Nicklaus Children’s Pediatric Specialists Associate Chief, Section of Orthopedic Surgery
Director, Sports Medicine
Dr. Swirsky is the Nicklaus Children’s Pediatric Specialists associate chief for the Section of Orthopedic Surgery, the director of Sports Medicine, a pediatric orthopedic surgeon within the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Orthopedic Surgery Program and a member of the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Medical Executive Committee. He is also a clinical assistant professor at Florida International University Herbert Wertheim School of Medicine and part of the clinical faculty at the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine.
Dr. Swirsky earned his medical degree from Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Lauderdale, and completed a residency in orthopedic surgery at the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine/Jackson Memorial Hospital, where he was chief resident in orthopedic surgery. He also holds a Master of Science degree in physical therapy from the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine, as well as a certificate in athletic training from the University of Florida in Gainesville. His clinical interests include sports medicine, rehabilitation, injury prevention, as well as minimally invasive and arthroscopic surgery. Dr. Swirsky specializes in cutting edge arthroscopic surgeries including growth plate sparing ACL surgery and minimally invasive open procedures for the knee, shoulder, ankle and elbow.
Dr. Swirsky is board certified in orthopedic surgery. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and a member of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, as well as the Arthroscopy Association of North America. Dr. Swirsky has participated in numerous research studies, published several peer-reviewed journals, and has lectured and presented on topics pertaining to orthopedics and rehabilitation. He has worked to develop injury prevention programs, as well as sophisticated post-operative and post-injury rehabilitation protocols.
Dr. Swirsky is currently the medical director of USA Judo and chairman of the Medical Commission for the International Judo Federation. He is a United States Olympic Committee physician and traveled with the U.S. delegation to the 2012 London and 2016 Rio Olympic games, in addition to the 2015 Pan American games in Toronto.
Locally, Dr. Swirsky has worked with the Florida Panthers hockey team, the U.S. Women’s National Divers, the Fort Lauderdale National Swimmers and Divers, the University of Miami and University of Florida football teams, and is the head team physician for Johnson and Wales University. Dr. Swirsky is very involved in many youth sports programs, volunteers his time with high school athletes in Miami-Dade County and also covers high school football games as the on-field physician. He cares for athletes at all levels from young children to professionals.
Dr. Swirsky is employed by Nicklaus Children’s Pediatric Specialists, the multispecialty group practice of Nicklaus Children’s Health System. He sees patients at the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital main campus, Nicklaus Children's Coconut Creek Care Center and Nicklaus Children's Miramar Outpatient Center.
As one of the largest and most comprehensive pediatric orthopedic practices in Florida, the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Orthopedic Surgery Program skillfully provides state-of-the-art and compassionate care for athletes of all levels. With the assistance of a dedicated support staff, our pediatric orthopedic surgeons perform over 1,500 surgical procedures each year. The department also conducts an additional 34,000 outpatient visits annually, including the management of more than 6,000 fracture cases and is world-renowned for its spinal surgery program.
Iobst, C.A., Spurdle, C., Baitner, A.C., King, W.F., Tidwell, M., Swirsky, S. (2014). A protocol for the management of pediatric type I open fractures.
Journal of children's orthopaedics,
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Francavilla ML1, Restrepo R, Zamora KW, Sarode V, Swirsky SM., Mintz, D. (2014). Meniscal pathology in children: differences and similarities with the adult meniscus.
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Iobst, C., King, W., Baitner, A., Tidwell, M., Swirsky, S., Skaggs, D.L. (2010). Access to care for children with fractures.
Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics,
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