Dr. Schwalk was born and raised in Texas and received her initial medical training at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock, Texas. She found herself drawn to critically ill patients and those with thoracic malignancies and pursued pulmonary and critical care training at Texas Tech University followed by specialized training in interventional pulmonology at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. Dr. Schwalk brings to UTSW a passion for interventional pulmonology with a focus on patients with malignancy and complications of cancer therapy. Her clinical practice emphasizes patient-centered and multi-disciplinary care and palliation of refractory pulmonary symptoms. In 2019, she earned the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center’s IP Fellowship Award for Teamwork and Humanism. Dr. Schwalk’s research interests include interventional pulmonology, pleural diseases, minimally invasive treatment options for thoracic malignancies and efficacy of intratumoral medication injections. Dr. Schwalk’s interests outside of medicine include spending time with her family, watching Texas sporting events, camping, hiking, fly fishing and traveling with her husband.



Other Post Graduate Training
Texas Tech University Rawls College of Business (2010)
Medical School
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (2013)
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (2016), Internal Medicine
Texas Tech University Health Science Center (2019), Pulmonary Diseases & Critical Care Medicine
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (2020), Interventional Pulmonology

Research Interest

  • Airway Obstruction
  • Interventional Pulmonology
  • Lung Cancer
  • Lung Preserving Management of Thoracic Malignancies
  • Pleural Disease


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Development of Miniature Y Stent for Treatment of Postoperative Bronchial Stenosis.
Schwalk AJ, Marcoux M, Swisher SG, Casal RF, Ann Thorac Surg 2020 08 110 2 e99-e101
Acquired Perfusion Defect.
Bahdi F, Schwalk AJ, Faiz SA, Arch Bronconeumol 2020 Jun
Endobronchial ultrasound-guided injection of NBTXR3 radio-enhancing nanoparticles into mediastinal and hilar lymph nodes: a swine model to evaluate feasibility, injection technique, safety, nanoparticle retention and dispersion.
Casal RF, Schwalk AJ, Fowlkes N, Aburto RR, Norton W, Dixon KA, Lin S, Shaitelman SF, Chintalapani G, Hill L, J Thorac Dis 2020 May 12 5 2317-2324
Symmetrical peripheral gangrene.
Ismail, A., & Schwalk, A. The Southwest Respiratory and Critical Care Chronicles 2019 7 28 4-6
Indwelling pleural catheters for recurrent pleural effusions: A useful clinical tool with serious implications
Samuel Copeland MD, Audra Schwalk MD, Sakolwan Suchartlikitwong MD, Shengping Yang PhD, Gilbert Berdine MD The Southwest Respiratory and Critical Care Chronicles 2018 6 25 8?13
Intra-pleural tissue plasminogen activator and deoxyribonuclease: An alternative treatment option for pleural infections in specific populations.
Medrano, R., Schwalk, A., & Islam, E. The Southwest Respiratory and Critical Care Chronicles 2018 6 25 38-41
A clinical amalgam: Fever of unknown origin, large B cell intravascular lymphoma and hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis.
Lacy M, Fuller A, Radhi S, Warraich I. Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice. 2018 26 6 e55-57
Pulmonary artery aneurysm secondary to congenital pulmonic valve stenosis.
Schwalk, A., & Berdine, G. The Southwest Respiratory and Critical Care Chronicles 2017 5 21 32-35
Coccidioidomycosis with diffuse miliary pneumonia.
Sotello D, Rivas M, Fuller A, Mahmood T, Orellana-Barrios M, Nugent K, Proc (Bayl Univ Med Cent) 2016 Jan 29 1 39-41
Ciprofloxacin-Induced Renal Failure.
Fuller, A. The Southwest Respiratory and Critical Care Chronicles 2015 3 12 32-38


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Honors & Awards

  • Internal Medicine Most Outstanding Fellow
    Texas Tech University (2019)
  • MD Anderson Cancer Center IP Fellowship Award for Teamwork and Humanism
    MD Anderson Cancer Center (2019)
  • Internal Medicine Most Outstanding Senior
    Texas Tech University (2016)
  • Upsilon Phi Delta National Academic Honor Society
    Member (2010)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Association for Bronchology and Interventional Pulmonology (2018)
  • American College of Chest Physicians (2015)