• Dr. Keith M. Swetz is a Professor of Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. He is Medical Director of UAB Medicine‚Äôs Supportive Care and Survivorship Clinic, and works as an attending physician at The Kirklin Clinic of UAB Hospital, The Kirklin Clinic at Acton Road, UAB Hospital, and at Birmingham VA Medical Center. He also serves at the Ambulatory Clinical Core Leader for the Division of Gerontology, Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, Department of Medicine at UAB.

    Dr. Swetz received his M.D. degree from the Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey, Pennsylvania. He completed his internal medicine residency at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota and a Hospice and Palliative Medicine fellowship at the Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. Dr. Swetz also earned a Master of Arts degree in Bioethics and Health Policy from Loyola University Chicago in 2012, and has a strong interest in integrating palliative care into the care of patients with heart failure and left ventricular assist devices.

    He has a passion for patient-centered, ethical decision making, particularly as it relates to advanced medical technologies like cardiac devices and hemodialysis. He has written over 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts and presented on these topics locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally.

    Dr. Swetz is happily married and he and his wife, Jessica, have four wonderful children.
  • Selected Publications


    Year Title Altmetric
    2020 Ethical issues and palliative care in the cardiovascular intensive care unit.  381-392. 2020
    2019 Palliative Care in Heart Failure.  559-570. 2019
    2016 Supportive and Palliative Care and Issues in Cardio-Oncology.  433-441. 2016
    2016 Medical Ethics 2016
    2013 Medical Ethics.  769-778. 2013

    Research Overview

  • Advance care planning
    Life-sustaining treatments
    Serious illness
  • Education And Training

  • Mayo Clinic, Rochester Center for Clinical and Translation Science, Other 2016
  • Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood Bioethics and Health Policy, Other 2012
  • Doctor of Medicine, Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education 2003
  • Bachelor of Science or Mathematics in Biochemistry, Albright College 1999
  • Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education, Internship 2004
  • Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education, Residency 2006
  • Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Residency 2006
  • Virginia Commonwealth University, Postdoctoral Fellowship 2008
  • Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center, Richmond, Postdoctoral Fellowship 2008
  • Full Name

  • Keith Swetz