“Cardiac surgery naturally followed. I paid no attention to the fact that I did not have a single female mentor or attending until my super fellowship – my 11th year of post-graduate training. I ultimately returned to Oregon where I began my training and became the first woman Cardiac Surgeon in Portland, Oregon. A city with 8 hospitals that perform cardiac surgery.
I find the population of adult congenital heart disease patients incredibly rewarding to care for. The number of adults with congenital heart disease now surpasses the number of children with congenital heart disease in the US. These are the patients who were brave and underwent operations at the advent of congenital surgery. They have incredible stories to tell.”
Dr. Swanson is truly a renaissance woman, with a phenomenal range of skills both clinically and outside of work. She is quite the powerhouse of an all-star.