Andres Medina, MD, FACS, has been a Cardiothoracic Surgeon since 1999, specializing in cardiac, thoracic and vascular surgery. Dr. Medina serves as Co-Director of Lakeland Regional Health’s Cardiothoracic Surgery Center. What is your patient care philosophy?It is important that the patient come first.What would you like people to know about you as a physician?I want patients to know that they should not be afraid to ask questions.Why did you decide to become a physician?Being a physician is a field that allows me to help people while also being involved in science.What do you enjoy most about working with patients?I take great satisfaction in seeing lives improve after surgery.When did you know you wanted to be a doctor?My interestin becoming a doctor started when I was 12 years old.How does your work improve lives?My work allows people to return to enjoying their favorite activities.What else would you like to share?I enjoy speaking with patients and families about complex medical problems and seeing lives improve after surgery. My goal is to help them achieve understanding. Proper understanding is the foundation of successful treatment. What are some interesting facts about you?I am bilingual. I enjoy fishing.With what community and volunteer organizations are you involved? I work with the Coastal Conservation Association.