Dr. Birkedal grew up in Birmingham, AL. He completed his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry at Florida State University. Next, he earned his medical degree at the University of Alabama School of Medicine. While there, he received the Tinsley-Harrison Scholarship for academic performance and the Gross Anatomy Instructor honor for academic performance, leadership and teaching ability. Finally, he completed a surgical residency at the Baptist Health System in Birmingham, AL.
Prior to joining AdventHealth Daytona Beach, Dr. Birkedal served as the medical director of the Wound Treatment Center and Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Capital Regional Medical Center in Tallahassee.
He has presented internationally on several topics, including “Biopsy Fragment Supernates: A New Modality for the Rapid Diagnosis of Lung Cancer” and has written textbook chapters for Emedicine Textbook of Surgery.