PCOM Adds New Member to Board of TrusteesNovember 14, 2022
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) has named William B. Swallow, DO '79, MS/FM '20, FACOFP; Captain, MC, USNR (ret.), to its Board of Trustees, effective November 9, 2022.
“The experience and depth of knowledge Dr. Swallow brings to his role on the board,
combined with his many years of loyal service as a PCOM alum, will help ensure the
College continues on a path of sustained success,” said Thomas J. Gravina, chairman, PCOM Board of Trustees. “We are very proud to welcome him to the Board.”
“As PCOM approaches its 125th anniversary, I look forward to taking on a new challenge
in my service to the College as a member of the Board of Trustees,” said Dr. Swallow.
“I am proud to join a group of exceptionally talented individuals in stewarding the
resources of the College for continued growth and prosperity.”
Dr. Swallow has practiced osteopathic family medicine for 42 years while embedding himself in community service in various capacities.
As a member of the United States Naval Reserve, he retired as a Captain in the Medical
Corps, having served as a medical officer in Operation Desert Storm working in a medical
ward and casualty receiving.
Dr. Swallow holds leadership positions in many medical organizations including chairman
of the Pennsylvania State Board of Osteopathic Medicine. He is a member of the executive
committee of the board of trustees and vice president of the Pennsylvania Osteopathic
Medical Association. He is also a longtime member of the American College of Osteopathic
Family Physicians, currently serving on the Federal Legislation and Advocacy Committee
and the Medical and Professional Ethics Committee. He is the past president of the
PCOM Alumni Association.
As a testament to his devotion and commitment to rural medicine, Dr. Swallow and his
wife, Elizabeth J. Swallow, established the William and Elizabeth Swallow Endowed
Fund for Rural Medicine at PCOM. The $500,000 fund is available to PCOM students completing
rural medicine rotations.
A native Pennsylvanian, Dr. Swallow grew up in the Lehigh Valley. He holds a bachelor's
and a master's degree in radiological physics from Bucknell University, and a doctor of osteopathic medicine degree and a master's degree in forensic medicine from PCOM.
Dr. Swallow was elected as the Alumni Representative member of the Board of Trustees
and will serve in his role through 2025.
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