Swann heads HLV, Solid Organ Transplant Services programs

By Lisa Ashley Warshaw

Carolyn Swann

Carolyn Swann has been named Associate Vice President for Heart, Lung, and Vascular, and Solid Organ Transplant Services at UT Southwestern University Hospitals and Clinics.

The appointment is a homecoming of sorts for Ms. Swann, a registered nurse who returns to UT Southwestern Medical Center after a six-year absence to build on the successes of the cardiovascular and transplant programs.

“It is a great honor to return to UT Southwestern where the possibilities are limitless,” Ms. Swann said. “I know that I have to work very hard to ensure that I not only meet, but exceed expectations.” 

From 2002 to 2006, Ms. Swann was Director of Cardiac Services at St. Paul University Hospital.  She played key roles in the establishment of the Heart, Lung, and Vascular Service and in the development of the nursing clinical ladder program.  

“Carolyn rejoins us at a critical point in our clinical transformation, as we intensify our efforts to provide the very best patient-centered care and put in place the processes and efficiencies that will help define us as a leading academic health system,” said Dr. John Warner, Vice President and Chief Executive Officer for UT Southwestern University Hospitals. 

When her family relocated to Galveston, Ms. Swann became the Director of Performance Improvement and Risk Management at Shriners Hospital for Children. She led quality-improvement and patient-satisfaction efforts there for an organization well-known for its commitment to family-centered quality care.  

Ms. Swann said she welcomes the opportunity to return to UT Southwestern.

 “I came back because we’re going to get to practice like we’ve always wanted to practice – the right way, where it is going to be all about the patient,” she said.


Dr. Warner holds the Jim and Norma Smith Distinguished Chair for Interventional Cardiology, and the Audre and Bernard Rapoport Chair in Cardiovascular Research.