Member Spotlight

Matthew Kennedy
AZPOD President-Elect, Class of 2022

Q: Why did you choose podiatry?
A: I chose Podiatry because of the patient interaction and the broad range of procedures/therapies a podiatrist can provide. During my shadowing experience, I saw several patients that actually enjoyed visiting their Podiatrist. A lot of podiatric patients are seen on a chronic basis, and as their doctor you get to build rapport and develop unique relationships. I enjoy being kept on my toes and learning something new every day. With the broad range of diseases seen by Podiatrists, from chronic wound care to surgical fixation of fractures, I knew I would never be bored in this profession.

Q: What is your most played song?
A: According to Spotify, my all-time most played is “Gold” by Kuinka but in the last month it’s “When The Curtain Falls” by Greta Van Fleet.

Q: What is your favorite meal?
A: I’d have to say roasted salmon with asparagus.

Q: What is your favorite indoor and/or outdoor activity?
A: Favorite indoor activity would be to have a brutal game of Catan or watching a new episode of Game of Thrones. For outdoor activities, I love skiing and just generally being on or around mountains.

Q: Share one small change you made in your life that had a big impact.
A: Saying yes to things, and not worrying about the little details.

Q: If you could choose any mentor (living or deceased) who would it be and why?
A: I would love to be mentored by Teddy Roosevelt. His story of triumphing over adversity and courage is something to be admired.

Student Doctor Matthew Kennedy

"The American Podiatric Medical Students’ Association is the national, student-led organization that serves as the collective voice for all podiatric medical students. We are committed to the protection and advancement of student rights and interests by advocating in legislative and educational arenas. We provide resources to our members to assist them throughout their education as they transition into podiatric residents and physicians."