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Specialty
Oncology - Medical
Practice Name
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance at EvergreenHealth
Primary Address
12040 NE 128th Street
Kirkland, WA 98034
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Primary Phone
425.899.3181
Primary Fax
425.899.3189
Practice Website
http://www.seattlecca.org/diseases/scca-at-evergreenhealth.cfm
Clinical Expertise
Breast cancer
Colon cancer
Gynecologic cancers
Genitourinary cancers
Head and neck cancers
Leukemia
Lung cancer
Lymphoma
Melanoma
Multiple myeloma
Myelodysplastic syndrome
Pancreatic cancer
Prostate cancer
Sarcoma
Stomach, hepatobiliary and liver cancers
Non malignant blood disorders
Credentials
Board Certified in Medical Oncology, Hematology and Internal Medicine
Experience
After completing my fellowship, I joined a community hematology oncology practice in Saginaw, Michigan where I was involved in providing cancer care for patients in Saginaw as well as several rural areas spread over central Michigan. I quickly learned the complexities of providing care over vast distances, treating all types of cancers and blood diseases. Prior to the Halvorson Cancer Center, I worked as a community hematologist-oncologist at CHI Franciscan Health in Lakewood and Tacoma. I have been fortunate to be able to include patients in multiple NCORP and industry clinical trials over the years. Finding the right patient for a great clinical trial is a joy, especially when it expands the therapeutic arsenal, while simultaneously helping in real time.
Philosophy
I believe in being deeply engaged with my patients through some of the most difficult periods of their lives, to achieve the best possible outcomes. Treating cancer patients has been a truly fulfilling experience; seeing immense courage and unconditional love in the face of adversity inspires me to better myself every single day, both as a physician and as a human. My academic interests lie in clinical research and expanding the clinical trial program in genitourinary oncology at EvergreenHealth.
Personal Information
Growing up, I was a voracious reader fascinated by science. This interest drew me to medical school. I don't think I had any vision about the type of doctor I wanted to be through the whirl of school. It was towards the end of my program that I experienced a personal loss to cancer. My grandfather, who I was close to, fought and died from glioblastoma, going from being an independent retired police officer to completely dependent on his kids in a short time, which profoundly affected me. Over the course of my medical training, working with mentors and role models in the various oncology disciplines for a sustained period of time, I was further drawn to hematology/oncology as a vocation. Cancer treatment demands a balanced mix of thought and work that keeps me motivated every day. I was fortunate to train at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo and at the Cancer Therapy Research Center in San Antonio during which I worked in the Aguiar lymphoma lab. I owe my understanding of cancer medicine to these formative experiences. On the personal front, I enjoy distance running, hiking and kayaking. I've lately taken to gardening and find it very relaxing. I also enjoy reading, from fiction to behavioral science, in any format. My goal is to learn and incorporate a new activity every year. This year I am focused on swimming and learning to sail.
Medical School
Goa Medical College and Hospital | Goa, India
Residency
State University of New York at Buffalo | Buffalo, NY
Internship
State University of New York at Buffalo | Buffalo, NY
Fellowship
University of Texas Health Science Center | San Antonio, TX
 
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