February 25, 2014
SIU Med School Physician Receives Certification
Dr. Kathy D. Swafford, assistant professor of pediatrics at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine has been certified in child abuse pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics. Swafford also is director of SIU’s Children’s Medical Resource Network in Anna.
Board certification in pediatric child abuse requires five years clinical practice in pediatrics with 50 percent of the time working with child abuse. Recertification is required every seven years. Only 324 physicians in the U.S. are certified in child abuse pediatrics.
The Children’s Medical Resource Network serves the southern 45 counties in Illinois, working with eight Child Advocacy Centers and 17 Illinois Department of Children and Family Service field offices. It is supported by a federal grant which is administered through SIU School of Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics.
Swafford joined the SIU faculty in 2009. She has practiced general pediatrics since 1987. She sees abuse and neglect patients at Two Rivers Child Advocacy Center in Anna. Swafford 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 (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).