Dr. Michael Lawson Swank
Hip & Knee Surgeon
Dr. Michael Swank is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon 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.
1983 - 1987
B. S., English and Psychology
Washington, D. C.
1979 - 1983
Honors College Preparatory
Saint Xavier University
1975 – 1979
Department of Orthopedics
Michael Schafer, M.D.
Spinal Reconstructive Surgery
Chester Sutterlin III, M.D.
Florida Fellowship in Reconstructive Spinal Surgery
Adult Reconstructive Surgery
Charles Engh, M.D.
Anderson Orthopaedic Institute
8099 Cornell Road
Cincinnati, OH 45249
2009 - Present
Freiberg Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine
Cincinnati, OH 45245
1994 – 2009
State Medical License
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery: 1996
Recertification: 2005 – 2016
The Christ Hospital
Bethesda North Hospital
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
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.
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- Recent Research
- Research Grants
- Oral Presentations
- Poster Exhibits
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