Fellow Testimonials

Yoshiharu Shimozono M.D.
I am an attending foot and ankle surgeon from Japan. I started working with Dr. Kennedy from June 2016. The reason why I came here, despite I finished foot and ankle fellowship in Japan, is to experience the best surgery and clinic in foot and ankle, and learn Dr. Kennedy’s thoughts and skills. I’m very impressed that he treats patients with respect and kindness, and he had many patients coming to see him from all over the world. Dr. Kennedy is one of the best opinion leaders in the field of sport-related ankle and foot pathology. It’s my treasure that I could work with him closely. Additionally, I could start some new researches to develop foot and ankle fields, especially ankle cartilage, and he gives me a lot of great opportunities of presentations at national meetings. Everything in his team is invaluable, and I can feel my own development everyday. Dr. Kennedy is an admirable person for me. Thank you very much for your support and mentorship. All experiences at Dr. Kennedy’s office must be definitely irreplaceable and precious to me.

Christopher Murawski
Having an opportunity to work with Dr. Kennedy’s team over the past 8 years has given me a unique perspective on seeing things come full circle. I was first his patient when I was a senior in high school after a baseball injury, and ultimately started to do research with him as an undergraduate in college. When I first started, there was certainly no shortage of ambitious ideas, but there was no team of fellows from all over the world, and only a small amount of funding available. It’s amazing how much the group has grown since that time and this is due in no small part to the support that we’ve continued to receive from our grateful benefactors. I’m currently a 2nd (almost 3rd) year medical student at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and have been fortunate to participate in many of the exciting projects that Dr. Kennedy’s group has performed both clinically and in the lab. In this regard, I’ve had the opportunity to publish over 50 manuscripts and give over 100 podium and poster presentations at conferences all over the world. Recently, I was fortunate to have been selected as a member of the Forbes 30 Under 30 in Healthcare for 2016, which was simply a recognition received on behalf of our entire team and the work we’ve been able to do. My experience has been uniquely satisfying, and I’ve now been the recipient of innovative surgery and also participated in the research to further Dr. Kennedy’s mission. Thanks so much for your continued support!

Youichi Yasui M.D.
Thank you very much for your great support. I am a Foot and Ankle surgeon from Japan. Over the last two years, I have been working very closely with Dr. Kennedy. I have had the opportunity to become involved a variety of new research that we believe will be very valuable in the care of orthopedic patients. In these two years, I had the chance to present over 40 international and national presentations and lectures. I also was about to complete over 20 papers which were accepted for publication. Because of this experience, the President of the Japanese foot and ankle association has given me the title as a leader of academic research utilizing the skills I learned to improve the quality of healthcare and the ability to perform research in the Japanese association. Additionally, I have made wonderful international friends who will also be future leaders in the profession. Thank you very much for your support. We appreciate you very much.

Niall A. Smyth M.D.
I worked at HSS with Dr. Kennedy from July of 2011 until June of 2013. During this time, I was fortunate enough to join a highly motivated academic team investigating athletic injuries of the foot and ankle and allowed ample room to pursue my own research interests. With the help of generous gifts from your families, we were able to investigate the role of biological adjuncts in repairing cartilage injuries. The results of these studies have been presented at national and international meetings and published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, considered one of the most prestigious journals in the orthopaedic literature. The skills I acquired during this time have proven invaluable, and now I am half-way through my orthopaedic surgical residency at the University of Miami. In part due to my experiences at HSS and working with Dr. Kennedy, I plan on pursuing sub-specialty training in foot and ankle surgery following my residency training.

Arianna L. Gianakos D.O.
I am an orthopedic surgery resident at Jersey City Medical Center in Jersey City, NJ. I started working with Dr. Kennedy several years ago during my third year of medical school. It was during that time where I was taught how to conduct basic science and clinical research. My experience was invaluable, and I decided to take an additional year devoted to orthopedic research.  During my time, my research focused on clinical outcomes of foot and ankle operations, meta-analytical methods on the use of BMAC and PRP, and radiographic assessment strategies of different pathologies. This research resulted in over 10 publications and was accepted for either podium or poster presentation at over 15 national and international conferences.  These experiences have taught me not only how to conduct proper research, but also how to present this work in a manner that is understandable to fellow colleagues and patients. My time with Dr. Kennedy solidified my decision to pursue a career in orthopedic surgery. I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity Dr. Kennedy gave me which helped make a career in orthopedic surgery possible. His support has provided myself, along with my fellow colleagues, the chance to not only reach our goals of becoming orthopedic surgeons, but also develop us into future leaders who can help make a difference and further medicine and patient care through our research.

Ian Savage- Elliott M.D.
I got the chance to work with Dr. Kennedy during multiple summers while in medical school, and it has been a fabulous experience! Through working with the Kennedy Research Team I have published 8 papers and made numerous presentations both nationally and internationally. My current research topics include Osteochondral Lesions, Platelet Rich Plasma, and Ankle Fusion. Some of the presentations I have done include the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (Chicago, Illinois) and the American Foot and Ankle Society (Miami, Florida). These experiences have greatly improved my confidence as an academic physician. I also presented at the International Cartilage Repair Society in Izmir, Turkey, where my poster presentation was recognized as one of the top 10% at the conference. The trip to Turkey was an amazing cultural experience that I will never forget. Thank you so much Dr Kennedy; I’m truly appreciative of everything that you have done for me. You taught how to write, publish, present, and practice as a physician. Finally, thank you for introducing me to a research environment that continues to attract intelligent, talented individuals who are not only great colleagues but also great friends, and I consider myself very privileged to be among them. You are a great surgeon, leader and mentor.

Keir Ross
I’m currently a 3rd year Medical Student at the University of Maryland. I worked with Dr. Kennedy for two years leading up to my matriculation to medical school. My work as a part of the research team was not only a large part of my acceptance to medical school, but will continue to impact my career through residency and many years beyond that. Through my two years, as well as my continued work with Dr. Kennedy, I have been able to publish over 20 manuscripts in medical journals and have presented our work at conferences across the globe, spanning from all over North America to Europe and Asia. Without Dr. Kennedy’s mentorship, none of that would have been possible. Working with the Kennedy research team allowed me to become an analytical and effective researcher. The skills I developed have given me the ability to continue to contribute to orthopedic research and improve the care we provide to patients. Beyond that, Dr. Kennedy imparted clinical skills and knowledge that have improved my personal patient care. He goes above and beyond, dedicating more far more time to his students than the average attending physician. The lessons I learned from Dr. Kennedy prepared me to excel in medical school and have given me the tools to carry out meaningful research throughout my career.

Charles Hannon M.D.
Were it not for Dr. Kennedy’s mentorship and guidance I would not be where I am today. I feel fortunate to be pursuing my passion as a resident in the orthopaedic surgery program at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL. I have had the honor and privilege to work with Dr. Kennedy for the past 7 years. Through my work with Dr. Kennedy, I have published over 30 manuscripts and have traveled across the world from Canada to Ireland presenting our work. Dr. Kennedy is an outstanding leader in the field of orthopaedic surgery and has enabled and supported the careers of dozens of students like myself. I feel blessed for the opportunity to have worked with Dr. Kennedy and am forever grateful.

Eoghan Hurley
I would like to thank you very much for your generous support for Dr. Kennedy’s research team. I started with Dr. Kennedy this January as a part of my medical school curriculum in The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. My research has been primarily focused on adipose-derived stem cells and their applications in cartilage repair. I traveled to Orlando to present some of my work to Arteriocyte, a company who are interested in trying to make this new therapy clinically available in the US, and I am very grateful as this opportunity would not have been possible without the generous support of you.

Sean Flynn
My name is Sean Flynn and I’m currently undertaking my residency in Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery in Ireland, working in Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Dublin. I was fortunate enough as a medical student to spend some time with Dr. Kennedy and his team at HSS in summer 2013. I undertook research in clinical and radiological outcomes of patients undergoing Autologous Osteochondral Transplantation (AOT) of the talus. This time was not only an invaluable learning experience as a medical student, but it also allowed me the opportunity to submit my work for presentation and publication. Thus far I have had poster presentations at AOFAS and an oral presentation at the 2014 ESSKA Annual Congress in Amsterdam. Currently I am awaiting publication of our paper in Foot and Ankle International, which was accepted in late 2015. All in all, being afforded the opportunity to complete research with Dr. Kennedy has been an invaluable asset not only to my career development, but also inspiring my continued learning and interest in evidence based medicine. Thank you.

John Pinski M.D.
My name is John Pinski and I recently started my orthopaedic surgical residency at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, Massacusettes. I had the opportunity to work as a research fellow in Dr. Kennedy’s group throughout all of medical school, beginning in the summer of my first year of medical school. During this time, my colleagues and I were able to publish two studies in well-respected, high impact orthopaedic journals. We were also fortunate to present our findings at multiple national and international research meetings. The experiernces that I had while working with Dr. Kennedy and his team are invaluable. Without Dr. Kennedy, I would not be where I am today.

Andrew Ross
I am a 3rd year medical student that has worked with Dr. Kennedy for the last 2 years. I started my research after my first year with Dr. Kennedy and the experience has been instrumental in shaping my career trajectory. Without your generous support, I would not have had this life changing realization. I’ve had the opportunity to attend a conference on cartilage research in Chicago and have published two papers with multiple more in progress. However, more important than my own achievements, your support will impact countless patients in the future. It is your generosity that allows medical innovation to occur benefiting those for years to come.

Robin Megill
I began working under Dr. Kennedy the summer before I began medical school, where I am currently in my first year at Georgetown University School of Medicine. I was extremely fortunate to spend time with him, and it truly jump-started my career into medicine. Dr. Kennedy pushed me as far as I was willing to go, such as having me take patient histories and chief complaints by the end of the summer and presenting patients to Dr. Kennedy and the rest of the team. The guidance, suggestions, and advice that I received from Dr. Kennedy is truly invaluable, and will transform the goals and attitudes I take with me as I am trained to become a physician. Additionally, I was able to use my tools in biostatistics obtained through my Master of Science in Public Health to contribute to his research team, resulting in authorship for several abstracts and manuscripts with more projects on the horizon. I look forward to staying involved with Dr. Kennedy alongside my education in medicine and contributing to the very successful and prosperous research team he leads.

Lucas Myerson
I am a second year medical student at Tulane School of Medicine. I worked with Dr. Kennedy and his team over the summer after my first year of medical school. While at HSS I worked on a number of studies, many of which have since been accepted for publication. During my time on board, I was fortunate to be surrounded by other bright, young minds interested in making their contribution to and learning more about the field of orthopedic surgery. With Dr. Kennedy we learned how to conduct research of the highest quality – research that was both important to field and well done. The experience also afforded us the opportunity to improve our diagnostic skills and patient care. I learned more than I could have ever imagined possible this summer, but amongst all of the things I took away from the experience, one thing in particular stood out. Dr. Kennedy is everything you could ask for in a mentor. He challenges his students to be more inquisitive, more thoughtful and more adaptable. With Dr. Kennedy patient care always comes first, but I always felt that our learning was a close second. He is fiercely dedicated to his students, and in turn we are fiercely dedicated to him. Thank you, Dr. Kennedy.

Max Coale
I am currently a 2nd year Medical Student at the University of Maryland. I was afforded the wonderful opportunity to learn from Dr. Kennedy the summer after my first year of medical school. Under his guidance, and that of his top-notch international team, I was able to complete 3 projects in a single summer. My research was focused on using new techniques to best assess Osteochondral Lesions of the Talus. I developed the invaluable skills of professional writing, presenting, and analysis, which will undoubtedly help me in my career. I am confident now that I have the foundation to contribute to future orthopedic knowledge. The balance of clinical care and research that comes out of Dr. Kennedy’s office is unmatched. Dr. Kennedy has taught me a tremendous deal about what it means to be a modern doctor, and has gone to great lengths to ensure that I have the skills needed to be the best clinician possible. The amount of time he spent teaching me, whether in the O.R. or on the floor, was far and above that of any other attending physician I’ve worked with. Through this opportunity I have made innumerable friendships, both nationwide and international, that will serve as the best reminder of how special Dr. Kennedy’s group is.

Rebecca Irwin
I am a PhD student studying biomedical engineering at Cornell University, and from June through July of 2016 I was fortunate enough to be paired with Dr. Kennedy as part of Cornell’s summer immersion program. During the summer I was able to observe and engage in the clinical setting while also joining Dr. Kennedy’s highly motivated and collaborative research team. During my time at HSS I witnessed firsthand the shortcomings of current medical technologies, showing the need for collaborations between engineers and clinicians. I also observed the implementation of cutting edge cartilage repair techniques, and conducted a retrospective clinical study investigating the occurrence of co-existing osteochondral lesions on the distal tibia and talar dome. The results of this study will be presented at a national conference and are currently being prepared for publication. Following my time at HSS, Dr. Kennedy has continued to act as a mentor, and we are planning a collaboration to investigate the effects of tribosupplementation on osteochondral lesion healing in a rabbit model. These experiences have helped shape the aims of my dissertation, my career goals, and have emphasized the importance of collaborations between clinicians and engineers. I am grateful for the opportunity to work with Dr. Kennedy and for his continued mentorship as I continue my studies. Largely due to my experiences with D. Kennedy and his research team, I have the resources to pursue clinically relevant research during my time at Cornell and I am excited to continue this work throughout my career.