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Shanna Swan

  • PROFESSOR Preventive Medicine
  • PROFESSOR Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science
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    Dr. Swan has worked for over twenty-five years to understand the threats posed by chemicals to our environment and our health, and, when necessary, to develop new paradigms to assess their risks. Of most concern to  Dr. Swan are the chemicals that our bodies can confuse with its own hormones (the “endocrine disrupting” chemicals). At the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Dept of Preventive Medicine, Dr. Swan is working with a wide range of collaborators, including epidemiologists, biostatisticians, toxicologists, geneticists and systems biologists, to conduct studies and develop methods to evaluate the risks from such chemicals — methods that are sensitive enough to tease out the often subtle health effects of complex mixtures.


Swan SH. Environmental phthalate exposure and the odds of preterm birth: an important contribution to environmental reproductive epidemiology. JAMA pediatrics 2014 Jan; 168(1): 14-5.

Barrett ES, Parlett LE, Redmon JB, Swan SH. Evidence for sexually dimorphic associations between maternal characteristics and anogenital distance, a marker of reproductive development. American journal of epidemiology 2014 Jan; 179(1): 57-66.

Sathyanarayana S, Barrett E, Butts S, Wang C, Swan SH. Phthalate exposure and reproductive hormone concentrations in pregnancy. Reproduction (Cambridge, England) 2014 Mar; 147(4): 401-9.

Barrett ES, Redmon JB, Wang C, Sparks A, Swan SH. Exposure to prenatal life events stress is associated with masculinized play behavior in girls. Neurotoxicology 2014 Mar; 41: 20-7.

Mendiola J, Jørgensen N, Andersson AM, Stahlhut RW, Liu F, Swan SH. Reproductive parameters in young men living in Rochester, New York. Fertility and sterility 2014 Apr; 101(4): 1064-71.

Barrett ES, Sathyanarayana S, Janssen S, Redmon JB, Nguyen RH, Kobrosly R, Swan SH. Environmental health attitudes and behaviors: findings from a large pregnancy cohort study. European journal of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive biology 2014 May; 176: 119-25.

Afeiche MC, Williams PL, Gaskins AJ, Mendiola J, Jørgensen N, Swan SH, Chavarro JE. Meat intake and reproductive parameters among young men. Epidemiology (Cambridge, Mass.) 2014 May; 25(3): 323-30.

Serrano SE, Karr CJ, Seixas NS, Nguyen RH, Barrett ES, Janssen S, Redmon B, Swan SH, Sathyanarayana S. Dietary phthalate exposure in pregnant women and the impact of consumer practices. International journal of environmental research and public health 2014 Jun; 11(6): 6193-6215.

Barrett ES, Parlett LE, Windham GC, Swan SH. Differences in ovarian hormones in relation to parity and time since last birth. Fertility and sterility 2014 Jun; 101(6): 1773-80.

Chiu YH, Afeiche MC, Gaskins AJ, Williams PL, Mendiola J, Jørgensen N, Swan SH, Chavarro JE. Sugar-sweetened beverage intake in relation to semen quality and reproductive hormone levels in young men. Human reproduction (Oxford, England) 2014 Jul; 29(7): 1575-84.

Jensen TK, Swan S, Jørgensen N, Toppari J, Redmon B, Punab M, Drobnis EZ, Haugen TB, Zilaitiene B, Sparks AE, Irvine DS, Wang C, Jouannet P, Brazil C, Paasch U, Salzbrunn A, Skakkebæk NE, Andersson AM. Alcohol and male reproductive health: a cross-sectional study of 8344 healthy men from Europe and the USA. Human reproduction (Oxford, England) 2014 Aug; 29(8): 1801-9.

Peretz J, Vrooman L, Ricke WA, Hunt PA, Ehrlich S, Hauser R, Padmanabhan V, Taylor HS, Swan SH, VandeVoort CA, Flaws JA. Bisphenol a and reproductive health: update of experimental and human evidence, 2007-2013. Environmental health perspectives 2014 Aug; 122(8): 775-86.

Jensen TK, Gottschau M, Madsen JO, Andersson AM, Lassen TH, Skakkebæk NE, Swan SH, Priskorn L, Juul A, Jørgensen N. Habitual alcohol consumption associated with reduced semen quality and changes in reproductive hormones; a cross-sectional study among 1221 young Danish men. BMJ open 2014 Oct; 4(9).

Bornehag CG, Carlstedt F, Jönsson BA, Lindh CH, Jensen TK, Bodin A, Jonsson C, Janson S, Swan SH. Prenatal Phthalate Exposures and Anogenital Distance in Swedish Boys. Environmental health perspectives 2014 Oct;.

Evans SF, Kobrosly RW, Barrett ES, Thurston SW, Calafat AM, Weiss B, Stahlhut R, Yolton K, Swan SH. Prenatal Bisphenol A Exposure and maternally reported behavior in boys and girls. Neurotoxicology 2014 Oct;.

Barrett ES, Parlett LE, Wang C, Drobnis EZ, Bruce Redmon J, Swan SH. Environmental exposure to di-2-ethylhexyl phthalate is associated with low interest in sexual activity in premenopausal women. Hormones and behavior 2014 Nov; 66(5).

Barrett ES, Parlett LE, Swan SH. Stability of proposed biomarkers of prenatal androgen exposure over the menstrual cycle. Journal of developmental origins of health and disease 2015 Jan;.

Parra MD, Mendiola J, Jørgensen N, Swan SH, Torres-Cantero AM. Anogenital distance and reproductive parameters in young men. Andrologia 2015 Feb;.

Sathyanarayana S, Grady R, Redmon JB, Ivicek K, Barrett E, Janssen S, Nguyen R, Swan SH. Anogenital distance and penile width measurements in The Infant Development and the Environment Study (TIDES): Methods and predictors. Journal of pediatric urology 2015 Mar;.

Levine H, Swan SH. Is dietary pesticide exposure related to semen quality? Positive evidence from men attending a fertility clinic. Human reproduction (Oxford, England) 2015 Mar;.

Swan SH, Sathyanarayana S, Barrett ES, Janssen S, Liu F, Nguyen RH, Redmon JB. First trimester phthalate exposure and anogenital distance in newborns. Human reproduction (Oxford, England) 2015 Apr; 30(4).

Calafat AM, Longnecker MP, Koch HM, Swan SH, Hauser R, Goldman LR, Lanphear BP, Rudel RA, Engel SM, Teitelbaum SL, Whyatt RM, Wolff MS. Optimal Exposure Biomarkers for Nonpersistent Chemicals in Environmental Epidemiology. Environmental health perspectives 2015 Jul; 123(7).

Adibi JJ, Lee MK, Naimi AI, Barrett E, Nguyen RH, Sathyanarayana S, Zhao Y, Thiet MP, Redmon JB, Swan SH. Human chorionic gonadotropin partially mediates phthalate association with male and female anogenital distance. The Journal of clinical endocrinology and metabolism 2015 Jul;.

Barrett ES, Swan SH. Stress and Androgen Activity During Fetal Development. Endocrinology 2015 Aug;.

Alur S, Wang H, Hoeger K, Swan SH, Sathyanarayana S, Redmon BJ, Nguyen R, Barrett ES. Urinary phthalate metabolite concentrations in relation to history of infertility and use of assisted reproductive technology. Fertility and sterility 2015 Aug;.

Le Moal J, Sharpe RM, Jϕrgensen N, Levine H, Jurewicz J, Mendiola J, Swan SH, Virtanen H, Christin-Maître S, Cordier S, Toppari J, Hanke W. Toward a multi-country monitoring system of reproductive health in the context of endocrine disrupting chemical exposure. European journal of public health 2015 Sep;.

Barrett ES, Parlett LE, Sathyanarayana S, Redmon JB, Nguyen RH, Swan SH. Prenatal Stress as a Modifier of Associations between Phthalate Exposure and Reproductive Development: results from a Multicentre Pregnancy Cohort Study. Paediatric and perinatal epidemiology 2015 Nov;.

Skakkebaek NE, Rajpert-De Meyts E, Buck Louis GM, Toppari J, Andersson AM, Eisenberg ML, Jensen TK, Jørgensen N, Swan SH, Sapra KJ, Ziebe S, Priskorn L, Juul A. Male Reproductive Disorders and Fertility Trends: Influences of Environment and Genetic Susceptibility. Physiological reviews 2016 Jan; 96(1).

Industry Relationships

Physicians and scientists on the faculty of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai often interact with pharmaceutical, device and biotechnology companies to improve patient care, develop new therapies and achieve scientific breakthroughs. In order to promote an ethical and transparent environment for conducting research, providing clinical care and teaching, Mount Sinai requires that salaried faculty inform the School of their relationships with such companies.

Dr. Swan did not report having any of the following types of financial relationships with industry during 2014 and/or 2015: consulting, scientific advisory board, industry-sponsored lectures, service on Board of Directors, participation on industry-sponsored committees, equity ownership valued at greater than 5% of a publicly traded company or any value in a privately held company. Please note that this information may differ from information posted on corporate sites due to timing or classification differences.

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