I have been blogging for over 10 years because I believe that it is important to inform the public and other professionals in my field of advances in medicine and science. I am the Senior Vice President of Clinical Affairs and National Director of Medical Oncology at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA). My hope for writing here is not to force my opinion, but to encourage discussion of important topics surrounding medicine.
I was lucky enough to have a clear vision of what I wanted to do with my life when I got to college. I spent my undergraduate studying biology at the University of Southern California, and completed my medical degree and residency at the New York University School of Medicine. From there I continued my education, completing my fellowship training in hematology and oncology at the National Cancer Institute and Johns Hopkins University in Maryland.
After more than 20 years of practicing medicine in the cancer field, a message from one of my earliest mentors remains the inspiration for what I do at work every day. He told me to always approach medicine as a “people’s doctor,” and I have used this to fuel my work and research for my entire career.
I believe that the more informed the people are, the more opportunity we have for advancement and for improving the quality of care for all patients. Our ultimate goal is to find a cure for cancer—this is why I continue to write, publish, do peer reviews, edit, lecture, and speak out as much as my time allows.
The patient-centered approach at CTCA drew me in because treating the whole person and giving each patient greater access to an individualized team of medical professionals parallels my goal of being a “people’s doctor.” This is why I joined the CTCA team in 2010.
I look forward to contributing to this blog with my peers at CTCA, and seeing your responses and opinions on these important topics.