James Swain, MD
Brendan Marr MD, FACS, FASMBS
Where were you born/grow up?
Chicago, IL – I have been a Bears, Cubs, Bulls, and Blackhawks fan since birth.
What did you want to be when you were a kid?
Definitely a pirate. Although this wasn’t a solid career choice, I did manage to work as a ship captain in my 20’s. While I loved working on the water, I had an undeniable interest in the medical field especially surgery.
Do you have a favorite movie/book/music group?
Favorite movie: Tombstone Favorite book: The Sea Wolf by Jack London
What do you like to do in your free time?
I enjoy being outdoors. Hiking, cycling or fishing. I have really enjoyed the hiking Arizona has to offer. It has everything from leisurely strolls to extremely difficult climbs and all with beautiful scenery.
Where is your favorite place on earth?
Ireland – The scenery, the history, the people, fish and chips, Guinness. What’s not to like?
Are you a dog or cat person?
I am a dog person. I have two: Maisie – lab and Spartacus – pug.
Why did you choose Bariatrics?
As a medical student I was amazed at the effectiveness of Bariatric surgery and the impact it has on patient’s lives. Not only do you get to perform complex surgeries, you have a long-term relationship with your patients and get to celebrate their success with them. There aren’t many fields of medicine where you routinely get hugs from your patients. It’s extremely gratifying!
Why did you choose AZ to practice Bariatrics?
I love Arizona’s weather and scenery as well as all the outdoor activity available. However, I really jumped at the chance to work with Dr. Swain and be part of the team.
If you were not a surgeon, what would you be?
Is pirate still an option?