South County Hospital

Q & A with Carole A. Vincent, DO, General surgeon

Dr. Carole Vincent joined the South County Health medical staff in September 2016 where she practices general surgery. A graduate of College of the Holy Cross where she completed her undergraduate studies, she received her medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey School of Osteopathic Medicine. Her career has taken Dr. Vincent to Minnesota, New Jersey and Maryland, before leading her to Rhode Island.

What motivated you to pursue a medical career and become a general surgeon?

I’m not really certain.  My mother tells the story that when I was 10-years-old I became very interested in science, especially biology and the human body, and began telling her and my Dad that I wanted to become a doctor when I grew up.  As I got older, my interests never changed.

What attracted you to South County Health?

After practicing in several surgical groups, I was searching for a community-based hospital where I could build an elective practice while being an integral part of the community. As a bonus, this is a beautiful area.

What types of surgeries do you perform in the course of a day?

My days vary, but some of the procedures I perform include gallbladder surgeries, hernia repairs, breast biopsies, colon resections, thyroid and others.

What do you find unique in your practice as a general surgeon?

It’s rewarding to meet with a patient, diagnose his or her condition and be able to use my surgical skills to heal the problem.  The fact that I take care of men, women and children of varying ages and backgrounds keeps my work very interesting.

What is your philosophy toward patient care?

I believe that each patient should be treated as a unique individual. Patient care goes beyond diagnosing and treating a condition.

How does working in a multi-disciplinary environment such as SCH broaden your professional expertise?

As a surgeon, South County Health’s environment allows me to expand my ability to thoroughly treat and care for my patients with the help of other skilled professionals.

What areas of medicine/surgery, if any, would you like to explore further?

There are always new and exciting technologies in the laparoscopic arena to explore that could result in improved outcomes for our patients.

What are some of your interests outside the scope of your career?

My family and I enjoy the ocean and have recently become new boaters.  We also enjoy all things outdoors such as hiking, road biking and tennis. Having the theater and symphony in both Providence and Boston is also a plus.