I specialize in hematology and oncology, with a focus on malignancies of the chest and airway, particularly the lungs, and head and neck. I also treat a variety of other malignancies and benign hematologic disorders. I chose this specialty because I was fascinated by the progress made in understanding cancer, and in genetics and molecular biology. That progress has led to many potentially life-saving treatments, and made cancer prevention and cure a realistic option for many.
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Some of the areas that most interest me are immunotherapy and targeted therapy, the development of new treatment agents in clinical trials, biomarker development and geriatric research. I’m most proud of my scientific publications, which have contributed snippets to the puzzle of clinical and scientific problems.
The interaction with my patients and their families, and the ability to work with them over long periods of time is what I find most enjoyable. Working with patients and having their trust to make the right decisions is a privilege. My patients inspire me through their strength and desire to live consciously. I admire their focus on life, the reprioritization of what really matters, and the love and care they extend to their friends and family during their most difficult times.
I support the American Cancer Society and the American Academy for Cancer Research. Both organizations conduct patient-related activities and research, and have been instrumental in the progress of cancer treatment.
In my free time, I enjoy water sports, marathon running, traveling and spending time with my Labrador Retrievers.