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  • PATRICK'S PEOPLE: Dr. Philip Cedeño is leaving his home of Pittsburg

  • Dr. Philip Cedeño loves Pittsburg, and many patients love him for his surgical skill and compassionate care.



    But Cedeño, a member of the Southeast Kansas Surgical Group, and wife Melissa, former owner of Little Shop of Flowers, feel that it’s time to move on and maybe slow down just a little bit.

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  • Dr. Philip Cedeño loves Pittsburg, and many patients love him for his surgical skill and compassionate care.
    But Cedeño, a member of the Southeast Kansas Surgical Group, and wife Melissa, former owner of Little Shop of Flowers, feel that it’s time to move on and maybe slow down just a little bit.
    “We’ve had lake property for 10 years and enjoyed it in the summers, and I got an opportunity to transition in that area,” Cedeño said. “I’ve joined Northwest Arkansas Surgical in Springdale.”
    He said the move is a return to his wife’s roots, since she graduated from high school in Rogers, Ark.
    Since 1997 they had lived and worked in his hometown, Pittsburg. The son of  the late Pat and Barbara Cedeño, Pittsburg, he graduated from Pittsburg High School in 1974 and then attended Pittsburg State University.
    Cedeño said that it wasn’t until later in high school that he began considering a medical career.
    “I had always loved science, but I knew that I wanted to work with people,” he said. “I talked with Leland Keller, who was the pre-med adviser at PSU, and he said, ‘Give it a try’. Had it not been for him encouraging me, who knows what would have happened. I feel like I did exactly what I was supposed to do.”
    After graduating from PSU, Cedeño attended the University of Kansas School of Medicine, courtesy of the U.S. Air Force.
    “I lived in Pittsburg 21 years before I went away to medical school,” he said. “My first job was as a carrier for The Morning Sun, then I graduated to working in the mail room.”
    He completed his residency as a general surgeon at the Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center while on active duty with the military.
    “In 1987 I went to the Philippines for three years, which was also part of my payback to the Air Force,” Cedeño said.
    He was at McConnell Air Force Base Hospital in Wichita for a year, then started his civilian practice in 1991 at Pratt, followed by his return to Pittsburg in 1997.
    “I joined Dr. Lane Lee,” Cedeño said. “He was one of the first to begin to use laparascopic surgery.”
    Also known as minimally invasive surgery or bandaid surgery, the procedure involves using much smaller incisions. The advantages to patients include less pain, less bleeding and a faster recovery.
    “Laparascopic surgery was first used in gynecology, then spread to more general surgery,” Cedeño said. “We introduced some new procedures during the time I was here. Now this is the much more common way of doing much surgery.”
    He said that the move back to Pittsburg has worked well.
    Page 2 of 2 - “How wonderful it’s been to re-locate here,” Cedeño said. “One of the most wonderful things that could have happened was moving to Pittsburg. Everything just fell into place. There has been a great working environment at the hospital.”
    He also noted that the move allowed his children to spend much quality time with his parents.
    “The kids still talk about them,” Cedeño said. “I know it was very special for my parents, too.”
    Son Aaron has worked in journalism and still loves to write, and son A.J. is currently starting an acting career in New York City. Daughter Ashley works in the field of autism and daughter Alexandra is attending hair styling school in New York.
    “Because of all the time I spent in medical school and in my work, I pretty much owe my children’s upbringing to my wife,” Cedeño said.
    He is grateful to her and grateful also to patients, family and friends in the community.
    “I want to say thank you to everybody,” Cedeño said. “It’s been a great opportunity to practice medicine in southeast Kansas, and a great place to raise a family.”

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