Craig Lawrence Schwimmer, MD

March 12, 1962April 9, 2019

Dr. Craig Schwimmer of Dallas, Texas, passed away on Tuesday, April 9, in Dallas, Texas. Dr. Schwimmer was born in Suffern, New York, on March 12, 1962.

Dr. Schwimmer graduated from the Emory University School of Medicine in 1991. After residency training, he practiced in Baltimore, Maryland, where he was also a member of the teaching faculty at Johns Hopkins University and actively involved in training residents. He completed his otolaryngology training at Henry Ford Hospital, studying under several of the leading scientists in the field of snoring and sleep apnea. Dr. Schwimmer founded The Snoring Center in 2001 and remained as the medical director until his death. Dr. Schwimmer co-authored numerous articles on snoring, including pioneering work on the relationship between obstructive sleep apnea and gastroesophageal reflux. During his career, Dr. Schwimmer showed an incredible level of compassion and expertise, setting very high standards for patient-oriented care. He was a leader and friend among co-workers and showed a genuine interest in the lives of his patients.

As a beloved father, husband and friend, he strived to unequivocally live a good life and be an exemplary person in every sense of the word. The result was a life of immeasurable contributions of kindness, selflessness and compassion. Dr. Schwimmer loved an intellectual debate, gourmet food and wine, biking, fishing, cooking and reading. Dr. Schwimmer was known and appreciated for his genuine warmth, quick wit, wise perspective, calm presence and easygoing approach to life. He also devoted an extraordinary amount of time to charitable and community endeavors, which included unwavering dedication and support for the Hockaday community where his daughters attend school. Dr. Schwimmer was, and will continue to be, an inspiration to those who knew and loved him.

Dr. Schwimmer was preceded in death by his father, Louis Schwimmer, his sister-in-law Staci Gabrielle-Smith, and grandparents George Robins, Ruth Robins, Philip Schwimmer and Fay Schwimmer. Dr. Schwimmer is survived by his loving wife and best friend, Shanon Gervaise Schwimmer, and his two cherished and beloved daughters Bianca Fay Schwimmer (17) and Sasha Danielle Schwimmer (15). Dr. Schwimmer is also survived by his mother, Audrey Sue Schwimmer, and his mother-in-law, Iola Ragins Smith; his brother, Barry Alan Schwimmer and his wife Barbara Madeline Schwimmer; his sister, Perri Ann Stern and her husband Michael Alberto Stern; his sister, Wendy Sue Steinberg and her husband David Mark Steinberg; and nine loving nieces and nephews.

Services for Dr. Schwimmer will be held on Friday, April 12, at 1:00 pm at Temple Emanu-El, 8500 Hillcrest Road, Dallas, Texas. The service will be followed by private burial for family only and the Schwimmers will receive guests at the home of Dawne and Pat Tribolet starting at 5:00 pm on Friday.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to The Hockaday School to support the community service program (The Hockaday School, In Honor of Dr. Craig Schwimmer, 11600 Welch Road, Dallas, Texas 75229 or online at <>). Craig’s passion to help others was contagious and a gift he shared with his wife Shanon and their daughters, Bianca and Sasha.


  • Funeral Service Friday, April 12, 2019
  • Gathering of Family and Friends Friday, April 12, 2019

Craig Lawrence Schwimmer, MD

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Mark Fletcher

April 19, 2019

I had the great opportunity to know and work with this very nice and caring man. He was truly a gentleman and a great doctor.
Rest in peace brother.

James Connolly

April 18, 2019

I have had the pleasure of knowing Craig for the past 10 years, both of us working in the field of sleep surgery. He has been a very strong champion for the otolaryngologist as a part of the sleep medicine team. He has brought strong arguments to minimalist surgical changes in select patient populations. He showed such passion when it came to being his patients adovacate and trying to lower therapy side effects. I have had the pleasure of meeting his family in the past and knowing how much he adored them. Also, I have many patients of my own which have benifited from Craig's endevores with the Pillar Procedure. He will be truly missed. Prayers for his family.

Jonathan Lindman

April 18, 2019

I came to know Craig over the last 3 years and found him to genuinely care about helping people with snoring and sleep apnea. He unselfishly helped me build my snoring solutions clinic and I will forever be grateful for this! We both have teenagers the same age and in my conversations with him he obviously loved his family very much. I am truly sorry for the loss of this great man.

Kathy Simmerman

April 13, 2019

I didn't know Dr. Schwimmer, but worked with his wife Shannon for years. She is such a dedicated physician and very sweet woman. I am heartbroken for your loss. Your family will be in my prayers at this sad and difficult time.

Howard Herman

April 12, 2019

Craig was an extremely warm, kind, and innovative physician and colleague. He was a great outside-the -box thinker who sought solutions to difficult problems. I always enjoyed Craig’s great wit and our clinical discussions. He was always deeply devoted to his family and my heart goes out to them on their loss.

Farrah Copp

April 10, 2019

The loss Dr. Schwimmer is felt deeply as he has changed my life in a short time. I just saw him Thursday, we joked around as usual and talked about life and wine. He was a very unique doctor, so personable and so committed to making his patients lives better. It was heart breaking to get the call today that he is gone. I am still in shock and feel deeply for his family and the community, as this is a tremendous loss. A wonderful doctor who cared so much and made significant improvements in so many lives. My prayers go out to his family, in this difficult time.

Colin Stark

April 10, 2019

To hear of Dr Schwimmer’s passing has upset me. I only had 2 appointments with him and he was so kind and understanding. My thoughts are with his family and friends in this difficult time. RIP Kind Doctor