Patrick Dial, M.D., earned his medical degree from Tulane University in New Orleans and completed his surgical residency at Charity Hospital, Louisiana State University, and his General Surgery Fellowship and Clinical Fellowship in Surgical Oncology at Lahey Clinic Medical Center in Boston. He later served as Chief Resident, General Surgery, at Louisiana State University in New Orleans. He is certified by the American Board of Surgery and a Fellow of The American College of Surgeons. He is also a member of the Southeastern Surgical Society, the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons and the American Society of Breast Surgeons.
For this month’s Health Talk, the Baton Rouge, La. native and father of five discusses his practice, the most challenging part of his job, and what he loves to do when he’s not helping his patients.
IN: What led you into surgery, and specifically, oncological surgery?
DR. DIAL: There were many fields that I considered going into, but I chose oncological surgery because of the instant gratification of helping others.
IN: What does your typical workday involve?
DR. DIAL: A typical day for me usually involves patient consults, performing surgeries and seeing patients in my outpatient clinic.
IN: What’s the best part of your job?
DR. DIAL: There is no doubt that the best part of my job is the satisfaction I receive by helping others.
IN: What’s the most challenging part of your job?
DR. DIAL: The unfortunate position of telling patients and family members about a terminal prognosis.
IN: When you’re not in the office, what do you enjoy doing?
DR. DIAL: Playing tennis and going fishing.
For more information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Dial, contact:
West Florida Medical Group
2130 E. Johnson Ave., Suite 140