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January 30, 2009

Dr. Kathy D. Swafford Dr. Kathy Swafford portrait has 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.  She succeeds Dr. Deanna St. Germain who is retiring after serving as the medical director of CMRN since 2002.

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.

She completed a fellowship in pediatric nephrology at the University of Texas Health Science Center (UT) at Houston (1987) as well as her residency, including a year as chief resident (1986).  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).

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. 

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