Sandra M. Swain, MD, FACP, is the medical director of the Washington Cancer Institute of MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C. She is a professor of medicine at Georgetown University and adjunct professor of medicine at F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine. She was previously the deputy branch chief of the Medicine Branch, Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institutes of Health (NIH), and was a tenured principal investigator. Dr. Swain was also the chief of the Breast Cancer Section, and chief of the Cancer Therapeutics Branch.
Dr. Swain's current research interests include translational research to identify novel and targeted therapeutics for metastatic and inflammatory breast cancer. She has a strong interest in the development of adjuvant therapy for breast cancer and the effect of chemotherapy on ovarian function. She is the chair of three international phase III randomized studies focused on adjuvant treatment of breast cancer. She was instrumental in the approval of dexrazoxane for Cardioprotection with anthracyclines for breast cancer treatment. She has published more than 200 journal and review articles and has been the featured speaker at hundreds of presentations regarding breast cancer and breast health, both domestically and internationally. She has received an NIH Challenge grant to study health disparities in African Americans in clinical trials. She has also received several Susan G. Komen for the Cure grants to study health disparities. For her work, she received the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Community Global Award of Distinction in 2012.
Dr. Swain was the recipient of the NCI's Mentor of Merit Award for two years as well as the National Institutes of Health Merit Award. She received the Claude Jacquillat Award for Clinical Cancer Research in 2012. Dr. Swain is the ASCO immediate past president for 2013-2014. She is a member of the board of directors for the MedStar Washington Hospital Center and the MedStar Washington Hospital Center Foundation. She has been an active member of the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project for over 20 years and is currently on the board of directors and is the vice-chair of the breast committee. She is a member of the American Association of Cancer Research as well as a board member of the Conquer Cancer Foundation.
After receiving a grant from the American Cancer Society, Dr. Swain, along with Dr. Barac and Lynce, teamed up to launch SAFE-HEaRt to test HER2-targeted therapy, a breast cancer treatment.