Kathy Swafford, M.D.

Assistant Professor


In January of 2009 Dr. Kathy Swafford joined the faculty at Southern Illinois University as an assistant professor of pediatrics and director of SIU’s Children’s Medical and Mental Health Resource Network, based in Anna.

Dr. Swafford has been in private practice in Anna for the past 14 years. She served as medical director of Health Alliance Medical Plans, based in Urbana (1998-2009). 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 1987.

She completed a fellowship in pediatric nephrology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (1987) as well as her residency, including a year as chief resident (1985). She earned her medical degree at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta (1981) and her bachelor’s degree at West Georgia College in Carrollton (1977).

Dr. Swafford is board certified in child abuse pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics. She is also board certified in pediatrics and a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Illinois Chapter of AAP. 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. She also serves on the immunization advisory committee for Illinois Department of Public Health.


Medical School: 
Medical College of Georgia in Augusta
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston