Because it’s organized like a hub with spokes, with solid integration with community sites, there’s a cooperative environment at Fred Hutch that helps us provide up-to-date, accessible oncological care.
We also have culturally and emotionally put cancer on a very high pedestal, so people feel their independence and autonomy is going to be diminished drastically. This is one of the most harmful things for many of us on spiritual and personal levels. One of my primary goals is to return as much of that agency and autonomy back into people’s hands as possible, and this environment supports these efforts.
The plan was urology and becoming a surgeon like my grandfather, so I did four years of medical school in Russia. Then, I moved to the United States and entered medical school here. But when it was time for rotations and selecting a specialty, I realized that to get through the next parts — the grueling and hard parts — I should feel the love for it, and I wasn’t sure. I took a pathology course and learned about some of the biological underpinnings of renal cell carcinoma, and I started to make sense of why things are done in certain ways with particular cancers. I realized I liked this molecular stuff and then had a rotation in medical oncology and discovered I loved every minute.
I decided against urology as a specialty a few days before the submission deadline.
Area of Clinical Practice
Medical oncology, benign and malignant hematology
I am a physician who sees patients at Fred Hutch at Overlake Cancer Center.
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