Jose Pimiento, MD, FACS
Surgical Oncologist at Moffitt Cancer Center
Medical Director of Surgical Inpatient Services
Chair, FCACS Surgical Education Committee
What is the best part of your occupation?
Having the privilege to take care of patients undergoing treatment for complex gastrointestinal malignancies. I am always amazed at my patients’ courage while facing the always though times after their diagnosis. I treasure being part of their personal journey, sharing with them, supporting them, and partnering with them to provide them with hope.
How did you become interested in surgery?
As a medical student back in my country of origin, Colombia, I had the privilege to spend some time in an international rotation with Dr. Stanley J. Dudrick at the Bridgeport Hospital in Connecticut. Dr. Dudrick was one of the premier surgeon scientists in the U.S. He was the Surgeon who developed Total Parenteral nutrition. He made me realized that a surgeon had to be a humanist, a first-rate clinician, a knowledgeable and careful medical doctor, a patient advocate and teacher, a researcher, and at the same time, a very skilled technician. This combination of traits made me realize that surgery was the only path that I wanted to follow to feel fulfilled in my profession.
How did you become involved with the FCACS?
Since I was a surgical resident in Connecticut, I became involved in the local ACS chapter and benefitted greatly from the opportunities given to residents. Particularly, I had the opportunity to present my research work in a more friendly environment than the national meetings and to interact and learn from my peers in the State. Now, as an attending, I have found the collegiality and partnership of the Florida Chapter of the ACS and incredible venue to meet, interact, and learn from my colleges and to mentor students and residents, including those outside Moffitt
How has the FCACS enhanced your career as a surgeon? Why should a young surgeon join the FCACS?
The pressures of a new practice in a university hospital, in a medical group or as a hospital employee, are immense for young surgeons. Becoming a member of a local association such as the FCACS can provide them with opportunities to meet mentors, who may help them navigate these complicated waters. The FCACS also can help the surgeon build a professional community with colleagues of all different backgrounds that can enrich their life, provide support and help them have a more successful practice. Additionally, the FCACS provides the practicing surgeon with educational opportunities, with opportunities to grow professionally and also opportunities to mentor trainees.
What would you like to see occur in the field of surgery (i.e., scientific advances, greater awareness of the field, etc.) during your career?
I would like to see many advances among them:
What are your hobbies outside of the office?
I like to spend time with my kids, before the pandemic we spent most the time training basketball and I enjoyed teaching them the basics of the game. I also enjoy reading about ancient history and have found some historical podcasts that lighten my days.
What is something surprising that most people do not know about you?
My wife and I were runners-up in “dancing with the Docs” a dancing competition at Moffitt to raise funds for cancer research.
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