Barry Swerdlow, M.D., FASA

  • Assistant Professor, School of Nursing


Barry Swerdlow joined the OHSU nurse anesthesia program in October 2018.  He comes from a busy community practice in Southern California with a subspecialty in cardiac anesthesia.  Barry also has been (and continues to be) a longstanding adjunct clinical faculty member in the Stanford University Department of Anesthesiology.  He previously completed residencies in internal medicine and anesthesia and fellowship training in clinical pharmacology at Stanford.  He comes to OHSU specifically to teach lessons learned from decades of clinical practice.  Barry's research interests include methods to increase safety in operating room anesthesia and innovative education practices in nurse anesthesia training.  He is an avid outdoor person who diligently tries to keep up with his athletic wife and two sons.   

Education and training

    • B.S., 1975, Yale College
    • M.D., 1979, Harvard-MIT Program in Health Sciences and Technology, Harvard Medical School
  • Internship

    • Internal Medicine, Stanford University Medical Center
  • Residency

    • Internal Medicine, Stanford University Medical Center
    • Anesthesiology, Stanford University Medical Center
  • Fellowship

    • Clinical Pharmacology, Stanford University Medical Center
  • Certifications

    • OHSU Education Scholars Program, 2023
    • Recertification, American Board of Anesthesiology, 2009
    • Diplomate, American Board of Anesthesiology, 1987
    • Diplomate, American Board of Internal Medicine, 1983

Memberships and associations:

  • California Society of Anesthesiologists
  • American Society of Anesthesiologists

Areas of interest

  • Education in Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine; Adverse Perioperative Events; Patient Safety; Occupational Hazards of Health Care Providers

Honors and awards

  • Appreciation Award, Professor of the Year, OHSU Nurse Anesthesia Program Class of 2024, 2023
  • Excellence in Teaching Award – Graduate Faculty, OHSU School of Nursing, 2022
  • Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nursing Faculty, OHSU School of Nursing, 2022
  • Faculty Initiative Pool Award, OHSU School of Nursing, 2022
  • Didactic Teaching Award, OHSU Nurse Anesthesia Program, 2020
  • OHSU Faculty Flame Award, 2019
  • Fellow of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, 2019
  • Chief of Staff Recognition Award for Leadership in Advancing Excellence in Patient Care, Los Robles Regional Medical Center, 2007
  • First Place, Academic Awards, Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine, 1986
  • Academic Honors Award, Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine, 1985
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Yale College, 1975
  • First Place, Freshman English Literature Essay Contest, Yale College, 1971


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Selected publications

  • Swerdlow B, Osborne-Smith L. (in press). Sugammadex: Pharmacometrics, Clinical Utility, and Adverse Effects. J Am Ass Nurs Anesth. 2021.
  • Swerdlow B, Osborne-Smith L, Hatfield L, Korin T, Jacobs S. (in press). Mock oral board examination in nurse anesthesia education. J Nurs Educ. 2021. 
  • Swerdlow B, Stoelberg J, Osborne-Smith L. Distance education in anesthesia using screen-based simulation – a brief integrative review. Advs Med Educ Pract. 2020 Aug 20;11:563-567. doi: 10.2147/AMEP.S266469. eCollection 2020. 
  • Swerdlow B, Osborne-Smith L, Berry D. Anesthesiologists have an important role in preclinical nurse anesthesia education. Advs Med Educ Pract. 2020 Dec 16;11:997-1003. doi: 10.2147/AMEP.S286546. eCollection 2020.
  • Swerdlow B. Surgical smoke and SARS-CoV-2 transmission. J Clin Anesth Intensive Care. 2020;1:1-6.
  • Swerdlow B. Surgical smoke and the anesthesia provider. J Anesth. 2020 Aug;34(4):575-584. doi.10.1007/s00540-020-02775-x.
  • Swerdlow B. Intraoperative awareness with recall due to inadvertent use of activated charcoal filters. Open J Anesthesiol. 2019;9:127-132. 
  • Swerdlow B. Do patients with asymptomatic congenital complete heart block require a pacemaker for non-cardiac surgery? Open J Anesthesiol. 2018;8:130-135.
  • Swerdlow B. What is the best anesthetic for ICD implants? Heart Rhythm. 2012 Mar;9(3:349-350. doi: 10.1016/j.hrthm.2011.11.011.
  • Swerdlow B, Holley F, Maitre P, Stansky D. Chronic alcohol intake does not change thiopental anesthetic requirement: pharmacokinetics or pharmacodynamics. Anesthesiology. 1990 Mar;72(3):455-461. doi: 10.1097/00000542-199003000-00011. PubMed PMID: 2310025.  


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