Physician spotlight: Lincoln Jiménez, MD
From the day he was born, Dr. Lincoln Jiménez was a man of two nations. He was born in a small town in Colombia in South America, but his given name, which his father propitiously selected, came from North America.
"My dad was a good reader of the World Almanac, and he liked the story of Abraham Lincoln," Dr. Jiménez says. "And that's where he got the name. He thought it was a good story, and he thought Lincoln was a good man. That's why I was named Lincoln."
Decades later, Dr. Jiménez would find his way to the United States, first during a neurosurgical residency in Puerto Rico, then during a two-year fellowship in Cincinnati under the mentorship of Dr. Andrew Ringer, and finally, in 2017, as a newly employed neurosurgeon at Mayfield Brain & Spine.
The bilingual surgeon wasn't always sure that he wanted to become a doctor. As an adventurous and scientifically curious young man, he trained in aviation and thought he might become an engineer or aviation professional. Eventually, he decided he could "give more to people by being a doctor."
Dr. Jiménez (pronounced Him-EN-ez) earned his medical degree from Universidad Metropolitana de Barranquilla in Colombia. Following his fellowship in Cincinnati, he became Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery and Medical Director of Cerebrovascular and Endovascular Surgery at the University of Florida, Jacksonville. In 2015 he moved to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola, Florida, and in 2017, with Dr. Ringer's encouragement, he returned to Cincinnati.
"I have great respect for Dr. Ringer, who is my professor," Dr. Jiménez says. "I respect him a lot. He had been talking to me about what Mayfield had to offer, what we could do as partners. I believe both of us, together, can enhance the vascular program here in Cincinnati."
Like Dr. Ringer, Dr. Jiménez's subspecialty is vascular and endovascular neurosurgery. "I deal with vascular problems that may appear in the head or the spine," he says. "During endovascular procedures we work inside the vessels with catheters. Open surgery is the older, traditional type of surgery, but we still use those techniques for the management of these conditions."
Dr. Jiménez no longer works with airplanes, although he would like to do so again someday. His current hobbies keep him well grounded. "My main hobby is being with my family, with my wife and kids," he says. "I enjoy reading to my children."
Like their father, the Jiménez children have roots in two nations. The oldest reads in both English and Spanish, and her younger sister is soon to follow.
~ Cindy Starr
Above: Dr. Jiménez with Mayfield associates at the 2017 Tri-State Brain Aneurysm Support Group Walk.