Infectious Disease Specialist
Department + Services
Infectious Disease Medicine
Programs + Specialties
LGBTQ affirming and competent
Training + Education
Medical School: Joan Sanford I Weill Medical College of Cornell University
Residency Hospital: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Fellowship Hospitals: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Other Education: PhD, The Rockefeller University
American Board of Internal Medicine
"Desire to understand and fight HIV - AIDS. Both scientific and clinical aspects. Human drama of medicine."
Board certified in internal medicine with a sub-specialty in infectious diseases, Dr. Swiggard has been a staff physician at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton since 2003. She is also an attending physician for HIV-AIDS care at Holyoke Health Center and an attending physician at the Cooley Dickinson Wound Care Program.
A lecturer and published author on a variety of subjects in virology, immunology, and infectious diseases, Dr. Swiggard is the recipient of a number of awards and honors, including Weil Cornell Medical College’s highest award, the John Metcalf Polk Prize for scholastic achievement; the Pfizer Award for Excellence in Infectious Diseases, and the Robert Austria Award for Academic Excellence in Infectious Diseases. She is also a member of Alpha Omega Alpha, the medical honor society.
A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of George Mason University with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, Dr. Swiggard received her Ph.D. and M.D. degrees from a program jointly administered by The Rockefeller University, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and Weill Cornell Medical College. Her Ph.D. research mentor was the late Dr. Ralph Steinman, 2011 Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine. Her Internal Medicine residency and Infectious Diseases fellowship and postdoctoral training were at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.