Ep. 85 – Kieran Mahan, DPM, FACFAS

In this episode of Dean’s Chat, Dr. Jeffrey Jensen and Dr. Joanna Ritchie interview Dr. Kieran Mahan, a leader in podiatric medicine. They discuss Dr. Mahan’s remarkable career and his extensive experience in the field. Dr. Mahan shares insights and perspectives on all things podiatric medicine, making for an informative and engaging conversation. Tune in to learn more about Dr. Mahan’s background and his contributions to the field of podiatric medicine.

To quote Dr. Mahan, “Although I’ve viewed my career as a surgeon/educator with a particular interest in trauma and peds, I’ve had a number of administrative appointments at the College: Surgery Department Chair, Residency Director, Clinical Dean, Associate Dean for Research, Academic Dean (twice), and the Interim President of PCPM.

I co-chaired AO courses for 20 years and was faculty for more and the philosophy behind AO and the friendships I made, became a big part of my personal and professional life.

I still have the program from the first AO course I attended in 1982 with Stephen Perren and Tom Ruedit! I was part of the three-person team that negotiated the merger of PCPM into Temple. I was very fortunate to have great mentors along the way, a true blessing in my career.

On the personal side, I got a love of all things Irish from my father, particularly Irish music, and literature. I’m trying to learn the Irish language!”

Dr. Kieran Mahan has had an exceptional career in podiatric medicine, with notable contributions in education, research, and leadership. Throughout the podcast episode, Dr. Mahan’s extensive experience and impact on the field are highlighted.

Dr. Mahan’s journey began with his undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto in 1974. He then pursued a master’s degree in biology at the University of Bridgeport and graduated from the Philadelphia College of Podiatric Medicine in 1980. Following his education, Dr. Mann completed a three-year surgical residency program at Doctors Hospital in Tucker, Georgia, under the guidance of renowned podiatrist John Rook.

After his residency, Dr. Mahan returned to Philadelphia and became actively involved with the Pennsylvania College of Podiatric Medicine (PCPM). He held various roles at PCPM, including residency director, clinical dean, associate dean for research, chairman of the Department of Surgery, and dean of academic affairs multiple times. Dr. Mahan’s dedication to education and leadership is evident in his long-standing involvement with the Podiatry Institute and the American Orthopaedic Association (AO), where he served as co-chair for over 20 years.

Dr. Mahan’s impact on the profession extends beyond his roles in education and leadership. He has actively participated in research and secured substantial grants for educational training programs. His commitment to advancing the field of podiatric medicine is evident in his leadership role as chair of the Council on Podiatric Medical Education (CPME) during the pandemic.



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