alpha
University of Michigan Medical School, 1979


C. Gardner Child III Award
Department of Surgery
University of Michigan Medical School, 1979

Upjohn Award of Medical Student
Graduating with best academic record


Leksell Gamma Knife, November, 1998
CyberKnife, January 2005
Leksell Gamma Knife Perfexion, August, 2010


Massachusetts General Hospital Neurosurgical Alumni
Association, President
American Association of Neurological Surgeons
Congress of Neurological Surgeons
American Medical Association
Massachusetts Medical Society
Southern Medical Society
AANS/CNS Section on Spine & Peripheral Nerves
North American Spine Society
Southern Neurosurgical Society
American Association of Spine Physicians
Texas Association of Neurological surgeons
American Academy of Spine Physicians
AANS/CNS Section on Neurotrauma and Critical Care
Bexar County Medical Society
Texas Medical Association
Walter E. Dandy Neurosurgical Society
American College of Surgeons


National Research Service Award
United States Public Health Service
July 1983 – June 1984


Swann KW: ICU Management of Severe Head Injury,
Chap 14, Neurological-Neurosurgical Intensive Care,
Ropper A, Kennedy S, Zervas N (eds) University Park Press, Baltimore, 1983

Swann KW, Ropper AH, Zervas NT: Initial results of a
clinical trial of Flousol-DA 20% in acute cerebral ischemia,
Advances in Blood Substitute Research, Bolin RB,
Geyer, RP, Nemo GJ (eds) Alan R. Liss, Co., New York,

Swann KW, Cosman ER: Modification of the Richmond
subarachnoid screw for monitoring intracranial pressure.
Technical Note, J. Neurosurgery 60: 1102-1103, 1984

Swann KW, Zervas NT: Modified crossed leg raising test
for Sciatica. Neurosurgery 15: 175-177, 1984

Swann KW: Intracranial pressure monitoring devices.
Seminars in Neurology 4:412-416, 1984

Swann KW, Ropper AH, New JPF, Poletti CE:
Spontaneous spinal subarachnoid hemorrhage and subdural
hematoma. Two patients. J. Neurosurgery 61:975-980, 1984

Swann KW, Black PM: Deep vein thrombosis and
pulmonary embolism in neurosurgical patients. A review,
J. Neurosurgery 61: 1055-1062, 1984

Swann KW, Heros RC: Accessory nerve palsy following
carotid endarterectomy. J. Neurosurgery 63: 630-632, 1985

Black PM, Swann KW: Management of severe head
injuries, Chap 14, Trauma Management, Burke J, Boyd R, McCabe C (eds) Yearbook Meidcal Publishers,
Chicago, 1985

Swann KW: Intracranial pressure monitoring, Post- Surgical Intensive Care Procedures at the Massachusetts
General Hospital. Levy J, Kafka A, Quill T (eds) Little
Brown and Co., Boston, 1986, pp 277-281

Swann KW, Heros RC, Debrun G: Middle cerebral artery
embolism by a detachable balloon. Management by
microsurgical embolectomy. Case report. J. Neurosurgery
64: 309-312, 1986

Ojeman RG, Swann KW: Meningiomas of the anterior
cranial base, Tumors of the Cranial Base: Diagnosis and
Treatment, Sekhar L. Schram V (eds) Futura, Mt. Kisko,
NY, 1987, pp 279-294

Carter JE, Merrin MD, Swann KW: Preoperative diagnosis of Lhermitte-Duclos Disease by Magnetic Resonance
Imagining. J. Neurosurgery 70 (1) 135-138, 1989

Ojemann RG, Swann KW: Alternate Surgical Approaches
to Frontobasal Tumors. Surgical Management of Olfactory
Groove, Seprasellar, and Medial Sphenoid wing
Meningiomas, Meningiomas and Their Surgical
Management. Schmidek HH (ed). Philadelphia, WB
Saunders, 1991, 242-259

Ojeman RG, Swann KW: Surgical management of
Olfactory groove, suprasellar and medial sphenoid wing
meningiomas, Operative Neurosurgical Techniques:
Indications, Methods and Results; ed 2, Vol 1, Philadelphia, WB Saunders, 1988: 531. Schmidek HH,
Sweet WH (eds), Grune and Stratton
Swann KW, Sanders AE, Johnson RG, Swann MC.
Radiologic Evaluation of Cervical Nitinol Staples in a Goat
Model. AANS/CNS Section on DIsorders of the SPine and
Peripheral Nerves (poster presentation at the Section
Meeting, Orlando, February 2008)

Swann KW, Saunders AE, Johnson RG, Swann MC.
Radiologic, Histologic, and Specimen Evaluation of
Cervical Nitinol Staples in a Goat Model. Spine Vol 8,
1524, 2008 (poster presentation at the North American
Spine Meeting, Toronto, October 2008)