Eric Monaco, MD

University of South Florida

From the swamp town of Gainesville, Florida.

First name Eric after grandfather Everett “Eric” Erickson.

Last name Monaco, originally Lo Monaco from Sicily.

Grew up with my twin sister Amanda, parents Toby and Lynn, and my grandparents living in the same town.

Born and raised fanatic of the University of Florida Gators.

Studied Biology, Anthropology and Spanish at UF.

Learned Spanish living in Valparaiso, Chile during undergrad. Traveled to Patagonia, Peru, and most of Central America.

Went to medical school at the University of South Florida in Tampa, and helped start Tampa Bay Street Medicine for people experiencing homelessness in Ybor City.

Favorite pastimes: playing in waves, comfortable silences, wilderness, gardening, inspiring literature, tasty coffee, Frisbee, sailing, fishing, rock skipping

Greatest honor: delivering family remembrance at Grandma Ruth’s funeral

Favorite job: Tie, between Chipotle and UF’s wilderness outing program (and being a resident at Ventura;)

Parallel universe careers other than medicine: marine ecology, wilderness therapy

Interests in medicine: broad spectrum medicine, healthcare for the underserved, street medicine, rural medicine, IHS, MSF, environmental health, social medicine, harm reduction, palliative care, integrative medicine, single-payer healthcare systems

Quote to live by: Live each day in Radical Amazement