Howard J. Swidler, M.D., F.A.C.E.P.

The services provided by Dr. Swidler benefit from prior experience that include a high-level set of administrative, clinical and consultative positions.  Dr. Swidler functioned as the Chief of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Warren Hospital for over 20 years.  Dr. Swidler served as Vice President for Coding and Compliance and Medical Director for Summit Healthcare Services for nearly 8 years. During that time he also provided consulting services and physician education to both Summit Healthcare clients and the Emergency Medicine Community at large. In 2008, Summit was acquired by MedData and Dr Swidler worked as a Co-medical director to assist in the transition leaving the organization in 2009. He also remained actively engaged in providing medical care aboard Holland America cruise ships and ED services on a locum tenens basis.

Dr. Swidler has a unique and broad base of experience. He has practiced clinically in a multitude of settings, including small rural ED's, mid-volume community ED's , cruise ships, and large trauma centers. He has been involved in quality assurance work, chart reviews, billing audits, physician education, and general departmental consultation and assistance to numerous client Emergency Departments of all sizes. This is especially valuable to clients in need of administrative assistance and for legal reviews related to expert services. 

Dr. Swidler attended the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy and then the University of Arizona College of Medicine. He is Board Certified by both the American Board of Emergency Medicine and the American Board of Family Medicine.

After graduation from medical school, he trained at the Family Practice Residency in Salinas California. The program was one of two programs affiliated with University of California, San Francisco, specially designed to train doctors for rural practice. The training included a very broad range of procedures and practice to allow a doctor to practice in an area without the range of specialty back-up normally found at most hospitals. He also began practicing emergency medicine during his residency.

He practiced for two years in a very rural Maine community before returning to his home state of New Jersey. He became the Director of the Warren Hospital Emergency Department in 1985 and continued in that role during his over twenty-year tenure at Warren Hospital.

Along with his professional duties, Dr. Swidler was an active volunteer in the American Heart Association for nearly 25 years. Part of the early core of teachers in the USA, he became an advocate and teacher of Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS). This course teaches doctors, nurses and paramedics the initial care of patients experiencing cardiac arrest and other severe life-threatening conditions. Under his direction, Warren Hospital became one of the first Hospitals in the State of New Jersey to offer ACLS training. Later the American Heart Association developed a similar course for the care of children called Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS). Dr. Swidler was one of the original teachers of this in New Jersey and again Warren Hospital became one of the first hospitals to offer PALS training. Dr. Swidler was recognized for his high quality teaching and organizational skill and appointed as the New Jersey ACLS national faculty and later to the internaltional faculty. In 1999 when the Heart Association rolled out its new ACLS for Experienced Providers, Dr. Swidler was appointed the Northeast Chair, taking responsibility for training instructors throughout the Northeast region.

As an international volunteer for the American Heart Association, he was responsible for setting up programs teaching ACLS and PALS in Thailand in 2000 and ACLS in Japan over the years 2001-2004. In 2003, after Dr. Swidler's  first visit to Japan, ten of Japans leading physicians in Emergency medicine, cardiology and critical care, came to Warren Hospital to be trained as ACLS and BLS (basic life support) instructors under Dr. Swidler's direction. They subsequently returned to Japan and are now operating a very successful international training organization.

Dr. Swidler's extensive involvement and rise through the ranks of the AHA is in large part related to his his skills as a premier teacher, educator and team leader. He was awarded the AHA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005.

In 2008, Dr Swidler was appointed to ACEP's National Reimbursement Committee, and in 2010, to the National Coding and Nomenclature Committee. He continues to serve on both committees. He is currently the chair of the Health Reform Workgroup. 

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