Before being wheeled into the operating room, a patient once said to me, “Treat me as a person, not as a patient.” Patients are our best teachers. It’s important to recognize that each person has their own distinct disease presentation, life circumstances, values, and goals. I view my role as being an ultimate healthcare advocate—to empower patients and guide them to achieve more desirable health outcomes.
A cancer diagnosis of a loved one has likely affected all of us. It is essential as a provider to recognize the highly individualized care and support that each patient requires in order to cope with their disease. I make it a priority with every patient to establish a close relationship with them and their multidisciplinary treatment team.
I believe that medicine, particularly oncology, is best practiced with an individualistic approach in mind.
Area of Clinical Practice
Surgical oncology, gastrointestinal cancers
I am a certified physician assistant who sees patients at the South Lake Union Clinic.
In the past, I have cared for patients with cancer in the field of neurosurgery. I worked extensively with patients suffering from brain and spine metastases as well as primary brain malignancies, including glioblastoma multiforme (GBM).
University of Central Florida
Nova Southeastern University
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