Erlanger Women’s Oncology
Navigating Cancer Care
Dr. Todd Boren shares that his grandmother inspired his decision to pursue gynecologic oncology. He explains, “In college, I witnessed my grandmother’s courageous battle with ovarian cancer. That was my first exposure to cancer and instilled in me a desire to ‘make cancer patients better.’” Dr. Boren later shadowed a gynecologic oncologist in medical school, which further drew him to the specialty. After 10 years spent in his own practice, Dr. Boren believes that patience and empathy are some of the most important qualities an oncologist can possess. “If I ever have an oncologist, I want to feel that my oncologist has time for me to express my concerns, cares about me, and understands what I’m going through,” he says. “I want my patients to feel that way about me.”
Louisiana State University School of Medicine – New Orleans, LA
Board-Certified in Gynecologic Oncology
1. What sets your practice apart?
There are work days, drill days (with the Tennessee Army National Guard), and off days, but they all start early with taking care of my cats. When I’m not working, I work on projects around the house, go to the gym, or just spend time with my family.
2. What is one of your happiest professional moments?
By being friendly, welcoming, and flexible. I’m especially grateful for their patience with me as I’m learning the system here.
3. What is your best advice for patients?
Get your mammograms, pap smears, and colonoscopies! Screening saves lives.
4. What’s the key to making a great first impression?
We see people at their most vulnerable times in life, so I think a warm smile and a handshake when walking into a room go a long way toward putting a patient at ease.
5. What accolades mean the most to you?
When a patient or colleague asks me to care for one of their own family members, that is the greatest accolade I can get.