SMH Welcomes New General Surgeon, Former U.S. Air Force Colonel to Sarasota

Sarasota Memorial Health Care System welcomed a new general surgeon and former U.S. Air Force colonel to the health system’s First Physicians Group (FPG) network and community last Monday.

Eric Suescun, MD, FACS, joined Steven Halbreich, MD in FPG’s General Surgery practice on July 4.  A board certified general surgeon and military veteran who spent years caring for injured soldiers and civilians in Afghanistan and other war-torn countries, Dr. Suescun relocated and accepted the FPG position after retiring from the Air Force’s 88th Surgical Operations Squadron in June.

He came to Sarasota from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Medical Center in Dayton, Ohio, where he worked the past 4 years as a general surgeon and as Chair of the Department of Surgery from 2012 to 2015.  During that time, he also served as Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at Wright State University/Boonshoft School of Medicine and Assistant Professor at the Uniformed Services University/F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine in Bethesda.  Additionally, he was Chief of Surgery at the federal medical center at Nellis Air Force Base from 2009-2012 and held leadership roles at Andrews Air Force Base, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, the largest U.S. military hospital outside the United States.

Dr. Suescun is fluent in Spanish and provides a full spectrum of general surgery services, from routine to emergency and critical care, to pediatric and adult surgical patients. His specialties include a full range of endocrine, breast, hepatobiliary, hernia, foregut, thyroid, colorectal, minimally invasive, and anterior spinal exposures.

He earned his medical degree in 1995 from the University of Texas Health Science Center Medical School at Houston, Texas; completed an internship in general surgery at Wilford Hall Medical Center, Lackland AFB; and surgical residency at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 2000. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, member of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons and an instructor and mentor to new physicians.

During 21 years of active duty with the Air Force, he completed four military deployments in support of MEDFLAG, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom as the primary or sole general surgeon providing 24/7 routine humanitarian and emergency surgical and critical care to the local national population, NATO and United States military forces, civilians, and contractors. During his service, he completed specialized medical training in trauma and emergency war surgery, medical combat support, and served as a member of the Air Force’s Critical Care Aeromedical Transport Team.

In addition to elective procedures scheduled through FPG’s General Surgery practice, Drs. Suescun and Halbreich provide 24/7 emergency-call coverage for hospitalized patients, emergency room consults and procedures and backup coverage for general surgeons in the community. For information or appointments, call (941) 917-1579 or visit FPG’s General Surgery practice, 1921 Waldemere St., Ste. 504.