Hi, I’m Matt Pridgeon. I am a 2nd year fellow at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. I grew up in Michigan two hours south of Grand Rapids in a small farming community. I first experienced Grand Rapids as an undergraduate at Hope College in nearby Holland, MI. I quickly fell in love with West Michigan during my time at Hope, so I had a bittersweet departure when I left for buckeye territory to attend medical school at The Ohio State University. My wife and I were excited to return to Michigan for residency here at HDVCH and even more delighted to have the privilege to continue my training here with the acceptance into the Peds Heme/Onc fellowship.
Having trained as a resident at HDVCH, I’ve had the unique opportunity of having an inside look at the Heme/Onc program. I was constantly impressed. The division sees a large volume of patients that has representation from the “common” and extremely “rare” diagnoses both within oncology and hematology. The physicians and staff within the division are extremely dedicated to their patients and families. This dedication leads to excellent medical care as well as what has become my model for great physician/patient relationships. The division also has a commitment to excellence in education. As a resident, I was taught more than just the pathophysiology and medical management of the patients I was seeing; learning points also included ways to approach the difficult conversations, professional career advice, and tips on becoming a well-rounded physician. These defining attributes of the program were extremely attractive to me as a fellowship candidate. The program provides a terrific experience such that fellows receive excellent training and professional mentorship.
As far as a couple things about myself, I met my wife Laura during undergrad at Hope College. She too grew up just outside Grand Rapids, and already knew about the vibrant city and the many other benefits to the lakeshore community. We have 2 young daughters that keep us very busy, Kate and Olivia. We spend as much time as we can outside with family runs, hikes, or bike rides. Laura and I are also enjoying many newly discovered activities and venues around town that we were unaware of until we became parents.