James Swift

James Swift

Academic Title

Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Department of Developmental and Surgical Sciences


General Practice Residency, Certificate Oklahoma Children's Memorial Hospital, 1981
Pre-dental education, BA, Cornell College, 1976
Other Education
Dentistry, Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS), University of Iowa, 1980 - Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Certificate, University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, 1985

Contact Info




Office Address

7-147 Moos Tower
515 Delaware St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Bio Statement

James Q. Swift, DDS, is Professor in the Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. He is a graduate of Cornell College, Mt. Vernon, IA, the University of Iowa College of Dentistry and completed a General Practice Residency at Oklahoma Children’s Memorial Hospital. He completed his oral and maxillofacial surgery residency training program at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.

He began his academic career as an assistant professor at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, in the College of Dentistry. He had teaching responsibilities with the dental students and the oral and maxillofacial surgery residents. He served on two cleft palate/craniofacial teams.

In 1989, Dr. Swift became Director of the Advanced Education Program in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Minnesota. He later became the Director of the Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. In 2005 he was promoted to Professor.

Dr. Swift is a former President of the American Dental Education Association and as well as former President of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

Dr. Swift received an RO1 award from the National Institute of Dental Research to study inflammatory mediators and pain and concentrated his area of research in pain and pain management. He also performed clinical research in the area of temporomandibular disorders and inflammatory mediators of the temporomandibular joint space. He has acted as principal investigator on implant research which included pre-market approval studies for a number of implant systems as well as basic science research on implants.

In 1997, Dr. Swift was named as a Fellow of the American College of Dentists and in 2002 was named as a Fellow of the International College of Dentists. In 1999, he and his colleagues received the Daniel M. Laskin Award for the most outstanding article published in the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery for 1998. In 2002 he was named the Century Club Outstanding Professor for the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. He was honored by the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Foundation with its Ambassador Service Award in 2004. In 2009 he received the Distinguished Service Award from the American Dental Education Association.

Dr. Swift practices full scope oral and maxillofacial surgery in the Twin Cities area.

Research Interests


Oral and maxillofacial surgery
Dental implant therapy
Pathology of the head and neck
Cancer reconstruction
Temporomandibular joint disease and procedures.


Temporomandibular joint disease inflammation and inflammatory response and pain response
Inflammatory mediators and neuropeptides

Research Projects

Research Diagnostic Criteria: Reliability and Validity (Co-Investigator) NIH/NIDCR, $4,092,602 7/1/01-5/31/07

Minnesota Craniofacial Research Training program (Founding Research Mentor) NIDCR, $5,416,797 8/5/02-6/30/07

NIDCR TMJ Implant Registry and Repository (Co-Investigator) NIH/NIDCR, $4,272,006 9/30/02-9/29/07

Use of the J-Block Allograft Implant for Alveolar Ridge Augmentation before Dental Implant Placement: A Clinical Trial (Principal Investigator) Dental Inc., $65,041 11/24/03-2/28/06

A Prospective, Multicenter Study of the Osseotite CertainTM Implant System in the Mandibular And Maxillary Regions (Principal Investigator) 3i Implant Innovations, $24,390 12/11/03-12/10/07

A Comparative Study of Tissue Ingrowth into Alloplastic and Allogenieic Implants and Autogenous Grafts in Dogs Using Nondecalcified Tissue Sections (Principal Investigator) U Oklahoma, $4,968 1986-1988

Evaluation of the Pharmacokinetic-Pharmacodynamic Relationship of Flurbiprofen after Adminstration of 50 mg or 200 mg to Oral Surgery Patients (Co-Investigator) Upjohn Inc., $11,200 1991

A Double Blind, Single Dose Study Comparing the Efficacy and Safety of SC2867 and Acetaminophen to Placebo in the Suppression of Post-Dental Surgical Pain by Pre-Operative Dosing (Co-Investigator) Searle, Inc., $14,000 1991-1992

Regulation of Bradykinin Release from the Inflamed Rabbit TMJ: Pilot Study (Principal Investigator) U Minn Grad School, $3,520 1990-1991

Peripheral Neuroendocrine Response to Surgery-Induced Inflammation (Co-Principal Investigator) U Minn Grad School, $15,000 1990-1991

Bradykinin Levels Following Scalpel Electrosurgery, and Laser Surgery in Rat (Principal Investigator) U Minn Clin Res Cntr, $2,000 1993-1994

Heat Generation in Hydroxylapatite Coated Implants Due to CO2 Lasing (Principal Investigator), UROP – U Minn OMS Research Fund(U Minn Fdn $1,313), $1,050 1993

Use of Microdialysis to Collect Inflammatory Mediators (Study 6) (Co-Principal Investigator) NIDR U MN Clin Res Cntr, $58,120 1992-1993

Inflammatory Mediators in TMJ Patients vs Normal (Co-Principal Investigator) U Minn Grad School, $9,500 1991-1992

Regulation of Bradykinin, Prostaglandin E2 and Leukotriene B4 Release from the Inflamed Rabbit TMJ (Principal Investigator) Am. Assoc. Oral & Maxillofac. Surg., $35,000 1991-1993

Student Research Training Award (Principal Investigator) OMFS, $12,000 1996

An Analysis of Peripheral Opiod Mechanisms (Principal Investigator) ASTRA, $54,000 1996

Minnesota Pain Research Training Program (Co-Investigator) NIH, $95,643 1996-1997

Crandomandibular Disorders: Long Term Outcome Study (Co-Investigator) NIH – NIDR, $350,000 1991-1996, $70,000 10/1/97-9/30/98

Oral Surgery and Initiation of Neurogenic Inflammation (Principal Investigator) NIH, $539,205 1994-1998

Resident Research Training Award (Principal Investigator) OMFS, $12,000 1996-98

Craniomandibular Disorders: Longterm Outcome Study (Medical Insurer) (Co-Investigator) HealthPartners, $35,000 1997-1998

Craniomandibular Disorders: Longterm Outcome Study (Medical Insurer) (Co-Investigator) Allina $35,000 1997-1998

A Study to evaluate the Efficacy and Safety of SUSTAIN Tm HA-BIOINTEGRATED Dental Implant System in Restoring the Completely Edentulous Arch, Part I and Part II (Principal Investigator) LifeCore Biomedical, $557,000 1991-2000

A Clinical Study to Evaluate the Safety and Effectiveness of IMTEC Corporation Hexed Cylindrical Dental Implant System (Principle Investigator) IMTEC Corp., $78,000 1994-1999

The Interfacial Biomechanics of Early Bone Loss Around Dental Implants (Co-Investigator) Whitaker Foundation, $200,472 1998-2001

Oral Surgery and Initiation of Neurogenic Inflammation Renewal (Principal Investigator) NIH, $598,469 1998-2004


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 Ortho 23:420-429, 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 Dent 72 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

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