A 1999 graduate of Coker, Dr. Phillip Dowdy was a leader on the Cobra men’s tennis team. He was named Coker’s Academic Athlete of the Year in ’99 and was a two-time Academic All-Conference Team member. Additionally, Dowdy was selected as the Outstanding Student of the Year from the Department of Science and Mathematics in ’99 and was president of the Coker College Union from ’97 to ’99.
After Coker, Dowdy earned his doctorate of podiatric medicine from Barry University School of Graduate Medical Sciences in 2006. In 2001, Barry awarded him a podiatric merit scholarship. Prior to going into medicine, Dowdy was a successful MBA student at Marshall University.
Dowdy completed his residency in podiatric medicine and surgery at Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital in Michigan. In addition to his work at the hospital, Dowdy routinely volunteered at a clinic for the working uninsured and provided free foot screenings at health fairs.
The Henry Ford Hospital presented Dowdy with its Outstanding Humanitarian Service Award in 2006 for his dedication and commitment to his profession. He is a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association.
Currently, Dowdy is a doctor of podiatry specializing in foot and ankle surgery, foot and ankle sports medicine, and diabetic wound care at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Ashland, Ky.