College of Podiatric Medicine Senior Associate Dean, Dr. Vincent Hetherington, to Retire Effective September 30th

Following nearly 32 years supporting the College of Podiatric Medicine (CPM), as well as the entirety of the podiatric community, Dr. Vincent Hetherington has announced his retirement, effective September 30, 2020. Dr. Hetherington received his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine in 1977, and a Master of Science in Podiatric Surgery in 1981, both from the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine (formerly the Pennsylvania College of Podiatric Medicine). The vast experience and global accolades that followed throughout his career are what makes Dr. Hetherington one of the most influential podiatrists of our time.

Inside our walls, Dr. Hetherington will leave a legacy that forever changed the face of this institution. His tenure at CPM began in 1989 as a Professor and Chairman in the Department of Surgery, shortly after the Dean of Academic Affairs, and ultimately, Senior Associate Dean when the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine was acquired by Kent State University in 2012, a transition in which Dr. Hetherington was a driving force. He has served as residency director for the KSUCPM University Hospital Residency Program, and has been the leader through decades of the College’s accreditation programming.  His “students first” service over three decades has led to amazing progress, change and passion for thousands of CPM graduates.

The Brooklyn, New York native’s impact reaches far beyond the CPM campus in Independence, Ohio, however. Dr. Hetherington is a recipient of a Senior International Fellowship at the National Institute of Health’s Fogarty International Center, has received international invitations in Austria, China, and Korea, and has served on the International Federation of Podiatrists, the International Academy of Podiatric Medical Educators, and the World Congress of Podiatry. Most recently, in 2014, Dr. Hetherington was inducted as a Fellow of the Faculty of Podiatric Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Glasgow.

In effort to leave the profession even stronger, Dr. Hetherington has served on many national and international committees, led various research initiatives, has edited and contributed chapters to three textbooks and played a key role in the writing and editing of over eighty other publications. He also has been played a key role in developing opportunities for students and colleagues to earn international experience through the Foot & Ankle Renaissance CME program, as well as student rotations, both in Italy.

The institution will be forever grateful for the contributions of Dr. Hetherington, and is proud to carry on his 32 year legacy of students first service through the newly established Vincent J. Hetherington, DPM Graduating Student Research Scholarship Award. The award will serve to honor Dr. Hetherington’s passion for research by awarding a graduating student for outstanding research performed and completed while enrolled as a student at CPM. By supporting this newly established scholarship during the University’s Giving Tuesday campaign, your gift will see the maximum benefit through the potential for dollar-for-dollar matches and more, now through December 31, 2020. Keep an eye out for more on how to participate in Giving Tuesday 2020 and make the most out of your gift in honor of Dr. Hetherington this year! The goal is to endow the fund in perpetuity.

Please join CPM in congratulating Dr. Hetherington on his transition into retirement. The coming years will be well-deserved time to spend with his wife Jo, their daughter Nancy and his grandchildren. Dr. Hetherington is hoping to continue his work at CPM in Emeritus Status through student mentorship, guest lectures, research, and furthering CPM international programming.

Click Here to view a full CV of Dr. Hetherington’s career.

POSTED: Wednesday, September 23, 2020 - 3:02pm
UPDATED: Thursday, October 29, 2020 - 8:20am