Robert Hadfield, DPM
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When Dr. Hadfield was fifteen years old, he had a terrible accident while riding his horse. The horse fell on him, shattering the bones of his leg. After nearly six months of rehabilitation, he was able to walk normally thanks in great part to excellent care and medical technology. It was this accident that lead him into the field of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery.
Dr. Hadfield is a graduate of the Penn Presbyterian residency program, where he studied for four years under the guidance of some of the leaders in the field of Podiatric Medicine, including Michael Downey, Scot Malay, Alan Mlodzienski and Harold Schoenhaus. This education afforded him a knowledge both of the most common conditions of the the foot and ankle as well as the rare and challenging. Dr. Hadfield earned his degree from the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine. His time in Philadelphia was invaluable. He was able to see a wide variety of pathology and an even wider variety of cultural and economic variation.
Dr. Hadfield earned his Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Utah. His love of reading and writing lead him to pursue this course of study and he believes it vital to his mode of practice. He believes open and constructive communication is the key to a meaningful understanding of one another. He believes that all pursuits in medicine are an art as much as a science and that medicine is ultimately a humanity above all else.
Dr. Hadfield grew up in a small suburb of Salt Lake City, Utah, where he was able to live both the country and the city lifestyle. He spent summers riding horses and rounding cattle and spent the rest of the year in the suburbs. He feels that this mixture was both an ideal way to grow up and an integral part of his ability to relate to people from all walks of life.
John Keats wrote, “until we are sick, we understand not”. That life-changing event in teenage years laid the foundation for Dr. Hadfield’s future career path, but it also profoundly influenced his approach to a patient after being a patient himself.