Sunnyside’s Dr. David Swofford enjoyed the privilege of “hooding” his son Brenen during a graduation ceremony, pictured here with this wife Patrice Swofford. Brenen is the seventh member of his family to become a doctor.
As of Tuesday, June 7, 2016
SUNNYSIDE The seventh in a line of “Dr. Swoffords” graduated earlier this month.
When David Swofford “hooded” his son Brenen, as “Dr. Swofford” in graduation ceremonies May 14, at Kirkville College of Medicine in Kirkville, Mo. it was one more milestone in the history of the family’s devotion to medicine.
“It was the best day of his life,” his wife Patrice Swofford said.
The traditional hooding ceremony marked the continuation of a family legacy started by David’s father, P.J. Swofford, who established his medical practice in the community in 1958.
“It’s only been recently that family members were allowed to help with the traditional hooding ceremony, Mrs. Swofford said. “It was a great moment.”
The ceremony marked their son’s entry into a family profession that already boasts six doctors with two more waiting in the wings, she said.
David returned to the community to work with his father in 1979. While it isn’t clear if Dr. Brenen Swofford will do the same, it is clear the Swofford family of doctoring is moving to the next generation, Mrs. Swofford said.
“All of Brenen’s uncles are in the medical field, as are his cousins Jayson Benjert and Taylor Beck. His younger brother, Devon Swofford, is also engaged in medical studies,” she said.
Brenen, a 2008 graduate of Sunnyside Christian High School, attended Washington State University before attending Kirkville College of Medicine.
He is currently doing his residency in internal medicine at the University of Arizona, with plans to perform a fellowship in hematology/oncology.
Meanwhile, his cousin, Beck, a Grandview High School graduate, is attending Western Washington University, while his brother. Devon is interested in surgical specialties, interventional radiology.
He also attended Sunnyside Christian High School and is a 2014 graduate of Washington State University.
Benjert, who attended University of Washington and Kirksville College of Medicine, did a radiology residency in Michigan and a neuroradiology fellowship at the University of Washington before beginning his practice in neuroradiology in Seattle.
Brenen’s uncles John, Mark and Mike also continue to practice medicine. John is an anesthesiology interventional pain management specialist in Carmel, Ind., while Mark practices urology in Pikeville, Ken.
Mike, who did his residency in radiology in Detroit, Mich., and now practices radiology in Michigan.
Meanwhile, Dr. David Swofford continues to practice medicine locally as he has for the past 37 years. His father, P.J., retired in 1997.