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Introducing Hematologist and Medical Oncologist Dr. David Yin to Texas Oncology—Mesquite

August 15, 2022

David Yin, M.D., hematologist and medical oncologist, is now seeing patients at Texas Oncology—Mesquite. Dr. Yin discusses what inspires him about the evolving landscape of oncology and his life outside of work.

What inspired you to specialize in cancer care?

During my internal medicine training, I noted how cancer was always a difficult disease to approach with patients, especially upon diagnosis. I appreciated how the oncologists were able to deliver the news on such a sensitive subject like cancer and help patients navigate their new journey while providing support. After that, I knew that I wanted to do the same in my career.

Looking forward, what excites you most about your career in medicine?

Oncology is a field with constant medical advancements and new therapies. Cancer care has experienced a drastic transformation in the past decade with the addition of several targeted therapies, checkpoint inhibitors, and antibody-drug conjugates. These treatments have led to more tolerable therapies and less emphasis on chemotherapy. I am excited to provide patients more effective, safer, and individualized treatments.

What has been a defining moment in your medical education?

One encounter I will always remember was a gentleman I had diagnosed with metastatic lung cancer. We tested his tissue for a specific genetic mutation based off his diagnosis. When it came back positive, I was able to let him know he did not require chemotherapy, and instead would just take a daily pill. He was so thankful for the news and did remarkably well with minimal side effects. Despite not speaking English, he sent me a handwritten Christmas card with the words “Thank You.” This moment helped me realize that I chose the right career path.

What about moving to Texas are you most excited about?

I am excited to experience a winter with minimal snow! I am also excited for some good Texas barbeque and to start using the classic phrase “y'all” in my lexicon.

What are your hobbies outside of work?

In my spare time, I enjoy reading, traveling, finding new hiking trails or beaches, and trying new restaurants! I look forward to exploring Dallas!

What’s the best volunteer experience you had and what did you do?

Working at the free clinic during medical school was a very meaningful experience. We were in an underserved area where a substantial part of the population did not have accessibility to healthcare. The patients were mostly people who had not seen a doctor in years, and some had very serious health issues. During my first two years, I was mainly involved in calling patients to remind them of their appointments. During my third year, I saw patients as a provider under the supervision of a family medicine doctor. I still remember how grateful the patients at the clinic were as they finally received the medical attention they deserved.

Beach or mountain?

Definitely the beach!

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