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Rand S. Swenson, MD, PhD

Emeritus Professor of Medical Education
Emeritus Professor of Neurology

Medical Education

National University of the Health Sciences, BS 1975, DC 1976
Loyola University, PhD 1981
U. Illinois College of Medicine, MD 1989


Contact Information

Department of Medical Education
Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
HB 7100
Hanover NH 03755

Phone: 603-650-1157
Fax: 603-650-1637
Email: rand.s.swenson@dartmouth.edu

Assistant: Hillary Davis
Asst. Phone: 603-650-1678
Asst. Email: Hillary.R.Davis@dartmouth.edu

Professional Interests

Neuroanatomy; headache; evaluation and management of pain; complementary and alternative medical practice

Courses Taught

Neuroscience ND115;
Human Anatomy & Embryology 111 & 112;
Course Director, Cells, Tissues & Organs ANAT 113;
SBM Neurology Module.


Rand is currently Professor of Medical Education and Neurology at Geisel. His initial postgraduate training was as a chiropractor and acupuncturist at the National University of the Health Sciences in Lombard, Illinois. He subsequently did a PhD in neuroscience at Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine. After a postdoctoral fellowship in neurophysiology at Loyola and a several years doing neurophysiology research at the Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Gerontology in Japan, he completed an M.D. degree from the University of Illinois. Following a medical internship at Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, NY, he completed a neurology residency at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. He remained on staff in the Department of Neurology at DHMC as well as joining the faculty in the Department of Anatomy. He assumed the chair of the Department of Anatomy in 2007 and transitioned to chair of the Department of Medical Education in 2016. He has been course faculty and course director for several undergraduate medical courses as well as serving as the faculty lead for the Institutional Self-Study for the LCME accreditation process and as chair of the admissions committee. In addition to his faculty activities he has served on several NIH study sections and editorial boards and on the Neurology & Neuroscience Task Force of the National Board of Medical Examiners. He has published more than 75 articles and book chapters in the fields of pain, alternative medical practice, anatomy and neurology.

Selected Publications


  • Swenson RS, Haldeman S. Spinal manipulative therapies for low back disorders. J Am Acad Ortho Surg, 11:228-37. 2003.

  • Swenson RS. Therapeutic Modalities in the management of “nonspecific” neck pain. Phys Med Rehab Clin NA, 14:605-27, 2003.

  • Swenson RS. Chapter 18: Neurodiagnostic approaches to the evaluation of low back syndromes. In: Morris, C. ed., Low Back Syndromes. McGraw-Hill, 2005.

  • Swenson RS. Review of clinical and functional neuroscience. In: Holmes GL, ed., Educational Review Manual in Neurology. Castle Connolly Graduate Medical Publishing, Ltd (New York), 2006.

  • Weeks WB, Tosteson TD, Whedon JM, Leininger B, Lurie JD, Swenson RS, Goertz CM, O'Malley AJ. Comparing Propensity Score Methods for Creating Comparable Cohorts of Chiropractic Users and Nonusers in Older, Multiply Comorbid Medicare Patients With Chronic Low Back Pain. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2015 Nov-Dec;38(9):620-8

  • Weeks WB, Leininger B, Whedon JM, Lurie JD, Tosteson TD, Swenson RS, O'Malley AJ, Goertz CM. The Association Between Use of Chiropractic Care and Costs of Care Among Older Medicare Patients With Chronic Low Back Pain and Multiple Comorbidities. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2016 Feb;39(2):63-75.

  • Swenson RS, Snow NJ & Catlin B Chapter 7. Vascular Anatomy of the Upper Limb. In: Dieter, et al. Critical Limb Ischemia. Switzerland, Springer, 2017, p 45-56.

  • Swenson RS, Snow NJ & Catlin B Chapter 8. Vascular Anatomy of the Lower Limb. In: Dieter, et al. Critical Limb Ischemia. Switzerland, Springer, 2017, P 57-70

  • Swenson RS & Gulledge A Chapter 8. The Vestibular System. In: Conn’s Translational Neuroscience. Philadelphia, Elsevier; 2017, p 167-183

  • Swenson RS & Gulledge A Chapter 12. The Cerebral Cortex. In: Conn’s Translational Neuroscience. Philadelphia, Elsevier; 2017, p 263-288