After graduating from Furman in 1988 and earning a Master’s degree from his
alma mater in 1990, Dr. Feigenbaum began his teaching and coaching career at
Mainland High School in Daytona Beach.
In 1993, he went on to pursue a Ph.D. in physiology at the University of
Florida where his research focused on physiological responses and adaptations
to chronic heart failure. In 1996, Dr.
Feigenbaum returned to Furman and joined the faculty in the Department of
Health Sciences and was also appointed a Clinical Associate and conducted
research at the Greenville Hospital System’s HeartLife Program. While at Furman, he has taught a variety of
courses which currently focus on human anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology,
and the science of aging. He has
received research grants from The Duke Endowment, The Piedmont HealthCare
Foundation, and the YMCA of Greenville and has published in professional journals
to include The American Journal of
Cardiology, Circulation, Pediatrics, and Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. Dr. Feigenbaum has written half-a-dozen textbook
chapters to include contributions to Pollock’s Textbook of Cardiovascular
Disease and Rehabilitation, Resistance Training for Health, Disease
Prevention, and Rehabilitation, and the College Strength and Conditioning
Coaches Association’s Strength and Conditioning Coach Certification Training
Manual. Dozens of students have
conducted research under his mentorship and he truly believes that his greatest
professional achievements are his former students who are pursuing their passions
in medicine, nursing and other allied health fields, and teaching.
Dr. Feigenbaum also served as an Infantry Officer in the United States Army
/ National Guard and has deployed to both Afghanistan and the Middle East as
well as conducted joint training with coalition forces in Saudi Arabia and
Japan. He is a graduate of the U.S.
Army’s Airborne, Ranger, Pathfinder, and Maneuver Captains Career Courses and
was awarded the Combat Infantryman Badge (CIB) and Bronze Star for his post-9/11
Dr. Feigenbaum, a Florida native, and his wife Kathy were Furman classmates
and married the year following graduation. Kathy holds a Master’s degree from the University
of Florida and is a Spanish Teacher at Langston Charter Middle School in
Greenville. Kathy and Matt have four
children: Kasey, Sam, Colby, and Austyn.