Jonathan O. Swanson M.D.

Jonathan O. Swanson M.D.

Specialties and Expertise

Pediatric Radiology, Radiology & Imaging


Radiology and Imaging Services




Primary Location

Radiology/Imaging Services at UWMC

1959 NE Pacific St.
Seattle, WA 98195
Phone: 206.598.7200|Map It 


Dr. Swanson is a pediatric radiologist at Seattle Children's Hospital and a UW assistant professor of radiology. In addition to general pediatric radiology, he is also an expert in pediatric thoracic imaging.

He conducts research on improving pediatric thoracic imaging, applying low-dose CT techniques to meet specialty-specific imaging needs and developing strategies to train midwives in third-world countries to efficiently and accurately use limited obstetric ultrasound to improve pregnancy outcomes.

Dr. Swanson earned his bachelor's degree from Duke University and his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Medicine. After completing his internship at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, WA, he came to University of Washington as a resident in radiology and stayed to complete his fellowship in pediatric radiology.

Dr. Swanson has been on faculty as a pediatric radiologist for the last 5 years. He remains active in residency education as the deputy program director of the diagnostic radiology residency at UW. He also is leads the diagnostic imaging section at Seattle Children's Hospital, working with radiologists and technologists to aim for lowering dose without lowering the diagnostic accuracy of our imaging.

Dr. Swanson is board certified in diagnostic radiology with a subspecialty certification in pediatric radiology.

Patient Care Philosophy

As a radiologist, I work to keep open lines of communication with the ordering physicians, as well as, with the patients we are imaging so that I can best answer the clinical question driving the need for imaging.

Personal Interests

Tennis, running and basketball.

Clinical Interests

Clinical interest in pediatric thoracic imaging, low-dose imaging and general pediatric imaging.

Research Interests

His research interests include portable maternal ultrasound use in third world countries, physician wellness and practical low-dose imaging.


UW - Dept. of Pediatric Diagnostic RadiologyFellowshipPediatric Radiology2009
UW - Dept. of RadiologyResidencyRadiology2008
Virginia Mason Medical CenterInternshipInternal Medicine2004
Univ. of Pennsylvania School of MedicineMedical education2003


Board Certifications

American Board of RadiologyPediatric Radiology2012
American Board of RadiologyDiagnostic Radiology2008
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