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Get To Know Our Newest Hematologist and Medical Oncologist: Dr. Bhaskara Reddy Madhira

August 01, 2022

Bhaskara Reddy Madhira, M.D., MBBS, hematologist and medical oncologist, is now seeing patients at Texas Oncology–Abilene and Abilene North. Dr. Reddy reflects on the valuable lessons his patients have taught him and what he would like his legacy as a physician to be.

Did you always know you wanted to be a doctor, specifically specializing in cancer care?

I started to become interested in cancer care during my internal medicine residency. On the first day of my oncology rotation, I was amazed when the oncologist mostly talked about her son’s basketball game and asked how the patient's husband was instead of discussing their cancer. My mentor listened to his patients and spent time talking to them as individuals outside of being a patient. After witnessing the true connection between doctors and cancer patients during such a challenging time, I knew that was exactly what I wanted to be.

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

Always listen to your patients. Spend time and get to know them outside of their cancer diagnosis. I have learned a lot from my patients, including the power of perseverance, acceptance, and believing in yourself. Be open to learning more as there is always something else to learn. Lastly, have a work life balance and enjoy the fresh air outdoors in nature.

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

I would like to leave a legacy of being a physician who is empathetic, a great colleague, and very passionate about providing the best care possible for each of my patients and their loved ones.

What are you most looking forward to as cancer treatment continues to evolve?

Cancer is one of the most complex diseases we have ever seen. I am looking forward to continuing to see medical breakthroughs and advancements in the field of hematology and oncology. I also envision more personalized cancer treatments as the standard of care.

What is your favorite music to listen to?

I love any melodious songs. I enjoy either classical Indian or country music.

What is one piece of advice you would give to your 18- year-old self?

If I could give my younger self any advice, it would be to not put things off that you want to pursue. When you are older, other things will take priority and you may not have the opportunity again.

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