Phoenix surgeons compete in pumpkin-carving competition

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- They have some of the best hands in the world, and more than a dozen surgeons at St. Joseph's Hospital went from the operating room to the carving table for an annual competition.

They tested their scalpel skills at the St. Joseph's Doc-o-Lantern Pumpkin Carving Contest. 

"It's a lot of fun," said Dr. Kevin Potter, gastrointestinal minimally invasive surgeon at St. Joseph's. "It's a way to bring the community of St. Joseph's together and huddle around all these fantastic surgeons who have a lot of skill and creativity."

This year's theme was patriotic or political. Participants only had a certain amount of time to finish their pumpkins.

One surgeon painted his pumpkin red, white, and blue before the carving began, which was allowed. The pumpkin ended up being Captain America.

There was one about President Obama's health care law, and Mitt Romney's quote about "binders full of women."

But the winner was Dr. Potter, who used vegetables along with his pumpkin.

"It's an homage to the presidential debates," Potter said. "It's Bob Schiffer and his mane of beautiful silver hair, and the presidential candidates Mitt 'Hominey,' a little play on words, and 'Baroccoli Obamey.'"

But he had some help.

"All the credit goes to my wife, Crystal," Potter said. "This was her idea."