Love of the Game Sets Up Success in the Specialty
Stuart Florida Plastic Surgeon P. Dudley Giles, M.D. was featured in the July/August edition of ASPS news, a newsletter put out by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. The article examines the relationship between Dr. Giles college sports achievements and his professional success as one of South Florida’s leading breast and body plastic surgeons.
Dudley Giles, MD, felt quite alone on the pitcher’s mound during a game with his Westminster College baseball Titans. He had surrendered three runs before his team even came to bat – and before his opponent had made its first out. However, the mettle he conjured during that half-inning came to serve him well throughout the remainder of his college pitching career – and into his career as a plastic surgeon – as he finished that game with no more damage.
Dr. Giles says that lesson and others learned on the diamond have regularly resurfaced in many, unexpected ways. ”I preach to my son, a golfer, that you’re never done until the last out of the game or you’re out of the last hole,” he says. “It’s not over until it’s over – you keep plugging along, whatever the pursuit.”
“Becoming successful, whether it be in sports or in his South Florida operating room, not only require physical skills and hand-eye coordination, Dr. Giles says, but also demand the mindset to persevere when problems and setbacks emerge.”