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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 Out-Patient Total Hip and Knee replacement 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 Beacon Ambulatory Surgery Centers.

He has been honored as a Health Care Hero for Innovation by the Cincinnati Business Courier, Top Doctor with Cincy magazine for multiple years the most recent being 2022, 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, Ohio
1975 – 1979


Northwestern University

Department of Orthopedics


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

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

Private Practice

Beacon Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine
500 E Business Way, Sharonville, OH 45241
2019 - Present

Reconstructive Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, Inc.
8099 Cornell Rd.
Cincinnati, Ohio 45249

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

State Medical License




Board Certified

American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery: 1996

Recertification: 2005

Recertification: 2015

Hospital Appointments

None active

Medical Associations

American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

American Medical Association

Professional Appointments

President and Medical Director of Cincinnati Orthopaedic Research Institute

Medical Director of Beacon Orthopaedics Ambulatory Surgery Center


  • Cincinnati Top Doctors 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023:
  • Health Care Hero for Innovation by the Cincinnati Business Courier
  • Healthcare Award Winner by Venue Magazine
  • Meaningful Use Stage 1 Certification, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, 2012
  • Business Courier, Health Care Heroes: Innovator of the Year award winner 2008
  • Top MD, Consumers Checkbook
  • Best Clinical Poster CAOS International 2006 "Computer Assisted Orthopaedic Surgery With Ligament Balancing Technique Using An Internal Tension meter Lowers Manipulation Rate in Total Knee Replacement" M. Swank, L.Korbee

Orthopaedic Research

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