John Swab, MD
California Pacific Orthoapedics welcomes a new fellow every August to the San Francisco Shoulder and Elbow Fellowship for highly specialized training in upper extremity surgical procedures. The fellowship includes one-on-one mentorship with Drs. James Kelly and Mark Schrumpf as well as extensive exposure to all aspects of shoulder and elbow surgery, including fracture management and sports medicine. This past year, we had the honor to work closely with Dr. John Swab.
Dr. Swab received his undergraduate degree in organismal biology from the University of Kansas in Lawrence and completed medical school at Oklahoma State University. Following medical school, Dr. Swab completed his five-year residency program at St. Luke’s Des Peres Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri.
“The best part of my training is the emphasis on shoulder arthroplasty and the exposure to complex shoulder issues related to this. Having the opportunity to routinely tackle some of the more complex situations in shoulder arthroplasty is invaluable for someone such as myself, who hopes to carve out a niche taking care of complex shoulder issues throughout my career,” Dr. Swab said.
The primary focus during Dr. Swab’s training consisted of shoulder treatments and surgery, but he says that he had the opportunity to briefly work with our other providers. “My favorite aspect of Cal Pac Ortho is the inviting and collegial atmosphere with Drs. Kelly and Schrumpf as well as the rest of the team in the practice. I often found myself getting another education on the ins and outs of private practice and being a part of a successful group like Cal Pac Ortho.”
Dr. Swab will continue to treat upper extremities at Northland Orthopedics in Missouri, focusing in shoulder and elbow surgery and sports medicine. He also says he and his family will miss the Bay Area very much. “The opportunity to train in an amazing city like San Francisco was a treat for my family and me. We enjoyed the year immensely and loved everything the bay area had to offer. I will look back with fond memories on my year there and I know that my success down the road will have been in large part to my time there.”
Although Dr. Swab will no longer be seeing patients at our office, the team here at Cal Pac Ortho truly wishes Dr. Swab and his family all the best of luck.