San Diego County

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MC 5120
San Diego, CA 92123




Rady Children's Specialists of San Diego

Medical Group / IPA


Medical School

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


University of South Florida College of Medicine


University of South Florida College of Medicine


Children's National Medical Center




Dr. Kelly Swords is a board-certified pediatric urologist at Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego.

After earning her medical degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Dr. Swords went on to complete a residency in urology at the University of South Florida. She then continued her medical education with a pediatric urology fellowship at Children's National Health System, where she was trained in pediatric urology robotic surgery.

Dr. Swords's clinical and research interests include the radiologic evaluation of the urinary tract, minimally invasive surgery and improving health information technology. She has presented at both regional, national, and international pediatric urology conferences. She was awarded the Society of Pediatric Presidential Citation in 2021 for her patient advocacy. She is passionate in her volunteerism in Africa, Asia, Europe, and South America providing patient care, and teaching urology both in the classroom and the operating room to local providers.

When not working, Dr. Swords enjoys running, yoga, traveling and cooking without recipes.


Editorial Comment.
Trask DC, Swords KA

Pyeloplasty with ureteral stent placement in children: Do prophylactic antibiotics serve a purpose?
Vidovic S, Hayes T, Fowke J, Cline JK, Cannon GM, Colaco MA, Swords KA, Cornwell LB, Villanueva C, Corbett ST, Maciolek K, Lambert SM, Beltran G, Vemulakonda VM, Giel DW

Children undergoing outpatient complex penile surgery and hypospadias repair may not require opioid analgesics.
Cornwell LB, Campbell PC, Ewing E, Swords KA

A multicenter study of acute testicular torsion in the time of COVID-19.
Holzman SA, Ahn JJ, Baker Z, Chuang KW, Copp HL, Davidson J, Davis-Dao CA, Ewing E, Ko J, Lee V, Macaraeg A, Nicassio L, Sadighian M, Stephany HA, Sturm R, Swords K, Wang P, Wehbi EJ, Khoury AE, Western Pediatric Urology Consortium (WPUC)

A survey and panel discussion of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on paediatric urological productivity, guideline adherence and provider stress.
O'Kelly F, Sparks S, Seideman C, Gargollo P, Granberg C, Ko J, Malhotra N, Hecht S, Swords K, Rowe C, Whittam B, Spinoit AF, Dudley A, Ellison J, Chu D, Routh J, Cannon G, Kokorowski P, Koyle M, Silay MS, APAUC (Academic Paediatric and Adolescent Urology Collaborative) and the YAU (Young Academic Urologists) Group

Cost analysis of removing pediatric ureteral stents with and without a retrieval string.
Le HK, Gleber R, Bush RA, Marietti S, Alagiri M, Chiang G, Swords K

Reducing Opioid Prescriptions in Outpatient Pediatric Urological Surgery.
Cardona-Grau D, Bush RA, Le HK, Huang J, Swords K, Marietti S, Alagiri M, Chiang G

Neonatal and early infancy management of prenatally detected hydronephrosis.
Swords KA, Peters CA

The "flowerpot" sign: inference of poor renal function in high grade vesicoureteral reflux by calyceal orientation.
Martin AD, Gupta K, Swords KA, Belman AB, Majd M, Rushton HG, Pohl HG

A preliminary report on the usage of an intracorporal antibiotic cast with synthetic high purity CaSO4 for the treatment of infected penile implant.
Swords K, Martinez DR, Lockhart JL, Carrion R

A novel “no-touch” robot-assisted laparoscopic technique facilitates ureteral reconstructive surgery.
Swords KA, Rodriguez AR, Rich MA, Swana HS

The impact of race on prostate cancer detection and choice of treatment in men undergoing a contemporary extended biopsy approach.
Swords K, Wallen EM, Pruthi RS

The impact of obesity on the diagnosis of prostate cancer using a modern extended biopsy scheme.
Pruthi RS, Swords K, Schultz H, Carson CC 3rd, Wallen EM

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