I was born in India and came to Chicago, Illinois as a young child. I completed my college and medical school education in Chicago. I decided to practice oncology because I found the very personal nature of the relationship between a patient and their doctor to be very satisfying; it is an opportunity to help people when they are the most vulnerable. I then practiced at the University of Chicago where I did both patient care and basic science research. In 2000, I moved to Portland, Oregon because I wanted to focus exclusively on patient care in a setting which would emphasize high-quality care.
About my practice
I like and care about my patients and view it as a privilege and a sincere responsibility for myself to be involved in their care. My approach to taking care of a patient is to get to know the patient as well as I can. I try to do my "homework" before I see the patient by going over their relevant records. Then, when I meet the patient, I try to get to know them as a unique individual. Specifically, in addition to their illness that I am consulting on, I would like to know what are the other issues that they are dealing with, how are they emotionally, how is their family coping with the situation. In other words, I don't want to identify a person with their illness as the sum total of their existence.
How I thrive
I try to spend a major part of my non-working day in carrying out spiritual practices that give me a true sense of my place in existence. I also enjoy spending time with my family at home and doing the "simple things" together.