Robert “Chad” Swanson, DO, MPH

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Chad Swanson, DO, MPH is a community emergency physician at Utah Valley Hospital, with a passion for applying “complex systems thinking” concepts, approaches, and methods to transform health systems.  After medical training, he received a Masters Degree in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.  Dr. Swanson has taught international health and health systems at Brigham Young University, and has published in journals such as the Lancet andPLoS Medicine on topics related to community health, health policy, health systems strengthening, and global health. 

Chad is interested in high-impact activities that cross disciplines, mobilize stakeholders, and transform systems.  He was the primary organizer of a conference at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center in August 2012 that focused on increasing organizational capacity in low-income countries to strengthen health systems.  More recently, he has led research, advocacy, and social media campaigns: Systems Thinking for Capacity in Health ( and Revolutionize Health (  Dr. Swanson has served on his physician group’s executive committee, and handles patient emergency department complaints at Utah Valley Hospital.  He is married, and enjoys reading, hiking, and dancing in the kitchen with his 5 children.