Born in Gainesville, Antonio J. Gayoso, MD, is the son of Cuban immigrants. He is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is an active member of The American Society of Plastic Surgeons and The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. He is the chief of plastic surgery at St. Anthony’s Hospital and Bayfront Medical Center.
Dr. Gayoso established his plastic surgery practice in St. Petersburg in 1998 and strives to give back to the community. He has participated in Faith in Practice, an international goodwill mission, providing plastic and reconstructive surgical care in Guatemala. Additionally, Dr. Gayoso is on the local board for the American Cancer Society and participates in My Hope Chest, a charitable organization that provides breast reconstructive surgery for breast cancer survivors without health insurance.
Dr. Gayoso enjoys cycling, running, and triathlons. He loves attending soccer games, swim meets and piano recitals with his wife Jodie and sons, Antonio Jr. and Samuel.
What is the most rewarding part of being a dad?
It’s that lump in your throat when your kids do something great. For me, this happens at piano recitals, soccer games, karate practice, and just when they say something clever.
What is your favorite thing to do with your kids?
We are avid movie watchers. Currently, we are into superheroes.
What is the most challenging part of fatherhood?
Entertaining my sons with something other than a computer game.
Who influenced the kind of father you are?
Whether I try or not or like it or not, I feel like I am a lot like my father. Mostly, I like it.
As a father, how do you view your responsibilities?
The most obvious responsibility is to provide financially for my family. But the most important responsibility is for me to model good behavior for my children.
What advice would you give other fathers?
Listen to your wife.
It is often difficult to balance a career with spending time with your family. How do you deal with this and make time for them?
This is a struggle for me because I run a solo plastic surgery practice and the demands on my time are difficult to control. I try to severely limit my night and weekend work. My goal is to arrive home while there’s still daylight.
What is something people don’t know about you?
As a medical student, I travelled to Ecuador, where I hitchhiked into the rainforest, climbed a mountain (Gua-Gua Pichincha), and ate guinea pig (cuy).
What is your biggest fear?
I was sick with the flu this year and had to cancel and reschedule an entire week of surgeries and office appointments. I guess that I would fear being disabled in some way.
What makes you happy?
I find pleasure in so many ways, such as art, music, movies, food and, of course, my family.
Where is your favorite place to go in Tampa?
I like working in my yard and being home with my wife and kids.