Francis “Chip” D. Moore, Jr., M.D., was almost an architect, or, more likely, a city planner.
But during the administration of President Richard M. Nixon in the 1970s, the “Great Society” funding for city planning programs dried up. Moore was working toward in his undergraduate degree, and he needed to find something else to do.
“I’d done quite a bit of science, and was essentially pre-med,” said Moore, a professor in the UF College of Medicine and a renowned endocrine surgeon in UF Health’s department of surgery. “And as far as surgery went, I had some legacy in that.”
Moore’s father, Francis Moore, M.D., was a surgical giant, who had appeared on the cover of Time magazine as a pioneer in numerous surgical procedures. When the younger Moore entered medical school and started taking care of patients, he found he liked the episodic aspect of patient care that characterizes surgery.
“It’s rarely lengthy longitudinal care,” Moore said. “I’m able to be a part of many different people’s journeys to a better quality of life.”
Although Moore has become an expert in endocrine surgery over the years, he spent his first five years of practice purely as a general abdominal surgeon. He started to blend in endocrine surgery after that, and the rest is history.
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