Gary W Swain

Gary W Swain, MD




Dr. Swain is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Neuroscience from Johns Hopkins University where he graduated as member of Phi Beta Kappa. Having obtained his medical degree from Harvard Medical School, he went on to receive his MBA from Yale University School of Management. He then completed a general surgery residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City.

With his clinical focus in general surgery, Dr. Swain is skilled in both laparoscopic and open surgery. Additionally, he is passionate about improving health care systems which would allow greater access to high quality surgical care to diverse underserved communities. Prior experiences, both domestically and abroad, have given him insight into the development of systems that would improve health care to these communities. During medical school, Dr. Swain treated patients in urgent care clinics in Costa Rica and Chile and conducted an analysis of Chilean and Costa Rican health care systems. He found an increase in the disparities in health care indicators with an increase in the privatization of health care systems. Additionally, he worked as a project manager at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. In this position, he worked with senior leadership to implement the Meaningful Use Program and he helped develop the proposal for Compass Care, a program to improve care coordination for the most high-risk children with complex medical needs. In recognition of his achievements and contributions, Harvard Medical School awarded Dr. Swain the prestigious Presidential Scholars Award and the Harvard Medical School Community Service Award for outstanding leadership in community outreach. He is also the recipient of the Harvard Multiculturalism Award for his efforts supporting diversity at Harvard. He looks forward to continuing to care for patients from diverse cultures while serving the Queens community.

In addition to his clinical interests, Dr. Swain’s research interests include health care operations decision-analytic modeling, simulation, queuing in hospital settings, cost effectiveness, and resource allocation. He plans to continue research in health care quality improvement and systems development with a goal of helping to improve both health care quality and access in underserved communities.

Clinical Focus


MD, Harvard Medical School

MBA, Yale University School of Management

MD, Harvard Medical School

Residency, Surgery (Gen), Mount Sinai School of Medicine

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