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Introducing Jasmine Lizette Gowarty to Texas Oncology–McAllen

August 11, 2023

Jasmine Lizette Gowarty, M.D., is now seeing patients at Texas Oncology–McAllen. Dr. Gowarty shares the story of one patient who inspired her to become an oncologist and what she learned from her first job working at a restaurant in McAllen.

What inspired you to specialize in cancer care?

From an early age, my determination to better my circumstances through education evolved into a genuine curiosity and passion for learning. I love that hematology and oncology is a rapidly advancing specialty in which learning extends far beyond initial training. In medical school, I found myself excitedly staying up for hours immersed in books about the complexities of cancer. However, it was the special relationship and profound emotional connections formed between an oncologist and their patients that reaffirmed my desire to specialize in cancer care. I still remember “that patient” who inspired me to become an oncologist. She was a mother of four diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer, and a warrior on all levels.

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

I would like to be remembered for faithfully helping my patients navigate through what can be a difficult and frightening illness, all while demonstrating compassion, integrity, and love.

What has working with cancer patients taught you?

My patients remind me to slow down, savor every moment, and be present. I have met the most resilient patients who demonstrate high levels of perseverance and inspire me to give 100% in everything I do.

What was your first job before medicine?

A week after I turned 16, I drove down 10th Street in McAllen, TX hoping for someone to take a chance on hiring me. I came across Bistro M, a fine dining restaurant that was a McAllen favorite known for serving exquisite French cuisine. I was hired and worked with some amazing people who provided me with examples of strong work ethic and passion for serving others.

What are you regularly tuning into right now (e.g., podcast, show, music, book, etc.)?

Life has been quite busy since our move back to the Valley, especially with a 3-year-old and 5-month-old. However, when we are not at parks, museums or the library, I enjoy listening to music with my husband on our patio while admiring the palm trees swaying.

What is the number one item on your bucket list you’d like to achieve this year?

Some of my best friends and I make it a priority to have a reunion at least once a year. In the past, we all lived only a few hours from each other. However, now that I have moved further away, I am determined to continue this special tradition. I look forward to seeing where our next adventure will take us.

What;s your favorite thing to do in McAllen?

I’ve lived away from the Valley for almost 15 years and since returning to my hometown, I’ve been amazed at how much McAllen has grown. My husband, two boys and I have been enjoying the McAllen Public Library, hike and bike trails, and of course the authentic Mexican food which we have missed.

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