Rohan Joseph, MD, FCACS
Director of the Cancer Center at Capital Regional Medical Center in Tallahassee
Clinical Assistant Professor at Florida State University
FCACS Councilor, CoA 2
Chair, FCACS Advocacy Committee
What is the best part of your occupation?
The best part of my occupation is seeing my patients who I have operated on in follow up doing well and cured of the surgical problem they originally came to see me for. Also being able to perform the full spectrum of general surgery in Tallahassee (breast, endocrine and advanced GI surgery).
How did you become interested in surgery?
I had an excellent hands on experience on my rotation in medical school with with attendings and residents who loved teaching and imparted their love of surgery to their students and trainees.
How did you become involved with the FCACS?
I ran into Dr. Dobbertien (who had interviewed me in 2016 for ACS fellowship) at the FMA in 2017. I was on the delegation representing Capital Medical Society. He encouraged me to join and in fact went out of his way to get me involved with the chapter and specifically in the advocacy committee in which I had expressed interest by sending an email to Dr. Byers that very same day. D.r Byers responded in a couple of hours also welcoming me to the society!
Explain how you benefit from being a member of the FCACS?
You immediately become a member of a group of likeminded surgeons who are a part of something bigger than oneself or career who want to give back to the surgical profession and better the care of the surgical patient. You also develop friendships with colleagues at different stages in their career outside of your hospital whom you would have never met otherwise and be mentored by their stories and experiences. I specifically want to mention Dr. Armstrong, Dr. Nair and Dr. Dobbertien who have given me sound advice while navigating surgical advocacy.
How has the FCACS enhanced your career as a surgeon? Why should a young surgeon join the FCACS?
It has afforded me the opportunity to be involved with surgical advocacy at the highest level in Florida through our advocacy committee and collaborating with other specialty societies to affect legislation that impacts Florida’s surgical patients and surgeons. It secondarily also opens opportunities for involvement at the national ACS.
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 more surgeons proudly going into community general surgery and doing a broad spectrum of cases. I would also like to see leadership in national surgical organizations to reflect more community surgeons.
What are your hobbies outside of the office?
I enjoy spending time with my wife Beth and my children, Zachary and Zoë.
What is something surprising that most people do not know about you?
I won 2 silver medals at the choral Olympics in Bremen, Germany in 2004. I won the ACS South Texas Chapter resident Jeopardy contest in 2008 and 2013.
Is there anything I did not ask that you would like me to mention in the article?
In the words of Dr Barbara Bass who was my chair in residency, the practice of surgery is a ‘joy and privilege’.