Understanding how cancer affects all | Dr. Eloise Chapman-Davis | Weill Cornell Medicine

March 9, 2020

I grew up in Queens New York so I’m a
native New Yorker I come from a family of immigrants from the Caribbean
the reason why I entered into the field of GYN oncology it’s a field that I love
I love science I love the idea of taking care of patients in need the difference
between myself and other physicians is that I did become the nurse and the
other health care professional which I had a previous life before becoming a
physician but it helped me understanding how to collaborate with teams and it’s
one of the things that I think makes me unique unfortunately I’ve been affected
by a lot of cancer in my own family my father succumbed to metastatic cancer
and you know it really took me to a different place of being on the other
side not just being the doctor but the family member it gave me more empathy
this is one of those fields that I feel lucky to be a part of because I’m able
to really build relationships with my patients and take them through probably
one of the most difficult portions in their lives I want to make sure that not
only do they really have a clear idea of what’s going on but also what is going
to happen and to make sure that I’m respectful of what they want to happen
to be able to provide that world-class care we need to have the most updated
surgical equipment supplies as well as access to clinical trials and
collaborative research and I think the great thing about Weill Cornell is that
they provide us physicians with the tools that we need to be able to provide
the most up-to-date care and also being able to have integrative services
available to them being able to go through not just the disease but taking
care of the entire patient to make sure we understand about their wellness or
sexual health as well as their survivorship and to think about what’s
next you know sometimes it’s not just about how long you live but it’s living
your best life being a person of color and someone who was raised in New York
City it was very important to me when I did take this job to make sure that I
was going to be able to take care of patients outside of just the Upper East
Side cancer affects everyone regardless of race creed color nationality and when
we think about where research will go in in the future to be able to understand
how these cancers enter act in different populations we need to
take care of different populations if I was a patient looking for a physician
the the first thing I’d want to know first of all how are they competent and
the good thing about being a physician at Weill Cornell is that all that work
has been done for you but I think the most important thing is to know if this
position is a good fit for you make sure that you’re being heard and listened to
and that all the your concerns are being addressed because I understand that
we’re not just treating you we’re treating everyone else around you
because they’re a part of your team and that will help you get better

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