Kathy Swafford, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics - Pediatric Nephrology


Dr. Kathy D. Swafford joined the faculty at Southern Illinois University as an assistant professor of pediatrics and director of SIU’s Children’s Medical Resource Network, based in Anna. 

The Children’s Medical Resource Network (CMRN) was founded in 2001. CMRN is a network of physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants dedicated to the competent, compassionate, timely and geographically appropriate examinations of children believed to have been abused or neglected.

Swafford has been in private practice in Anna for the past 10 years and also serves as medical director of Health Alliance Medical Plans, based in Urbana (1998-present). She was on staff, including three years as medical director, at Rural Health, Inc. (1992-98) and at Carbondale Clinic (1987-92). She has been a volunteer faculty member at SIU since 1984.

Swafford is board certified in pediatrics and a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She currently serves on the board of the Southern Seven Health Department and  is secretary-treasurer of the Southern Illinois Medical Association. She is on the advisory board for Illinois Emergency Medical Services for Children and the Division of Specialized Care for Children, both at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She also serves on the immunization advisory committee for Illinois Department of Public Health. 

Swafford is married to Tim Heath. They have one daughter. 


West Georgia College in Carrollton
Medical School: 
Medical College of Georgia in Augusta
University of Texas Health Science Center (UT) at Houston
University of Texas Health Science Center (UT) at Houston - Pediatric Nephrology


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