"During the cold and very cold months," says Mayo Clinic Cardiologist Dr. Francisco Jimenez-Lopez, "I watch movies with my wife, read, enjoy the snow with my fat bike and Choco, my dog, and spend countless hours sitting and enjoying the fire in our wood-burning fireplace. This is the best mindfulness and meditation technique I know!"
Dr. Jimenez-Lopez serves as chairman of the Division of Preventive Cardiology, professor at Mayo Medical School, director of research at the Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center and co-director of Artificial Intelligence in Cardiology.
"During the not-too-cold months," he continued, "We camp with our RV and I hike, do leisure boating, road biking and running. I also take care of my fruit trees and spend half of the summer fighting the Japanese beetles.
"I am married to a wonderful woman, Angelica Ledesma, thanks to whom I am often called Mr. Ledesma," he said. The couple has three grown children and a new grandchild.
Please describe your style.
Perhaps a mix of a non-conforming personality, attraction to colors, appreciation for new things, mixed with nostalgia for the old.
Inspiration from family, friends?
Certainly. In Latino culture, there is a day-to-day worshiping of aesthetics. If you can make something pretty, make it pretty and pleasing to the sight. And this is not to show off, feel superior or anything like that. It is just the simple principle that aesthetics is important in life and a manifestation of appreciation and respect to those around you.
Has your style changed with time?
Absolutely. As a teen, I would try to dress simply but with coordinated colors. After getting married and with three children to feed for all my medical training, I bought most of my wardrobe from second-hand stores like Savers and Salvation Army. You know, food, shelter and books come first! When I started working as staff at Mayo, I realized I hadn’t bought a new pair of pants in years. So, at a blink of an eye, my liking for clothing came back. First thing I did was to get a handmade tailored suit.
How does your style reflect your interests?
I love nature, colors, music, poetry, outdoors activities, traveling, history and dancing. Of course, I love medicine and science. My style reflects those interests in many ways. I have colored ties, many with flowers and nature’s patterns. When traveling, I don’t buy souvenirs, but a piece of clothing made locally, like a tie, a belt or a shirt. They will bring up nice memories of my travels.
Please tell us what you wear when working and beyond.
At work, I dress in suits or coordinated coats and pants. People ask me if my wife chooses my clothing, especially my ties. I take that as a compliment with the perplexing realization that aesthetics is generally associated with the female gender. … Casual and sports dressing would be according to the moment. I also tend to dress according to the mood of the day.
What do you hope your style says about you?
That I care about people around me. That I am supportive and creative. That I can conform to norms, but at the same time I can always think out of the box. That I don’t want to be defined by a stereotype.
What should every well-dressed man have in his wardrobe?
Nice and clean shoes. A must is a shoes-polishing box with dye, plus black, brown and neutral wax, brushes and a piece of fabric to shine the shoes, like the good old times. Nothing makes a man look more disheveled than torn and worn dirty shoes. Also, long and dark scarfs, leather gloves, old-fashioned white handkerchiefs, a non-electronic watch and a metallic pen — a plus if it is a fountain pen. They don’t have to be expensive to be nice.
Do you have a priceless sentimental item?
I used to — until I realized that having sentimental material items sets you for sadness and frustration because sooner or later you will lose it, break it or you would need to give it away.
Things in your wardrobe people would find surprising?
Flannel shirts. Double-layer working pants and cowboy boots.
Anything especially "Minnesota" about your style?
An aviator hat, double layered jeans and winter boots when walking my dog.
I think style is very personal and something everybody develops over time and is influenced by many things. The goal is to feel comfortable with yourself.
A must is a shoes polishing box with dye, plus black, brown and
neutral wax, brushes and a piece of fabric to shine the shoes, like
the good old times. Nothing makes a man look more disheveled than
torn and worn dirty shoes.
A must is a shoes polishing box with dye, plus black, brown and neutral wax, brushes and a piece of fabric to shine the shoes, like the good old times. Nothing makes a man look more disheveled than torn and worn dirty shoes.