I love the science; transplant and immunotherapy are the most advanced, cutting-edge parts of cancer care right now, and it’s a thrill to be a part of that. But what really draws me to this field are the patients themselves. I get to form very personal relationships with families, some that last years as we navigate multiple therapies, side effects and treatment-related toxicity issues. It’s rewarding to be able to lessen the burden of cancer, even if it’s just a little, by helping patients understand their disease, listening to their troubles — no matter how big or small — and empowering them to actively participate in their care.
My background is in caring for patients with pediatric cancer, so you’ll find that I’m a very patient, family-oriented person. I’m interested in learning about your expectations and needs so we can create a comprehensive plan for treatment. I see our relationship as a true partnership, and it’s my hope that you’ll be actively involved in your care. While I will offer guidance, listen to what’s on your mind and answer your questions, I will never tell you what to do.
As a board-certified physician assistant, I specialize in caring for patients with blood cancers who undergo hematopoietic cell transplant (HCT). HCT takes hematopoietic stem cells — which have the ability to develop into any type of blood cell — from the bone marrow or blood supply and infuses them into a patient as part of their cancer treatment. These stem cells can either come from donors or the patients themselves.
Since 2011, I have been working in cancer care. My background includes emergency medicine as well as pediatric pain care and pediatric oncology. My current clinical interests include the long-term effects of cancer and cancer therapies, immunotherapy and infectious diseases as they relate to cancer care.
Yale School of Medicine
Physician Assistant, 2011
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