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Dr. Benjamin Kitchens Joins Texas Oncology—Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center

August 01, 2022

Benjamin Lee Kitchens, M.D., hematologist and medical oncologist, is now seeing patients at Texas Oncology— Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center. Dr. Kitchens reflects on the importance of teamwork in cancer care and his favorite things to do – and go see – in Dallas.

What inspired you to specialize in cancer care?

My father, who was also an oncologist, was my biggest inspiration in deciding to specialize in cancer care. Growing up, hearing him talk about his experiences caring for cancer patients really resonated and prompted me to follow in his footsteps and pursue a career in hematology and medical oncology.

What is the most valuable lesson you have learned in your career so far?

Throughout my years of working in the medical field, the most valuable lesson I have learned is the importance of leaning on your colleagues within the practice. Whether they are other physicians, nurses, or office staff, everyone plays a crucial role in ensuring we provide the best possible care for our patients.

What would you like your legacy as a physician to be?

I would like my legacy as a physician to be remembered as someone who genuinely cares about his patients as individuals outside of their disease and supports them during the entirety of their cancer journey from diagnosis to the final treatment.

What are your hobbies outside of work?

Outside of work I spend a lot of my free time playing music. I have played in a rock 'n' roll band since I was a teenager and am still involved in several cover bands around the Dallas area. In addition to rocking out, I spend a tremendous amount of time reading a variety of books.

What is your favorite thing to do in Dallas?

There is so much to do in Dallas. I am particularly fond of the city’s fine arts community and performance venues. One of my long-time favorite things to do in Dallas has been going to the theater and seeing whatever shows or plays are in town.

What is a social cause you’re passionate about?

Personally and professionally, I am very passionate about providing accessible, standard healthcare to anyone who needs it. Being a physician, I try to make a difference as much as I can.

What show are you regularly tuning into right now?

I recently began watching “Star Trek: The Next Generation” nonstop. It is definitely becoming one of my favorites.

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