Dr. Guggino is a second-generation American. His maternal and paternal grandparents emigrated from
Sicily in the late 1800s to Tampa Florida. They became involved in the cigar industry and farming.
Guggino’s father, Joe, worked for the Seaboard Air Line Railroad for a period of 40 years as a
painter. His mother Giovanna hand rolled Churchill cigars at Santaella and Garcia Y Vega cigar
factories also for 40 years.
Guggino attended St. Joseph grammar school and Jesuit high school in Tampa Florida. He studied at
the University of Tampa under a music scholarship and graduated with a dual major in Science and
English. He matriculated at the University of Miami medical school in Miami Florida. After his
junior year he married Judy Gayzik of Orlando Florida. Following his graduation he did a rotating
internship at Tampa General Hospital. He joined the United States Public health service where he
was stationed in Staten Island New York. It was there that Dr. Guggino and Judy’s two sons, Joseph
and Steven were born. During his four-year stay in Staten Island he did a year of general surgery,
two years of ophthalmology research in glaucoma and a year of residency in ophthalmology. He
completed his residency in ophthalmology at George Washington University in Washington DC. He
studied an additional year at the National Children’s Medical Center in Washington where he
completed his fellowship In Pediatric Ophthalmology under the tutelage of Marshall M Parks, M.D. I
Dr. Jack Guggino and his family returned to Tampa Florida in 1974 were he began his solo practice
specializing in Pediatric Ophthalmology at 3109 Swann Ave. In 1987 he moved to a 10,000 ft.²
facility next door at 3115 Swann Ave. After 26 years of managing a five physician practice he has
returned to his roots at 3109 Swann Ave. Dr. Guggino continues his ophthalmological and surgical
practice of pediatric ophthalmology and adult strabismus. On the does she have a list there is half
Dr. Guggino has written numerous papers relating to the disciplines of general surgery and general
and pediatric ophthalmology. He served as ophthalmologist for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for 20 years
and as ringside physician and Commissioner for the State of Florida boxing commission for 16 years.
He is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, a member of the American Association For
Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, a Fellow of the American College of surgeons, the
Hillsborough County medical Society and the American Medical Association. He is a strong supporter
and leader in his community, a philanthropist particularly supporting children’s needs.
Giacomo Guggino was the first in the Guggino family to graduate from high school. He feels a great
deal of gratitude to his parents who like so many other first-generation Americans and immigrants
struggled to provide a better life for their children. Guggino’s attraction to the tobacco industry
started when he was in kindergarten. He fondly remembers his mother picking him up after her day at
the factory from St. Joseph convent on Spruce and Armenia, across the street from the Santaella
cigar factory. That pleasant and enticing aroma of the Cuban tobacco leaf still generates
nostalgic memories of his mom and her hard work in the hot and humid cigar factories. It was this
recollection and vocation to honor
her memory that prompted Guggino to blend the cigar that surfaced these childhood memories.
Together with his high school friend John Oliva, owner of Oliva Tobacco Company, and all its
Guggino blended a cigar that reminded him of the Cuban leaf, produced an exquisite aroma, a complex
taste, and one that was consistent in construction and quality.Giacomo’s Cigars was founded in 2011
after his “hobby cigar” received local and statewide attention.
Guggino continues to practice pediatric ophthalmology after 38 years. He and Judy have five
grandchildren and remain active in the community. At the time of this writing his father Joe is 102
years old and in good health. One of Guggino’s cigars, the Box Pressed Perfecto is sub labeled the
102 in honor
of his father.