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With Halloween brewing, nearly a dozen surgeons sliced and diced at St. Joseph’s Doc-O-Lantern Pumpkin Carving Contest to create scary masterpieces in just 30 minutes. Surgeons used sophisticated operating room equipment to carve pumpkin monsters, political satires, and health awareness platforms. This year’s winning gourd was carved by St. Joseph’s Vice President of Academic Affairs and cardiothoracic surgeon, Jeffrey Sugimoto, MD. A Doc-O-Lantern newcomer, Dr. Sugimoto slashed out a horrifying Alien creation to steal the trophy from last year’s defending champions—the medical students at Creighton University School of Medicine at St. Joseph’s who this year created a hilarious scene paying tribute to two of their professors.
While the contest showcases the surgeons’ creative abilities, the participating doctors also remind Valley residents about important Halloween safety tips.
“Hospitals all over the nation are haunted by Halloween-related injuries this time of year,” says St. Joseph’s Chief Medical Officer and long-time Doc-O-Lantern contestant Edward Donahue, MD. “As surgeons, we know the importance of safety and of being prepared at all times. We don’t want anyone to have a gory Halloween.”
Jack-o-lantern carving tips include:
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