Pasco, Hillsborough & Pinellas, FL - Medical Center of Trinity announces that Dwayne Ledesma, MD, general and vascular surgeon, on staff at Medical Center of Trinity, was named this year's Physician of the Year.

The Physician of the Year award was recently presented at the Nursing Year in Review celebration. It is presented to a member of the medical staff who supports the mission, vision, and values of the nursing department and works as a team member to provide exceptional service to every patient, every time. The Physician of the Year is the nurses' choice award selected by the nurses of the hospital. The characteristics that are embodied in the award are: integrity, professionalism, accountability, responsiveness, teamwork, nurturing, empathy, and respect.

Dr. Ledesma's nomination emphasized his treatment of his patients with respect and _patience_. He allows patients and their family members to ask questions and air out concerns. His patients' families always feel informed of their progress as one nurse stated, "Dr. Ledesma is a pleasure to work with. He embodies the qualities of our physician of the year."

Dr. Ledesma's care philosophy states that he is dedicated to providing comprehensive care in general and vascular surgery. Dr. Ledesma is board certified in both general surgery and vascular surgery. He received his medical degree from the renowned Northwestern University Medical School and completed residency at Baylor University and a fellowships at Union Memorial Center for vascular intervention in Baltimore and the University of Texas.