Dr. Sandeep Rajan was named medical director of Erlanger Oncology and Hematology in July of 2021, and over the last few months, he has jumped in head first to serve his patients, staff, and students. Bringing with him 29 years of experience as a practicing physician, Dr. Rajan is accustomed to the demanding schedule his profession often requires. “My daily routine includes making rounds, attending tumor boards, seeing patients, planning research studies, and teaching doctors and other medical professionals in the evenings and on weekends,” he shares. According to Dr. Rajan, while the research being conducted in his field fascinates him, it’s improving his patients’ quality of life that keeps him going. “I feel fortunate to have the ability to help patients and become a part of their life for the betterment of their health,” he says.
“My patients’ interests come first. I spend time listening to them and helping them understand their disease and treatment plan.”
1. What sets your practice apart?
We provide patient empowerment by providing information and education about disease so that patients feel comfortable understanding and coming to terms with their diagnosis. We work closely with our subspecialty colleagues to offer comprehensive care to patients.
2. What accolades mean the most to you?
My patients living a long and comfortable life and reaching the milestones they wish to achieve.
3. What is your best advice for patients?
Have an open conversation with your treatment team. Do not feel intimidated, as every question is a good question.
4. What do you see as the most exciting new development for your profession?
Personalized medicine, with genetic and molecular information to fine-tune each patient’s treatment rather than a one-shoe-fits-all strategy.
5. What would you consider to be your main strengths?
Cancer care can sometimes be depressing, but my spiritual faith and family help me to be cheerful when facing tough situations with my patients. I like to support and inject that same cheer into my patients.
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