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Dr. Awad A. Ahmed Joins Texas Oncology—Harlingen

October 01, 2022

Awad A. Ahmed, M.D., radiation oncologist, is now seeing patients at Texas Oncology–Harlingen. Dr. Ahmed recalls how working with radiation oncologists inspired him to become one and shares what he enjoys doing outside of caring for patients.

What inspired you to specialize in radiation oncology?

I was inspired during medical school after working with the radiation oncology team at Temple University. I was drawn to this specialty because of the incredible patients I got to work with, as well as the advanced technology and profound impact this form of treatment continues to have on cancer patients.

How has your specialty shaped you as a physician?

My patients have shaped me into the physician I am today. Treating cancer patients has taught me to appreciate life and the simple things that might have otherwise been taken for granted.

What do you think the future of cancer treatment will look like?

I think the future of cancer treatment will be more precise and likely consist of treatments specifically geared toward individual patients. Our medical oncology colleagues are already seeing advances in targeted therapies such as immunotherapy based on the receptor profiles specific to each patient. In radiation oncology, we are also seeing improvements in genomic profiling, which has allowed for more granular treatment paradigms.

What excites you most about moving to Texas?

I am most excited about the warm weather, diversity of food, and having the beautiful, sandy beaches just down the road.

What are your hobbies outside of work?  

Outside of working with cancer patients, I enjoy traveling to new places and playing a variety of sports.

As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I do not think I ever gave much thought about my future job as a child; however, I always thought I would be a Marvel superhero growing up.

What is your favorite music genre and why?

I honestly enjoy all types of music. From classical, to pop, to country, and everything in between.

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