Thomas Swaffield, MD

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Thomas Swaffield, MD, is a pediatric sports medicine specialist at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), caring for patients at CHOP Specialty Care locations in Plainsboro and Voorhees, NJ, as well as Philadelphia.

Areas of Expertise: Sports medicine, Sports injuries, Overuse injuries in pediatric athletes
Locations: Specialty Care, Virtua; Specialty Care, Princeton at Plainsboro; Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care
Appointments, Referrals and Video Visits: 215-590-1527

Education and Training

Medical School

MD - The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Washington, DC


Pediatrics - Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, PA


Primary Care Sports Medicine - Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

Board Certification

Pediatrics – American Board of Pediatrics

Undergraduate Degree

Bachelor of Science, Biology, Lafayette College, Easton, PA

Titles and Academic Titles

Pediatric Sports Medicine Specialist

Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

Departments and Services



Swaffield, T.P., Greene, A., Tsai, A.Y., & Olympia, R.P. (2022). Two Cases of Splenic Injuries in Adolescent Lacrosse Players. Journal of Pediatric Surgery Case Reports, 86 (1-4).

Nachnani, R., Hushagen, K., Swaffield, T.P., Jhaveri, P., Verana, K.E., & Alexander, C.P. (2022). Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome and Hypophosphatemia in Adolescents. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition Reports, 3:4.

Swaffield, T.P., & Olympia, R.P. (2022). School Nurses on the Front Lines of Healthcare: Emergencies Associated with Sport and Physical Activities (Part 3): Shortness of Breath in a Pediatric Athlete During a Track Event. NASN School Nurse, 37:5 (257-260).

Swaffield, T.P., & Clarke, S. (2022). Poor weight gain, hypernatremia and jaundice in a 2-month-old male. Clinical Pediatrics, 61:4 (376-380).

Swaffield, T.P., & Olympia R.P. (2021). School Nurses on the Front Lines of Healthcare: Emergencies Associated with Sport and Physical Activities (Part 2): Sudden Cardiac Arrest, Hypovolemic Shock and Spinal Cord Injury. NASN School Nurse, 37:3 (141-146).

Swaffield, T.P., Lehnhardt, K., & Neviaser, A.S. (2018). Fracture Risk in Spaceflight and Potential Treatment Options. Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance, 89:12 (1060-1067).

Rothenberger, M.B., Swaffield, T.P., Calomeni, A.J., & Cabrey, C.D. (2013). Multivariate analysis of water quality and plankton assemblages in an urban estuary. Estuaries and Coasts, 37: 3 (695-711). Digital Object Identifier (DOI) 10.1007/s12237-013-9714-0. 

Awards and Honors

Outstanding First Year Resident Award, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Leadership and Memberships

2018—Present American Academy of Pediatrics

2018—Present American Medical Society for Sports Medicine