Nesmith family's medical legacy spans five generations
From left: Brad Nesmith, MD; Richard Nesmith, MD, DMD; and Arthur Marsh Nesmith, MD.
"I always knew I wanted to go into medicine ... I've learned so much from my dad and grandfather."
— Brad Nesmith
The Nesmith family's legacy of healing spans more than 150 years, including three generations of education through the University of Florida College of Medicine. It began during the Civil War when Samuel Nesmith served in the medical corps of the Confederate Army. The tradition continued through Marsh Nesmith, a U.S. Army medic stationed in Germany during World War I; Arthur Marsh Nesmith, MD, a retired Gainesville cardiac surgeon; and Richard Nesmith, MD, DMD, a local plastic and reconstructive surgeon.
The most recent addition to the family business is Brad Nesmith, MD, who recently joined his father’s practice — Nesmith Plastic Surgery Center in Gainesville.
“I also have three sisters who are in the healthcare field — two are nurses and one is a radiology technician,” Richard Nesmith said.
The trio of Nesmith surgeons has combined the art of caring with the science of medicine, treating hundreds of patients during the combined spans of their careers.
“It’s rewarding to see how much our family has grown,” Brad Nesmith said. “I’m the third generation practicing in Gainesville. I often run into doctors and nurses who operated with my grandfather. Others know my dad.”