Dr. Steven Keehn
My interest in becoming a healthcare provider was sparked as early as my high school years. It all began while lifeguarding at a local pool one summer. At the time, I witnessed a family member drop to the ground. Not having a true understanding of what to do, I felt helpless. It was then I knew pursuing a career path in healthcare was what my heart truly desired. Since then, medicine has always been an integral part of my higher learning and which I am truly passionate about. I watched my father practice as a pediatric Orthopedist, in Baltimore. He made a difference in people’s lives and that was what I wanted to do. Rudolf Virchow once said “Medical education does not exist to provide students with a way of making a living, but to ensure the health of the community.” And so, I set out on my journey to becoming a doctor. I became a lifeguard and first responder. I had the honor of volunteering at the local fire station in high school as well as obtaining my certification as an EMT and Fire Fighter. Upon graduation I attended The George Washington University. They were one of twelve schools in the nation to have a baccalaureate program devoted to Emergency Health Services. There I obtained my undergraduate degree and paramedic certification. Unfortunately, I injured my back and was forced to reexamine my decision to become a first responder. This hurdle led me down the path of pursuing medical school.
I worked as a Scribe in the ER and Paramedic/Fire Fighter in Baltimore while taking post-baccalaureate classes at GW and studying for the MCAT. After completing DO school at Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine I completed my internship/residency in West Islip, NY at Good Samaritan Hospital with focus on emergency medicine and trauma. I had the opportunity to train in New York, New Jersey, and in Baltimore at the prestigious Shock Trauma Center. My first job as a physician took me to Northern California where I launched the first ER Scribe program as well as worked as the Pre-hospital EMS Medical Director. I spent a great deal of time teaching in the clinical setting.
For the past 8 years I have called South Florida my home, working at JFK Medical Center in Atlantis Florida and now exclusively work at JFK North at the medical director. I also spend quite a bit of time investing in the education of the students that rotate with us. Yes, medicine is my passion but so is teaching. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing the light in a student’s eyes when they get to have exciting experiences or understand a new concept. It is my calling as a provider to pass on the knowledge and the excitement to my students. I am the medical director for HCI College in West Palm Beach, FL teaching regular lectures to the EMT/Paramedic students. Additionally, I work in conjunction with local EMS departments. I am the Assistant Medical Director for West Palm Beach Fire Department, Medical Director for Palm Beach Shores Fire Department, Medical Director for Palm Beach County Ocean Rescue and Chairman of the EMS Medical Director’s Association. I look forward to a long career and giving back to my students and the community. Who knows one day one of my students may take care of me or my family down the road!