Margaret Swanberg


Department of Primary Appointment:
School of Medicine
Assistant Dean of Clinical Medicine
Location: Other Location
Research Interests:
Barriers to meaningful direct observation in undergraduate medical education
Emergence of neuropsychiatric symptoms in dementia


Washington & Jefferson College, B.A. 1986-1990
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, D.O. 1990-1994
Internship & Residency , Neurology Madigan Army Medical Center, 1994-1998
Fellowship, Dementia and Behavioral Neurosciences, UCLA, 2000-2002


Dr. Swanberg graduated from Washington & Jefferson College (magna cum laude) in 1990 and attended the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine on a 4 year Army Health Professions Scholarship. Upon completion of her undergraduate medical training in 1994, she was directly commissioned as a Captain in the United States Army and finished her internship and residency in Neurology at Madigan Army Medical Center.

During Dr. Swanberg's 22 year military career, she was stationed at Womack Army Medical Center from 1998-2000 and after finishing her fellowship training, she was assigned to Walter Reed Army Medical Center. During her time at WRAMC, she served as the Assistant Department Chair of Neurology, Associate Program Director, and stood up the first joint multidisciplinary memory disorders clinic. Her final assignment at WRNNMC was the Program Director of the NCC Adult Neurology Residency Program. Dr. Swanberg retired from the Army in 2016 at the rank of Colonel.

Dr. Swanberg has faculty appointments in the Departments of Neurology, Psychiatry, and Neuroscience and she served as the Neurology Clerkship Director, the Clinical Neurology Course Director for the Neuroscience module, and Co-Course Director for the Neurobiology of Disease Course in the Neuroscience program between 2015 and 2022. Dr. Swanberg accepted a position as the Assistant Dean of Clinical Medicine at Lincoln Memorial University in April 2022.

Dr. Swanberg had active clinical practices in the Dept of Neurology at both WRNMMC and at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital. She specializes in the diagnosis and management of patients with disorders of memory and cognition.

Her current research interests include the contextual and personal influences upon direct observation and identifying risk factors for the emergence of neuropsychiatric symptoms in dementia.

Career Highlights: Positions, Projects, Deployements, Awards and Additional Publications

USU Teaching with Technology Award, Co-recipient 2020

A.B. Baker Neurology Teacher Recognition Award, 2020

Dean, SOM USU Faculty Teaching Award, 2019

Dean, SOM Impact Award, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021

Legion of Merit, 2016

'A' Proficiency Designator awarded November 2010 by the United States Army Medical Command

Meritorious Service Medal awarded 2008, 2011

Battalion Surgeon, 47th FSB, 2BCT 1AD, FOB Hammer March-December 2008

Representative Bibliography

Swanberg MM, Woodson-Smith S, Pangaro L, Torre D, Maggio L. Factors and interactions influencing direct observation: a literature review guided by Activity Theory. Teaching and Learning in Medicine. 2021

Swanberg MM. Higher cortical dysfunction resembling corticobasal syndrome in two patients with Multiple Sclerosis. Annal Behav Neurosci 2018;1:1-6.

Swanberg MM. Alternative Approaches for the Treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease. J Parkinsons Dis Alzheimer Dis. 2016;3(2): 7.

Loh YL, Ingram MV, Newmark J, Swanberg MM. Case report: Long term cognitive sequelae of sarin exposure. J Neurotoxicology 2010;31:244-246.

Swanberg MM. Memantine for the behavioral disturbances in Frontotemporal dementia. J Alz Related Disord 2007;21(2):164-6.

Swanberg MM, Tractenberg RE, Thal LJ, Cummings JL. Executive dysfunction in Alzheimer’s disease and emergence of psychosis. Arch Neurol 2004;61:556-60.