James Q. Swift, DDS



Office Address

7-174C Moos Tower
515 Delaware St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
United States


Professor, Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery


Oklahoma Children's Memorial Hospital (GPR), 1981
DDS, University of Iowa, 1980
BA, Cornell College (Pre-dental Education), 1976
Certificate, University of Oklahoma College of Medicine (Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery), 1985

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Dr. James Q. Swift is a tenured Professor and was Director of the Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry for 25 years. He recently served as the Program Director of the Advanced Education Program in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery for the second time in his tenure there. He also recently served as Acting Dean in regards to promotion and tenure matters. He continues to practice full scope of OMS while training OMS residents. He was named the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry Century Club Professor of the Year in 2001. Dr. Swift has authored over 100 manuscripts, articles, abstracts and book chapters. He has procured funding from the NIH/NIDCR as a Principal Investigator, securing RO1 support for his scientific work. The James Q. Swift Professorship Endowment was founded and funded at the University of Minnesota in 2016. Dr. Swift received his Bachelor’s of Arts degree (cum laude) from Cornell College, Mt. Vernon, IA in 1976. He received his dental degree from the University of Iowa in 1980 and his oral and maxillofacial surgery training from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, completing his program in 1985. He was faculty for 4 years at the University of Oklahoma before being recruited by the University of Minnesota. He is also a practicing oral and maxillofacial surgeon at the University of Minnesota. He served the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery as President in 2005, as a Director for 6 years and as a member of the Examination Committee for 6 years. He served the American Dental Education Association as President in 2007-2008 and on the Board of Directors from 2002-2008. Dr. Swift served as a Director of the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Foundation (OMSF) from 2009-2012. Dr. Swift is a member of the Medical Professional Liability Association (MPL Association), formerly Physicians Insurance Association of America (PIAA), and completed the PIAA Fellows Program in 2015. He was elected to the PIAA Board of Directors in 2015 and elected as its Secretary in 2016. He was elected MPL Association Vice Chair in 2018, and is slated to become Chair in 2020. He serves on several MPL Association committees including the Executive Committee. He has served the AAOMS on numerous committees including service as an officer and Chair of the Faculty Section. He received the AAOMS’s Daniel M. Laskin Award for the most outstanding Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery article published in 1998. He was OMSF’s Ambassador Service Award recipient in 2004. In 2011, Dr. Swift received the AAOMS/William J. Gies Foundation Gies Award for oral and maxillofacial surgery. He was given the ADEA Distinguished Service Award in 2009. He received the AAOMS’ R.V. Walker Distinguished Service Award in 2015. Dr. Swift was recently named the 2019 Guest of Honor at the Minneapolis District Dental Society in recognition of his contributions to organized dentistry and was selected as the Minnesota Dental Association Guest of Honor for the 2020 MDA Star of the North Annual Session. He is a Fellow of the International College of Dentists, the American College of Dentists and the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Swift was elected as a Member of the Board for the Gorlin Syndrome Alliance in 2020 and serves on committees of the GSA. Dr. Swift has served on the OMSNIC Claims Committee for over 20 years. Dr. Swift has been a Director of OMSNIC since 2006, served as Vice Chair from 2011 to 2013 and as Chair since 2014. He has been a Fortress Insurance Company Director since 2014 and became Chair of the Fortress Board in 2016. He has also served as a Director and Chair of the Board of The River Agency since 2015.

Awards & Recognition

  • Class Representative, American Association of Dental Schools, Council of Students, Iowa Chapter 1976-1980
  • Named to "Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities" 1976,1979,1980
  • Class Representative, Iowa Student Dental Association 1977-1980
  • National Delegate, American Student Dental Association, Chicago, Illinois 1978-1979
  • Dental Delegate, Health Interdisciplinary Association Iowa Meeting, Washington, D.C. 1979
  • Iowa Delegate, International Association of Dental Students, Freiburg, West Germany 1979
  • University of Iowa College of Dentistry, Dean's Leadership Award 1979-1980
  • Selected and participated as dental exchange student at Royal College of Dentistry in Århus, Denmark 09/79-01/80
  • Superior Didactic Instructor Award, Given by the Class of 1988, Oklahoma University College of Dentistry 1988
  • Selected by Senior class students to deliver Commencement Address to Senior Class, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, Minneapolis, MN 1991
  • Member, Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honor Society 1993
  • Faculty Advisor to AADR Caulk/Dentsply competition finalist (Mr. Jason Jenny) 1993
  • Fellow, American College of Dentists 1997
  • Daniel M. Laskin Award, most outstanding article published in the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in 1998 1999
  • Selected to be part of the "Top Dentists Survey" for Mpls St. Paul Magazine 2000
  • Distinguished Lecturer, Minnesota Dental Association 2000
  • Invited Guest Lecturer, Fourth Annual Robert Allen Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Lecture in conjunction with Midwest Dental Conference, Kansas City, Missouri March 1997
  • Invited Guest Lecturer, The James E. Skaggs Lectureship, Louisville, KY November 2001
  • Century Club Professor, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry April 2002
  • Elected Fellow of the International College of Dentists 2002
  • Invited Guest Lecturer, Francis J. Reichman Lecture, University of Oklahoma School of Dentistry February 2003
  • Selected by Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Foundation Board of Directors for the recipient of The Ambassador Service Award. This award is only presented when deemed appropriate and is given to a leader amongst OMSF Ambassadors who have shown outstanding service to the Foundation 2004
  • Minnesota Dental Association Certificate of Appreciation – Distinguished Lecturer 2006
  • American Dental Education Association Distinguished Service Award 2009



Refereed Journal Publications

Kirkpatrick, T., Woods, M.G, Swift, J.Q., Markowitz, N. Skeletal Stability Following Mandibular Advancement and Rigid Fixation. J. of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45:572-576, 1987.

2. Woods, M.G., Swift, J.Q., Markowitz, N.R. Clinical Implications of Advances in Orthognathic Surgery. J. of Clin Ortho23:420-429, 1989.

Baker, W.R., Swift, J.Q. Ameloblastic Fibro-odontoma of the Anterior Maxilla. Oral Surg, Oral Med, Oral Path 76:294-297, 1993.

Swift, J.Q., Hargreaves, K.M. Pentazocine Analgesia: Is There a Niche for Talwin Nx? Compend Cont Ed Dent 14:1048-1060, 1993.

Swift, J.Q., Garry, M.G., Roszkowski, M.T., Hargreaves, K.M. Effect of Flurbiprofenon Tissue Levels of Immunoreactive Bradykinin and Acute Post-Operative Pain. J. Oral & Maxillofacial Surg 51:112-116, 1993.

Hargreaves, K.M., Roszkowski, M.T., Swift, J.Q. Bradykinin and Inflammatory Pain. Agents and Actions Vol. 41:65-73, 1993.

Hargreaves, K.M., Swift, J.Q., Roszkowski, M.T., Bowles, W.R., Garry, M.G., Jackson, D.L. Pharmacology of Peripheral Neuropeptide and Inflammatory Mediator Release. Oral Surg, Oral Med, Oral Path 78:503-510, 1994 .

Bacsik, C., Swift, J.Q. Toxic Systemic Reaction of Bupivacaine and Etidocaine. Oral Surg, Oral Med, Oral Path 79:18-23, 1995.

Swift, J.Q., Jenny, J., Hargreaves, K.M. Heat Generation in Hydroxyapatite Coated Implants as a Result of CO2 Laser Application. Oral Surg, Oral Med, Oral Path 79:410-415, 1995

Stoll C, Baretton G, Winter W, Swift JQ. An Asymptomatic Enlargement of the Mandible Causing Marked Root Resorption. J. Oral & Maxillofacial Surg 55:740-746, 1997.

Roszkowski MT, Swift JQ, Hargreaves KM. Effect of NSAID administration on tissue levels of immunoreactive prostaglandin E2, leukotriene B4 and (S)-flurbiprofen following extraction of impacted third molars. PAIN 73(1997)339-345.

Swift JQ, Roszkowski MT, Alton TA, Hargreaves KM. Effect of Intraarticular Versus Systemic Antiinflammatory Drugs in a Rabbit Model of TMJ Inflammation. J. Oral & Maxillofacial Surg 56:1288-1295, 1998

Swift JQ, Roszkowski MT. The Use of Opioid Drugs in Management of Chronic Orofacial Pain. J. Oral & Maxillofacial Surg 56:1081-1085, 1998 (Selected for Publication in the 1999 Year Book of Dentistry published by Mosby-Year Book, Inc.)

Swift JQ. Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs and Opioids: Safety and Usage Concerns in the Differential Treatment of Postoperative Orofacial Pain. J. Oral & Maxillofacial Surg 58:8-11, 2000, Suppl 2

Stecker S, Swift JQ. A Comparison of the Effectiveness of a Mucoadhesive Patch to a Conventional Topical Anesthetic for Gingival Anesthesia in Children. Anesthesia Progress, Vol 49 No. 1, pages 3-8, Winter 2002

Ko C, Swift JQ. An intra-oral hydraulic system for controlled loading of dental implants. Journal of Biomechanics, 35 (2002) 863-869

Fricton JR, Look JO, Schiffman E, Swift JQ. Long-Term Study of TMJ Surgery With Alloplastic Implants Compared With Non-Implant Surgery and Non-Surgical Rehabilitation For Painful TMJ Disc Displacement, JOMS, Vol 60, no. 12 (2002) pp 1400-1411

Swift JQ, Gulden WS. Antibiotic therapy – Managing Odontogenic Infections, The Dental Clinics of North America, 46:4 Oct (2002) 623-633

Ko CC, Douglas WH, DeLong R, Rohrer MD, Swift JQ, Hodges JS, An K-N, Ritman EL. Effects of Implant Healing Time on Crestal Bone Loss of A Controlled-Load Dental Implant, JDR, 82(8):585-591 2003

Rake A, Rake S, Swift JQ, Schubert W. A Single Reformatted Oblique Sagittal View as an Adjunct to Coronal CT for the Evaluation of Orbital Floor Fractures, JOMS, May 2003

Kim U, Chung I, Lee K, Swift J, Seong W, Ko C. Bone Regeneration in Mandibular Distraction Osteogenesis Combined with Compression Stimulation, JOMS, 64(10):1498-1505, 2006

Schiffman EL, Look JO, Hodges JS, Swift JQ, Decker KL, Hathaway KM, Templeton RB, Fricton JR. Randomized Effectiveness Study of Four Therapeutic Strategies for TMJ Closed Lock, J Dent Res. 2007 Jan:86(1):58-63

Ryan J, Jureidini B, Hodges J, Baisden M, Swift J, Bowles W. Gender Differences in Analgesia for Endodontic Pain,JOE, Volume 34, Number 5, pp. 552 – 556, May 2008

Ferreira J, Ko CC, Myers S, Swift JQ, Fricton JR, Evaluation of Surgically Retrieved Temporomandibular Joint Alloplastic Implants: Pilot Study, JOMS 66:1112-1124, 2008

Alonso A, Kaimal S, Look J, Swift J, Fricton J, Myers S, Kehl L. A Quantitative Evaluation of Inflammatory Cells in Human Temporomandibular Joint Tissues from Patients with and without Implants, JOMS, April 2009, pp 788-796

Herman CR, Swift JQ, Schiffman EL. Pigmented Villonodular Synovitis of the Temporomandibular Joint with Intracranial Extension: A Case and Literature Review, Int JOMS, Accepted February 2009

Seong W, Kim U, Swift J, Hodges J, Ko C. Correlations Between Physical Properties of Jawbone and Dental Implant Initial Stability, JPD, accepted February 2009

Mercuri LM, Swift JQ. Controversy: Considerations for the Use of Alloplastic Temporomandibular Joint Replacement in the Growing Patient. JOMS, to be published August 2009

Thumbigere-Math V, Sabino M, Basi D, Huckaby S, Dudek AZ, Basu S, Hughes PJ, Michalowicz, Leach J, Swenson KK, Swift JQ, Gopalakrishnan R. Bisphosphonate-Associated Osteonecrosis of the Jaw: Clinical features, risk factors, and treatment outcomes. JOMS: accepted for publication.

Non-refereed Journal Publications

Hargreaves, K.M., Swift, J.Q. Mechanisms and Management of Pain Due to Inflammation. NW Dent 70:47-50, 1991.

Swift, J.Q. How to Handle Office Emergencies; Training is the Most Important Element. Dent Teamwork Vol. 4, No. 3:30-32, 1991.

Swift, J.Q., Millington, M.D., Roszkowski, M.J. Iatrogenic Trigeminal Nerve Injury: Diagnosis and Treatment. NW Dent72 No. 6:19-24, 1993.

Swift JQ. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Sjogren’s Syndrome. Sjogren’s Chronicle (Twin Cities Chapter), Vol 6:1 Winter 1998

Swift JQ. Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs and Opioids: Safety and Usage Concerns in the Differential Treatment of Postoperative Orofacial Pain. J. Oral & Maxillofacial Surg 58:8-11, 2000, Suppl 2 (Quoted in Current Awareness in Biomedicine: Neuropeptides, 2000)

Swift JQ. Dental Training in the United States. surgeonsnews, Vol 3 issue 2, April 2004

Swift JQ. My View of Ethics, Integrity and Professionalism in Dental Education. ASDA The Central Groove, Vol 1 Issue 1, Fall 2007

Van Sickels J, Cunningham Jr L, Swift J – Discussion Leaders. A Case of Symphysis Fracture with Bilateral Condyles: The Debate. AODialogue, Vol 3:07, p 22-25, 2007

Swift JQ. “President-elect’s Address”. Journal of Dental Education, 2007 71:858-860

The International Federation of Dental Educators and Association “Lessons Learned and Challenges Posed by the Global Congress on Dental Education III”, Dublin IRELAND, as President of ADEA spoke on the following Topic: Leadership, Governance and Management in Dental Education – New Societal Challenges, http://www.ifdea.org/gkc/Pages/GlobalCongressonDentalEducationIII.aspx

Swift JQ. Change and Innovation in Dental Education (Letter to the Editor). Triple OOO, May 2008, p. 547-548.

“White Paper on Third Molar Data” – http://www.aaoms.org/docs/third_molar_white_paper.pdf. task force member, summary on JOMS website, 2008

Swift JQ. “President’s Address”. Journal of Dental Education, July 2008/Vol.72/No.7, pp 756-757.

Hughes PJ, Ross K, Swift JQ. Periodontal and Microbiology Considerations in 3rd Molars. Selected Readings in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Accepted March 2009.

Book Chapters

Swift, J.Q., (Chapter Editor), Injuries of the Face and Throat. in: Emergency Care and Transportation of the Sick and Injured, Fifth Edition, Park Ridge, Il; American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, 1992, pp. 332-334.

Swift, J. Q. Isolated Zygoma Fractures. in: Atlas of the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Clinics of North America - Midfacial Trauma I W.B. Saunders Company, Philadelphia, PA, Vol. 1, No.2, pp 71-83, 1993.

Swift, J.Q. Mandibular Advancement. in:Atlas of the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Clinics of North America - Internal Fixation in Orthognathic Surgery, Van Sickels, J.E. (Guest ed), W. B. Saunders Company, Philadelphia, PA, Vol. 1, No. 1, pp 17-27, 1993.

Hargreaves, K.M., Roszkowski, M.T., Jackson, D.L., Swift, J.Q. Orofacial Pain: Peripheral Mechanisms. Orofacial Pain and Temporomandibular Disorders by J. Fricton and R. Dubner (eds), Raven Press, NY, 1995.

Hargreaves, K.M., Roszkowski, M.T., Jackson, D.L., Bowles, W., Richardson, J.D., Swift, J.Q. Neuroendocrine and Immune Responses to Injury, Degeneration, and Repair. Temporomandibular Disorders and Related Pain Conditions, Progress in Pain Research and Management, Vol. 4, edited by B.J.Sessle, P.S. Bryant, and R.A. Dionne, IASP Press, Seattle, 1995

Hargreaves, K.M., Swift, J.Q., Gordon, S.M., Dionne, R.A., Orofacial Inflammation and Pain. Anesthesia: Biologic Foundations, edited by Biebuyck et. al., Lippincott-Raven Publishers, Philadelphia, 1998

Swift, JQ. Resorbable Membranes. Dental Implant Assisting Surgical Assisting Skills Series Published by American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, 2000

Sandler NA, Swift JQ. Geriatric Considerations. Medical Emergencies in the Dental Office, edited by Bennett J, Shafer D, Haas D., W.B. Saunders, 2001

Swift J, Treatment Planning for Implant Surgery. Clinician's Manual of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, 3rd edition, edited by Kwon H, Laskin D. Quintessence Publishing Co., 2001

Wills L, Swift JQ, Moller K, Craniofacial Syndromes and Sleep Disorders. Encyclopedia of Sleep Medicine, edited by T. Lee-Chiong, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 2006

Sabino MA, Swift JQ, Chronic Facial Pain: Evaluation, Differential Diagnosis, and Management Strategies in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery 2nd edition, edited by Fonseca, Elsevier, pp 961-978; 2009

Swift, JQ. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery: Management of the Alveolar Cleft and Jaw Discrepancies. In KT Moller & LE Glaze eds. Cleft Palate: Interdisciplinary Issues and Treatment For Clinicians By Clinicians. ProEd Inc. Austin TX, 2nd Edition, pp 573-600; 2009


Board Certifications

American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 1987