Name: Hugo Palacios, M.D.
Title, Position: Burn, reconstructive and plastic, hand surgeon
Location: JMS Burn and Reconstructive Center | Jackson, Mississippi
Where were you born?
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Tell us about your family.
“I am the youngest of three brothers, who live in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, with my parents. Currently, they all work together in our different restaurant businesses.”
What are your hobbies?
“I’m certainly a car enthusiast, but I also enjoy catching up on great movies in my free time, as well as exercising. The former was brought on by growing up watching my father and brothers who shared the same interest.”
Why did you choose burn care/BRCA?
“I believe burn victims suffer one of the most challenging grievances a human being can endure. During my general and trauma surgery training, I witnessed many high percentage burn injuries that forever marked me as a physician and surgeon. Therefore, I pursued advanced training in burn & plastic reconstructive surgery at Jacobi Medical Center in New York City. Many victims also suffered debilitating hand injuries, which prompted completing a plastic hand surgery fellowship at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. I find that the BRCA network encompasses all my interests in surgery, treating a diverse patient population where I can exercise all areas of subspecialty training, as well as continued education.”
What is the favorite part of your job?
“I definitely enjoy helping patients that have undergone such devastating injuries strive forward and continue their “new normal” lives. Many of them require extensive care and we become intertwined in their day–to–day routines.”
“Pain and suffering is something that is always challenging to see, especially in young victims or children, even more so when there is a loss. You always want to see patients improve and survive.”
What gets you out of bed in the morning?
“I have a hefty French bulldog that snores pretty loud in the hallway. I believe that’s the first thing I hear when I wake up. Other than that, I’d have to say my obligation to work and patient care. I take pride in what I contribute to my particular healthcare field. Each and every person in the healthcare industry is essential and have always been, not just now in these trying times. I believe that our sacrifices should be emphasized, respected and always remembered.”
What is your biggest achievement to date – personal or professional?
“My biggest achievement was becoming the first doctor and surgeon in my family, as well as completing further subspecialty training, where I have sacrificed precious time away from loved ones in pursuit of greater education. It is certainly a privilege to join Dr. Lineaweaver, a well-respected figure in plastic surgery, as well as the incredible staff at the JMS Burn and Reconstructive Center who provide excellent care and play an important role in Mississippi and neighboring southern states. This would make me the first surgeon from my beautiful Puerto Rico to join BRCA.”
What did you want to be when you grew up? And why?
“Growing up, I wanted to be a self-sufficient businessman like my father and brothers. This is self-explanatory, for me, given the great example they have provided, as well as the supportive and instructive role of my mother. However, life experiences and education shaped the person that I am today in my core field. I believe there is place for one to pursue all interests in a lifetime, as long as you don’t compromise your achievements and main goals.”