Fellow Focus: Dr. Suhaib Al-Sawajneh

Meet Dr. Suhaib Al-Sawajneh, native of Jordan and current UMMC nephrology fellow. Here, Dr. Al-Sawajneh shares about his path to nephrology, UMMC, and his love of music.

First, tell us about you.

I was born and raised in a charming ancient city in Jordan called Al-Salt, I am the youngest among six siblings. I graduated from the University of Jordan, and spent eight fulfilling years developing clinical experience before joining UMMC. I have now been in the United States for 4 months and so far it’s been an incredible experience.

How did you know you wanted to pursue nephrology?

I had initially been interested in oncology as a specialty with  nephrology being a close second. However, after I spent two years as an oncology fellow at King Hussein Cancer Center, one of the biggest cancer centers in the Middle East, and lived through the tragedy of losing my only and beloved aunt to breast cancer, I decided to pursue nephrology.  I am grateful I’ve found myself enjoying nephrology more than I ever expected!

What do you like most about UMMC?

I have been blown away by how kind and humble most of the patients I’ve met at UMMC are, it motivates me to do my best to help them.

What advice would you give to the interns?

Try to learn what is important for you from every patient encounter. And always remember that time flies so try to enjoy your life too.

What could you give a 40-minute presentation on without preparation?

The history of monotheistic religions and how it shaped our world as we know it today because of my background growing up in the Middle East where it all started and my endless curiosity about history and cultures.

What is something you wish you knew more about?

Ethology, because I am fascinated by the behavior of our companions on this lovely planet.  

What are some small things that make your day better?

Interacting with people who radiate with positive energy and starting my day with a good cup of coffee.

Tell us something about you that most people don’t know

I am passionate about music, it creates a sense of unity and drives our emotions. I learned to play OUD, a classical prehistoric stringed instrument popularly used in Arabic Music.

Could not make it without my parents

My hometown – Al-Salt

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