I am a medical oncologist who cares for people with gastrointestinal and thoracic cancers. I have a special interest in treating different types of advanced lung cancer (both small cell lung cancer and non-small cell lung cancer), colorectal cancer, and pancreatic cancer. I see patients at Memorial Sloan Kettering Basking Ridge in New Jersey.
I was interested in medicine at a young age, but losing two beloved family members to cancer inspired me to go to medical school specifically to become an oncologist. This experience continues to motivate me each day as I strive to provide the most compassionate, high-quality care possible for my patients.
We have made significant advances in treatment options available to our patients. With the development of immunotherapy and new checkpoint inhibitor therapies, we are able to offer treatments that not only extend lives but also in many cases are less toxic and provide a better quality of life for our patients. Many of these therapies and techniques were not available even five years ago. I am very excited to be able to offer my patients more therapeutic options that meet their particular needs and are most effective against their disease.
Teamwork is of absolute importance in our field. I believe that a multidisciplinary team of healthcare providers must be involved in each patient’s care. To that end, I am an active member of MSK’s thoracic and gastrointestinal cancer teams and am in constant communication with my colleagues. I work to facilitate my patients’ enrollment in appropriate clinical trials available throughout MSK. I am passionate about making sure that my patients are an integral part of their treatment team and are armed with all the necessary information to make decisions about their care.
- Clinical Expertise: Thoracic Oncology; Gastrointestinal Oncology
- Awards and Honors: “Good Catch” Patient Safety award, University of Connecticut Health Center (2014)
- Languages Spoken: English; Farsi
- Education: MD, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
- Residencies: University of Chicago Medical Center/NorthShore University HealthSystem
- Fellowships: University of Connecticut School of Medicine
- Board Certifications: Internal Medicine
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As home to one of the world’s top cancer research centers, Memorial Sloan Kettering is typically involved in more than 900 clinical trials at a given time. Currently, clinical trials focused on the conditions I treat are enrolling new patients. If you’re interested in joining a clinical trial, click to learn about the trial’s purpose, eligibility criteria, and how to get more information.Learn more
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