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Dr. Joshua Rodriguez Joins Texas Oncology–El Paso Cancer Treatment Center Grandview

October 20, 2021

Joshua Rodriguez, M.D., Pharm.D., hematologist and medical oncologist, recently joined Texas Oncology–El Paso Cancer Treatment Center Grandview. Dr. Rodriguez tells us how his passion for pharmaceuticals transcended into a career as a cancer physician.

What excites you most about joining an organization like Texas Oncology?

Given the great need for medical professionals in my hometown, I always had the vision of serving this community as a physician. It’s very exciting to know that I am joining an organization that strives to meet the highest of standards by delivering top-quality care and offering valuable resources to all patients, regardless of geographic location.

One of the most rewarding aspects of my job is the privilege to be let into the lives of my patients and help them through a difficult time."

What inspired you to pursue degrees in both pharmacy and medicine?

I always knew that I wanted to have a career in the medical field. My aunt and uncle, who were both pharmacists, sparked my interest in medicine when I was young. During pharmacy school, I saw the positive impact pharmacists have on medical teams and considered incorporating the principles I was learning into a career as a physician. Later, I was drawn to oncology because it is an ever-changing field that requires life-long learning of new treatments and medicines, which I felt I was well-prepared to do having dual degrees in medicine and pharmacology.  I also appreciated the unique and meaningful patient-physician relationship that oncology offered. One of the most rewarding aspects of my job is the privilege to be let into the lives of my patients and help them through a difficult time.

What do you think the future of cancer treatment will look like?

I believe the cancers that are incurable today may one day be treated in the same manner as chronic medical conditions. I also think treatments will be more precise and tailored to each individual patient’s tumor rather than following a one-size-fits-all model. Given the great strides we have seen in this field over the past few years, I am hopeful that we can accomplish these advancements in the near future.

If you could tell prospective patients one thing, what would it be?

Be kind to yourself and seek things that bring inner peace. Too often, we forget about the importance of self-care, especially during trying, difficult times. Spend time with loved ones and make space for things that bring you joy.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I enjoy spending my free time playing with my children and teaching them new things. I also enjoy running, cycling, and swimming with my wife, and like to stay challenged by participating in triathlons and marathons.

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