Bruce Swords, MD, PhD

Chief Physician Executive

Bruce Swords

Bruce Swords, MD, PhD, is Chief Physician Executive for Cone Health. He joined Cone Health as chief medical officer 2015. Swords collaborates with other physicians, leaders and care providers across Cone Health to further improve quality, safety and knowledge-driven, patient-centered care. 

Swords joined Cone Health in the primary care division of LeBauer HealthCare in 1996 and became chief of that division in 1999. He became vice president and chief medical information officer in 2009 and was instrumental in Cone Health’s successful move to an electronic health record. 

Swords earned his medical degree and PhD at the University of Alabama School of Medicine. He performed his residency at the Mayo Graduate School. Swords is board certified in internal medicine.

Swords has completed a Chief Medical Officer Fellowship with Health Management Academy. He was an inaugural graduate of the Physician Leadership Academy, Center for Creative Leadership, in 2013.

He is a past member of the board of directors of Advanced Home Care.