Zucel Solc, MD

Dr. Solc is a dad of 27- and 25-year-old daughters. He is a radiation oncologist in private practice and a founding partner of WellSpring Oncology in Pinellas Park, FL

What was the biggest challenge you faced while your wife was pregnant, and how did you overcome it? I think that the biggest challenge was to see her when she didn’t feel well during the first three months of her pregnancy. I was in awe of her and the fact that we were going to be parents, and I felt a deep sense of wanting to protect and emotionally support her. She was so great! Patience, understanding, and communication were components that forged an even stronger bond and love for each other and our children. As an aside, we joke that we had an unplanned gift as both of our daughters were born on a weekend, so I didn’t have to take any time off.

What’s the most surprising lesson that being a dad has taught you? I never thought I could unconditionally love people so much as I do with my girls. They teach me something new every day!

What’s the one bit of advice about fatherhood you wish someone had given you much earlier? Be yourself and use common sense. You are a part of this team called “family,” and there is nothing stronger than that. It is extremely important that you and your spouse or significant other communicate and parent together.

What’s the one thing about being a new dad that shouldn’t be missed? Everybody has priorities in life. Mine was to participate in their care as much as possible.

What’s the most overrated thing about fatherhood? There is nothing overrated about fatherhood. It takes a lot of unconditional love, patience, and understanding, and it is a very serious responsibility.

Why are fathers important? Dads are important because we are the role models to our children. There are many factors that make up being a good dad, and my wife has always and continues to play a very large role in this — she is the one I have to thank. I might be the doctor, but she nurses everyone and keeps us all in line. My wife is the most exceptional person in the world, and watching my children become the next versions of ourselves is the most beautiful thing in the world.

Career, marriage, kids … how does a guy stay sane? You need to learn how to balance your priorities, and my wife and daughters are my top priority. My second priority is my career and role as a physician. Hobbies, exercise, and other interests are important, and I am lucky to have my wife who helps me keep this balance.

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