Dr. Craig Sheedy, a National Champion and current assistant medical director at Northwest Medical Center in Arkansas, was a model student and athlete during his time at the University of Arizona in the mid-to-late 2000s. As if being a member of the Swim & Dive team didn’t take up enough of his time, Dr. Sheedy was also a double major in Biochemistry and Physiology, and excelled at both.
Dr. Sheedy spoke with the College of Science to reflect on his time as an undergraduate and what he is up to these days.
Dr. Craig Sheedy
Current job title: Assistant Medical Director
Hometown: Tempe, AZ
Current town: Bentonville, AR
Degree(s) from UA: Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry & Physiology
College of Science: How was your experience at the University of Arizona?
Sheedy: My time at Arizona was amazing! I appreciate and will always be thankful for the outstanding educators and mentors in CBC. I was active in the department and Biochemistry club, while working in research with Dr. Megan McEvoy performing protein crystallization. As a student-athlete, I was a member of the 2008 National Champion Swimming and Diving teams, and received the Walter Byers postgraduate scholarship from the NCAA.
COS: What came next after graduation?
Sheedy: Since graduation I completed medical school then emergency medicine residency training, both at Vanderbilt in Nashville, TN. I have to give a special shout-out to Tara Archuleta, also a CBC alumnus, who recruited me to Vanderbilt and completed her Ph.D. at the same time.
COS: What does your career look like these days?
Sheedy: Since finishing residency in 2016, I moved to Arkansas with my partner Drew, where I work for SCP Health and serve as the assistant medical director at Northwest Medical Center in Bentonville.
I love my career; there is never a dull moment in the emergency department, as we see everything from heart attacks, strokes, and trauma, up to and including a novel virus pandemic. I also work with 3rd and 4th year medical students, trying my best to pass on the outstanding education that I have received, and was voted Preceptor of the Year in 2019.