Magnolia Regional Medical Center announces the retirement of Dr. Moises Menendez, General Surgeon, effective June 30, 2020. A pillar in the South Arkansas community for over 40 years, Dr. Menendez has decided it is time to retire and start to focus on family and his hobbies.

Hospital CEO Rex Jones said in a statement, “We are truly sad to see Dr. Menendez retire. He has provided excellent surgical care for our community for years and his skills as a surgeon have been impeccable. He is a man who demands perfection and accepts no less in making sure his patients were taken care of both during and after surgery. He will be missed.”

Dr. Menendez, a native of Peru, completed his medical education in 1964 at Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia in Peru. He received General Surgeon residency training at University of Colorado in Denver, and Ohio Valley Medical Center in West Virginia. He completed his training with a Vascular Surgery fellowship at the University of Tennessee in 1976.

Dr. Menendez began his professional career at the Medical Center of South Arkansas in El Dorado in 1977, where he remained until 2009. He spent a year in practice at the Baylor Comprehensive Wound Clinic before returning to South Arkansas in 2010 to join the Magnolia Surgical Clinic.

In addition to his surgical practice, Dr. Menendez is known across South Arkansas for his artistic abilities. His pieces are frequently featured in exhibits across the state, as well as privately commissioned pieces for individuals. He had always been a huge supporter of the hospital and often donates his talent to the Hospital Foundation and provides a free custom painting to be auctioned to raise money for the Foundation.

The hospital is planning a retirement reception to honor Dr. Menendez. Due to the constraints in place from the COVID pandemic, plans have not been released yet.