Sean Kenniff

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Sean Kenniff
Born (1969-11-27) November 27, 1969 (age 45)
Massapequa, New York, U.S.
Alma mater Binghamton University, New York Medical College
Occupation Neurologist
Television Survivor: Borneo

Dr. Sean Kenniff (born November 27, 1969)[1] is an American physician who appeared on the first season of the television show Survivor (Survivor: Borneo), filmed and broadcast in 2000.

Early life[edit]

Kenniff was born in Massapequa, New York, the son of a housewife mother and a New York City Fire Department firefighter father.[1] He graduated from Massapequa High School and received a Bachelor of Science degree in biology at the State University of New York at Binghamton.[1] He received an M.D. at New York Medical College, and did a four-year residency at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center, which is affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine, serving as chief resident his final year.[1]


Appearing on the first season of Survivor, titled Survivor: Borneo, he was the twelfth of sixteen contestants to be eliminated and was dubbed "The Alphabet Killer" for his famous "Alphabet Voting" strategy, in which he cast his votes based on the order of contestants' names in the alphabet.[2] He later claimed[where?] that he chose the system as a way to vote off members of the opposing Pagong tribe, (whose names were all earlier alphabetically than his own tribe) while appearing to do so in a non-deliberate manner.


Kenniff has said that he wants to be a writer; after appearing on Survivor he has made acting appearances on The Guiding Light and has appeared as a medical correspondent on various news programs. He was on the news staff of the television station WFOR-TV, a CBS affiliate in Miami, Florida. He was also a CBS Healthwatch Network Medical Correspondent from 2004-2008. He had a weekly one-minute segment on CBS radio until 2008. In 2000, Kenniff was a syndicated radio columnist for Winstar Radio (his "Survivor Minute" is heard on 200 stations worldwide), and he contributed a weekly health column to the Miami Herald for several years.

Kenniff established a health-news website in 2008,[3] In 2009, Kenniff began the Dr. Sean Show, a weekly Saturday medical call-in show on WFTL 850 AM Radio in South Florida.

In May 2010, Kenniff's novel, Etre the Cow, was published.[4]


Year Title Role
2000 Guiding Light Doctor
2000 Nash Bridges Shane


  • Etre the Cow (2010)


  1. ^ a b c d "Sean". Survivor: Borneo site at Archived from the original on January 3, 2014. 
  2. ^ Schuman, Andrea. "The Doctor Is Still In: An Interview with Sean Kenniff of the Original Survivor". Reality News Online. Reality News Online. p. 2. Archived from the original on July 16, 2012. Retrieved January 22, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Health News You Can Use". Healthapalooza. Retrieved 2010-05-05. 
  4. ^ "Etre the Cow". Retrieved 2010-05-05.