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Texas Oncology–El Paso Joe Battle Welcomes Mathews Lal George

November 17, 2023

Mathews Lal George, M.D., hematologist and medical oncologist, is now seeing patients at Texas Oncology–El Paso Joe Battle. Dr. George shares the defining moment of his medical career and a surprising hidden talent.

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

During my postgraduate training, I worked with some amazing oncologists. I had one professor who had done pioneering research related to the treatment of testicular cancers. He was an amazing teacher, brilliant clinician, and world-renowned researcher, but he was also humble and empathetic to his patients. He embodied all the traits of a good physician. The other person who inspired me to practice medicine was my mother, who was a pediatric nurse in the early 1970s. She treated childhood cancers and regaled me with stories of young patients who, despite their diagnosis, remained cheerful and inspired others.

Cancer is a disease that impacts patients socially, personally, and financially. A diagnosis can feel intimidating, but patients rise up to meet this challenge head on, inspiring us with their courage. It is an honor and a privilege to walk with patients on their journey.

What has been a defining moment in your medical career?

A defining moment in my medical career was the day I chose to specialize in oncology. I don't think there is any other specialty where you can make such a definitive impact on patients and their families, particularly at such a vulnerable point in their lives.

What are the biggest challenges you face in your profession?

From a physician’s perspective, the rapid influx of information we receive every day, including changes in protocols and guidelines, can seem overwhelming. Luckily, we have excellent resources and courses to help us stay up to date on the most current information.

How do you get involved within your community?

I get involved with my community through my church and through organizations like the American Cancer Society and the Texas Medical Society.

Where is your favorite place you’ve ever visited?

Switzerland is at the top of my list. Banff National Park in Canada is a close second, followed by Kerala, which is in India.

Do you have a hidden talent? 

I enjoy doing DIY projects, though they frequently end with me hiring a professional to complete the job.

What is your favorite thing to do in El Paso?

I love walking and hiking, as well as exploring the great restaurants this amazing city has to offer.

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