I’ll never forget the time when I had to have a difficult discussion with a patient I had known for years. I had to tell her that her treatment was no longer working and that we needed to look for another strategy. I was somewhat emotional and struggled to find the words, and then suddenly she cracked a joke. We had a good laugh, and she comforted me by letting me know that she was behind me every step of the way in our fight against her cancer. Our interaction that day had a profound impact on me because I’m usually the one who cracks the jokes and motivates patients when they are feeling down. That simple moment really touched me and made me realize that patients help and inspire their doctors so much more than they will ever know.
Cancer can happen to anyone, no matter their background or status in life, and it affects each person differently. That’s why I believe our support team and social workers are invaluable resources for helping us provide care in a holistic way. Cancer treatment is most effective when it’s a patient-centered team effort involving experts from a variety of fields, like surgery and radiation. I am committed to collaborating with my colleagues as well as with you and your loved ones. The way I see it, dealing with cancer is an all-hands-on-deck situation where everyone tries their hardest to help the patient.
Area of Clinical Practice
I am a board-certified medical oncologist who specializes in gastrointestinal (GI) cancers, which can affect the colon, pancreas, liver and bile ducts, among other organs. GI cancers are some of the most aggressive and difficult cancers to treat, and that’s what motivates me to participate in clinical research to find new treatment options and improve what’s currently available. I design and conduct clinical trials that seek to combine chemotherapies and immunotherapies in the treatment of pancreas and bile duct cancers.
Ateneo de Manila University
University of Santo Tomas
Einstein Medical Center, Internal Medicine
University of Colorado, Hematology and Medical Oncology
Hematology, 2018; Internal Medicine, 2013, American Board of Internal Medicine
2018 Scott Holden, MD, Fellowship Memorial Award, University of Colorado
Dr. King received this inaugural award from the University of Colorado.
2013 Dmitri Stavropoulos, MD, Memorial Award, Einstein Medical Center
Dr. King received this award in recognition of clinical acumen, compassion, empathy and passion for the preservation of life.
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