Swaid Bakr MD

Swaid Bakr MD


Internal Medicine, Third-Year Resident & Chief Resident

Originally from:

Damascus, Syria

School(s) attended:

Alfaisal University - King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

What brought you to Michigan?

I came to the U.S. in August 2014 during my final year of medical school, when I spent seven months rotating in different hospitals as a visiting medical student working as a subintern. At that time, I completed USMLE Step 2 CS. Later, I matched at Hurley, and then I moved to Michigan in preparation for starting my residency in June 2016.

Why did you choose your specialty?

Because it has a wide spectrum, and it is very good in keeping my neurons working.


I am currently single. My family lives in Saudi Arabia, but they frequently visit me here in the U.S.

What do you do for fun?

I enjoy cooking and trying different cuisines. I watch different channels on YouTube. Also, if the night sky is clear, I don’t sleep without telepathically communicate with Jupiter, Venus, Mars, Sirius, and Polaris.

What do you like most about Hurley and/or the mid-Michigan area?

People are friendly and approachable.


My faith in God is my strongest inspiration.

Toughest challenge in achieving your goals:

Balancing to study for medical school along with the USMLE was a strong challenge, but I was able to excel in both with good time management.

What do you miss most about home?

I miss my mother’s food. I also miss the two Holy Mosques in Makkah and Almadinah. I keep in touch with family and friends through video-calling with iPhone applications.

Three favs:

  • Book: The Holy Quran
  • Website: YouTube
  • Restaurant: Albaik

Favorite quotation:

“The most incomprehensible thing about the universe is that it is comprehensible.”

I like this quote by Albert Einstein because it always amazes me how a tiny creature called the human being attempts to understand a thing as big as the universe.

Favorite thing about Michigan:

The natural beauty, aside from the cold winter.

Biggest surprise about working in this area of Michigan:

Many people engage in risky behaviors (e.g., non-compliance with medical advice and polysubstance abuse,) and they don’t understand the consequences of that. Luckily, some of them can be redirected by education.

Are you planning to do fellowship?

Yes, most likely Endocrinology.