Stephen Swensen was born in 1955 in Ames, Iowa/US. He received his M.D. from the University of Wisconsin in Madison in 1981. His residency training was at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Rochester, MN/US, and his Pulmonary Radiology Fellowship was at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School. In addition to his scientific education, Dr. Swensen received a Masters of Medical Management degree from Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz School of Public Policy and Management in 2004.
From 1986 to 1987 Dr. Swensen served as instructor of radiology at the Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts, before he moved to the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, where he is still working today. From 1989 to 1994 he was assistant professor of radiology. He then became associate professor of radiology, and finally in 1998 professor and chair of the department of radiology, a position he held until 2006 when he became the Mayo Clinic Director for Quality and Safety. He is a member of the Mayo Clinic Management Oversight Group and the Mayo Medical Ventures Executive Board. He has headed up three National Institutes of Health grants, worth more than $10 million, that have led to advancements in the early detection, understanding and treatment of cancers and lung disease.
Dr. Swensen has published more than 110 peer-reviewed articles, ten book chapters, and six books, most notably 'Thoracic Radiology: A Teaching File.' and of course 'High-Resolution CT of the Chest: Comprehensive Atlas.' He has been on the editorial boards of Mayo Clinic Proceedings, Academic Radiology, and RSNA News, and has been a reviewer for Chest, American Journal of Roentgenology, Journal of Bronchology, Journal of Thoracic Imaging, and Radiology.
He is a fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians and of the American College of Radiology, past president of the American Society of Clinic Radiologists and the Society of Thoracic Radiology, and the current president of the Fleischner Society.
In recognition of his outstanding accomplishments as teacher and researcher, in particular in the field of thoracic imaging, Dr. Swensen is invited as Inaugural Lecturer of the European Congress of Radiology and the European Association of Radiology. The lecture is entitled "Lessons from our European Motherlands: What we forgot on the boat trip across the Atlantic".