Behind the Scenes - Getting to know Dr. Justo By Elysia Labita on October 08, 2012

We took some time with Dr. Justo off the clock to ask some questions a little different than what he's used to.  We know he's one of the cutting edge surgeons in Phoenix's West Valley for cataract surgery and cosmetic surgery, but what makes him tick?  What makes the man behind the surgeon?  Well, we asked...


If you could be any animal, what would you be and why? 

I would be a lion so as to be "King of the Jungle", the jungle of course referring to my family who I adore and want to protect!


What is your favorite color? 

Blue, the same color as my eyes!


If you could trade places with any other person for a week, famous or not famous, living or dead, real or fictional. with whom would it be?

Donald Trump, as I would love to see how he manages complex companies and a myriad of personalities around him.


What is your favorite movie? 

Any of the "Austin Powers" movies, since I am a sucker for this type of humor!


If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to see ply the lead role as you? 

George Clooney


If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be? 

The original "Batman" so I could have a special gadget to help me get out of any troubling situation!


How would you describe yourself in three words?

Disciplined, committed and silly (only seen by a few)


What did you think you were going to be when you grew up? 

An Obstetrician, until it dawned on me that I may have to get up in the middle of the night (Ughh!)


Which athlete from the past or present would you like to be?

My hero was always Johnny Bench, all-star catcher of the Cincinnati Reds in the 1970s who I emulated on the baseball diamond.


Who has been the biggest influence on your life? What lessons did that person teach you?

My parents, especially my father, always instilled in me a sense of unwavering commitment, tireless work, and high following these guidelines I would be able to achieve anything I set my mind on.


How would you describe yourself? 

I am a loyal follower, a disciplined leader, and a loving father/husband.


Where do you see yourself in 10 years?  20 years?

Professionally, probably doing the same great work I enjoy now, but personally I hope to enjoy more family time and watching my children grow up and mature.


Anything you'd like to know about our great doc?  Let us know the questions you'd like us to ask him!

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Arizona Eye Institute & Cosmetic Laser Center

Ophthalmologist and plastic surgeon Emilio Justo founded Arizona Eye Institute & Cosmetic Laser Center in 1989. With locations in Sun City West, Sun City, and Wickenburg, AZ, we help patients from the Phoenix area and beyond improve and maintain their vision through quality eye care. Our doctors are affiliated with prestigious organizations, including:

  • The American Board of Ophthalmology
  • The American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery
  • The American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • The Arizona Medical Association
  • The Arizona Ophthalmological Society
  • The Phoenix Ophthalmological Society

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