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The Flight Surgeon: Darin Kennedy, MD, FAAFP

Updated: Feb 5

Darin Kennedy, born and raised in Winston-Salem, NC, is a graduate of Wake Forest University and Bowman Gray School of Medicine. After completing family medicine residency in Roanoke, Virginia with Carilion Health System, he served eight years as a United States Army physician, first as a flight surgeon for 1-10 Cavalry, 4th Infantry Division at Fort Hood, Texas for two years before working with basic trainees at Fort Benning, Georgia and training the next generation of army family physicians at the Martin Army Community Hospital Family Medicine Residency. He wrote his first novel in the sands of northern Iraq while deployed with 101st Airborne Division in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom I from 2003-2004.

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After leaving the military in 2008, he joined the faculty at Atrium Health Carolinas Medical Center Family Medicine Residency in Charlotte, NC where he has continued to train family medicine residents for the last 14 years in addition to taking care of his own patient panel. He embraces the generalist nature of family medicine, enjoying pediatric, adult, and geriatric patients alike, and relishes his role as the go-to person for minor surgical procedures in the office.

His first published novel, The Mussorgsky Riddle, was born from a fusion of two of his lifelong loves: classical music and world mythology. The Stravinsky Intrigue continues those same themes, and his Fugue & Fable series culminates in The Tchaikovsky Finale. His The Pawn Stratagem contemporary fantasy series, Pawn’s Gambit, Queen’s Peril, and King’s Crisis combines contemporary fantasy, superheroics, and the ancient game of chess. His YA novel is Carol, a modern-day retelling of A Christmas Carol billed as Scrooge meets Mean Girls. His short stories can be found in numerous anthologies and magazines, and the best, particularly those about a certain Necromancer for Hire, are collected under Darin’s imprint, 64Square Publishing.

Doctor-by-day and novelist-by-night, he writes and practices medicine in Charlotte, NC. When not engaged in either of the above activities, he has been known to strum the guitar, enjoy a bite of sushi, and rumor has it he even sleeps on occasion. Find him online at

Dr. Kennedy’s Prescription for Success:

Number 1: Don’t figure out what you want to be, figure out what you are.

Number 2: Don’t be afraid your creative side. Don’t be afraid to explore new things.

Number 3: Don’t be afraid to ask for what it is you need to be the best person you can be.

Number 4: Don’t let anyone ever tell you that it’s too late to do something.

Connect with Dr. Kennedy

Website: Facebook: Darin Kennedy Instagram: @Darinkennedyauthor Notable quotes from Dr. Kennedy’s interview:

You never know who was going to walk in the door, so you were ready at all times.
Everything has its ups and everything has its downs and everything has its challenges.
Figure out what you are – and be that.
Don’t be afraid to explore your creative side.

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