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7 Quick Questions With Neonatologist Jonathan Swanson

Get to know your doctor with 7 quick questions

As a neonatologist, Jonathan Swanson, MD, loves the interactions with parents and families, as well as taking care of sick and premature infants. At UVA Children's, he is chief quality officer for children's services and the medical director for the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), where he works with the nurse leadership to oversee the day-to-day functions.

Meet a Charlottesville-Based Neonatologist

We asked Swanson our 7 quick questions.

1. What has most inspired and shaped your approach to patient care?

Jonathan Swanson, MD

There are 2 things that have most inspired and shaped how I take care of babies. One is the mentors that I've had and the way they interact with people. The second is really the parents themselves, who have inspired me to provide the best care possible in this challenging situation, as well as the love and thankfulness they have.

2. What's your favorite part of your job?

Working with families and seeing babies who have been with us for a number of weeks be able to go home is a very happy time.

3. What's your biggest fear when you're a patient?

Not being able to communicate well enough my desires to my care team.

4. What do you do for stress relief?

I love to go hiking, and I love to play all sorts of sports: softball, pickleball, racketball, and basketball.

High-Risk Pregnancy?

At UVA Health, our providers have the experience and expertise needed to help you and your baby stay as healthy as possible before, during, and after birth.

5. Dogs or cats?

Definitely a dog person.

6. What's the last movie you saw? Thumbs up or down?

Thor: Love and Thunder. It was okay.

7. What's the best advice you've ever heard?

When I was a medical student, one of our professors said, "Don't just do something; stand there and just look at the patient and listen to the patient."

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