Safwan Badr

Division Chief Sleep Medicine and Fellowship Program Director School of Medicine
Phone: 313) 745-6033


M. Safwan Badr, M.D., the associate chairman of the Wayne State University School of Medicine’s Department of Internal Medicine, has been named executive vice president and chief medical officer of the Detroit Medical Center.
"Dr. Badr is very well-equipped to handle his new role as chief medical officer for the DMC given his clinical skills, administrative instincts and savvy at working through issues with physicians," said John Flack, M.D., M.P.H., Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine for the School of Medicine.

Dr. Badr, also division chief for Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, will begin his new role Aug. 26.

In this new capacity, he will work with School of Medicine Dean Robert M. Mentzer Jr., M.D., and the School leadership, as well as DMC senior management and the system’s private medical staff.

“This will span several critical areas, including patient safety, continuous quality improvement, physician credentialing and graduate medical education,” Dr. Badr explained. “I will also facilitate the development of innovative clinical programs that builds on the rich talent and expertise of our physicians.”

“I am delighted that Dr. Badr has accepted the CMO role at the DMC,” said Valerie Parisi, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., vice dean of Hospital Operations and Clinical Affairs for the School of Medicine. “He will be in a unique position to integrate best practices from WSU academic physicians with DMC private physicians in order to take patient care quality and safety to the next level. I look forward to working closely with him in this exciting new role.”

Dr. Badr attended Damascus University Medical School in Syria, and completed his residency at Cook County Hospital, Chicago, Ill. He completed a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Badr is board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary, critical care medicine and sleep medicine. He joined the School of Medicine in 1996.

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