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Anita L. Szwast, MD Physician

Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics

Dr. Szwast is employed by or has a contract with Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health.

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Clinical Specialties

Specialty:

  • Pediatric Cardiology

Board Certification:

  • Pediatric Cardiology, 2006
  • Pediatrics, 2012

Clinical Expertise:

  • Arrhythmia
  • Athlete's Heart
  • Atrial Septal Defect (ASD)
  • Bicuspid Aortic Valve
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Cardiorenal Syndrome (CRS)
  • Congenital Heart Defects
  • Cyanotic Heart Disease
  • Dilated Cardiomyopathy
  • Familial Cardiomyopathy
  • Heart Block
  • Heart Murmur
  • Hypertension
  • Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
  • Marfan Syndrome
  • Mitral Stenosis
  • Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO)
  • Pericarditis
  • Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Pulmonary Valve Stenosis (PVS)
  • Pulmonary Veno Occlusive Disease
  • Restrictive Cardiomyopathy
  • Truncus Arteriosus
  • Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD)
  • Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome
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Education and Training

Medical School: University of Pittsburgh
Residency: Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children's Hospital
Fellowship: Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Memberships

American College of Cardiology, National American Heart Association, National American Society of Echocardiography, National Pennsylvania Medical Society, Local

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Szwast is employed by or has a contract with Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Lancaster General Hospital: On the medical staff, but does not have privileges to treat patients in the hospital.

Research

Selected Publications:

B. White, J. Savla, D. Burstein, C. Mascio, M. O’Connor, A Szwast, and L. Rogers: Interventricular Septal Hematoma Complicating Placement of a Ventricular Assist Device in an Infant JASE : 2019.

Monique M Gardner MD, Laura Mercer-Rosa MD, Michael P DiLorenzo MD, Katherine E Bates MD, Alyson Stagg CRNP, Shobha Natarajan MD, Anita Szwast MD, Jessica Tang MD, Stephanie Fuller MD, Christopher Mascio MD, Desiree Fleck CRNP, Deborah L Torowicz CRNP, Therese M Giglia MD, Jonathan J Rome MD, Chitra Ravishankar MD: Association of a Home Monitoring Program with Interstage and Stage 2 Outcomes J Am Heart Assoc. 21 (10): e010783,2019.

S. Sunderji, E. Jaeggi, A. Szwast, G. Ryan, F. Tessier, S. Siddiqui, B. Cuneo, S. Sheth, M. Treadwell, M. Frommelt, S. Turan, J. Copel, S. Emery, L. Rand, A. Moon-Grady.: NAFTNET Retrospective Report on Dexamethasone and Fetal Heart Block Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology : 2019.

A. Szwast and J. Rychik: Fetal Echocardiography PAEDIATRIC CARDIOLOGY, Fourth Edition : 2019.

Szwast A, Putt M, Gaynor JW, Licht D, Rychik J.: Cerebrovascular Response to Maternal Hyperoxygenation (MH) in Fetuses with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS) Depends Upon Gestational Age (GA) and Baseline Cerebrovascular Resistance Ultrasound Obstet Gynecol. : 2017.

Cuneo BF, Moon-Grady AJ, Sonesson SE, Levasseur S, Hornberger L, Donofrio MT, Krishnan A, Szwast A, Howley L, Benson DW, Jaeggi E.: Heart Sounds at Home: Feasibility of an ambulatory fetal heart rhythm surveillance program for anti-SSA positive pregnancies J Perinatol. 37 (3): 226-230,2017.

Monique M Gardner MD, Laura Mercer-Rosa MD, Michael P DiLorenzo MD, Katherine E Bates MD, Alyson Stagg CRNP, Shobha Natarajan MD, Anita Szwast MD, Jessica Tang MD, Stephanie Fuller MD, Christopher Mascio MD, Desiree Fleck CRNP, Deborah L Torowicz CRNP, Therese M Giglia MD, Jonathan J Rome MD, Chitra Ravishankar MD: Impact of Home Monitoring Program on Interstage Mortality and Stage II Outcomes JACC : 2017.

Goldberg DJ, French B, Szwast AL, McBride MG, Paridon SM, Rychik J, Mercer-Rosa L.: Tricuspid annular plane systolic excursion correlates with exercise capacity in a cohort of patients with hypoplastic left heart syndrome after Fontan operation. Echocardiography 33 (12): 1897-1902,2016.

Hahn, E, Szwast A, Cnota J wnd, Levine JC, Fifer CG, Jaeggi E, Andrews H, Williams IA.: Association of fetal growth, cerebral blood flow, and neurodevelopmental outcomes in single ventricle fetuses. Ultrasound Obstet Gynecol. 47 (4): 460-5.,2016.

Alexandra Channing, Anita Szwast, Zhi-Yun Tian, Jack Rychik: VARIABILITY IN FETAL CEREBROVASCULAR RESISTANCE IN CYANOTIC CONGENITAL HEART DISEASE: COMPARISON BETWEEN TRANSPOSITION OF THE GREAT ARTERIES AND HYPOPLASTIC LEFT HEART SYNDROME JACC 67 (13S5): 961,2016.

Academic Contact Info

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Division of Cardiology
3401 Civic Center Blvd.
Suite 8NW90 - Main Building

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (267) 425-6116
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)