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Dr. Michael Lawson Swank

Dr. Michael Lawson Swank

Hip & Knee Surgeon

Dr. Michael Swank is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon with Beacon Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine who specializes in hip and knee surgery. After completing medicine as well as his residency from Northwestern University in Chicago. IL, he went on to receive fellowships in both Adult Reconstructive Surgery and Reconstructive Spinal Surgery.

Dr. Swank is a pioneer in minimally-invasive computer and robotic assisted hip and knee surgery. He is appointed President and Medical Director of Cincinnati Orthopaedic Research Institute as well as Medical Director of Musculoskeletal Research, Joint Preservation, Restoration and Reconstruction at The Christ Hospital.

He is affiliated to The Christ Hospital, Jewish Hospital and Bethesda North Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio. He has been honored as a Health Care Hero for Innovation by the Cincinnati Business Courier and as a Healthcare Award Winner by Venue magazine.


Medical School
Northwestern University
Chicago, IL
1983 - 1987

B. S., English and Psychology
Georgetown University
Washington, D. C.
1979 - 1983

Honors College Preparatory
Saint Xavier University
Cincinnati, OH
1975 – 1979


Northwestern University

Department of Orthopedics
Michael Schafer, M.D.
Chicago, IL


Spinal Reconstructive Surgery
Chester Sutterlin III, M.D.
Florida Fellowship in Reconstructive Spinal Surgery
Gainesville, FL

Adult Reconstructive Surgery
Charles Engh, M.D.
Anderson Orthopaedic Institute
Arlington, VA

Private Practice

Beacon Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine
500 E Business Way, Sharonville, OH 45241
2009 - Present

Freiberg Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine
Cincinnati, OH 45245
1994 – 2009

State Medical License





Board Certified

American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery: 1996

Recertification: 2005 – 2016

Hospital Appointments

The Christ Hospital
Cincinnati, OH

Jewish Hospital
Cincinnati, OH

Bethesda North Hospital
Cincinnati, OH

Medical Associations

Medical Associations Academy of Medicine of Cincinnati

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

American Medical Association

Cincinnati Orthopaedics Society

International Society for Computer Assisted Orthopaedic Surgery

International Society for Technology in Arthroplasty

Mid-American Orthopaedic Association

Ohio State Medical Association

Ohio Orthopaedic Society

Professional Appointments

President and Medical Director of Cincinnati Orthopaedic Research Institute Medical Director of Musculoskeletal Research, Joint Preservation, Restoration and Reconstruction at The Christ Hospital

Chapters in Text Books

Transition Zone Failure in Patients Undergoing Instrumented Lumbar Fusions From L1 or L2 To The Sacrum. M. L. Swank, Miller, L. Korbee. Innovations in Spinal Reconstruction, Chapter XX. Lewardrowski, K.U. Editor, Marcel Dekker, New York, New York. February, 2007.

Multi-level Cervical Decompression and Reconstruction. M. L. Swank. Advances in Spinal Fusion. Ch. 49. Lewardrowski, K.U., Editor, Marcel Dekker, New York, New York. November, 2003.

Orthopaedic Research

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Honors and Awards

  • Cincinnati Business Couriers Healthcare Heroes: “Innovator of the Year” February 26, 2008.
  • Best Clinical Poster CAOS International 2006 “Computer Assisted Orthopaedic Surgery with Ligament Balancing Technique Using an Internal Tensionometer Lowers Manipulation Rate in Total Knee Replacement.” ML Swank, MD; L Korbee.
  • Cincinnati Magazine’s selection as one of the area’s Top Doctors Nov 2008
  • Cincinnati Magazine Top Doctors: “The Best Specialists in the Tri-State”. Cover Story, November 2004.
  • Health Care Hero Awards: Innovator of the Year February 2008 Business Courier, February 26, 2008