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Texas Oncology–Mesquite and Rockwall Welcome Dr. Samir Sejpal

May 01, 2022

Samir Sejpal, M.D., radiation oncologist, is now seeing patients at Texas Oncology–Mesquite and Texas Oncology–Rockwall. Dr. Sejpal discusses what drew him to specialize in radiation oncology and the importance of listening to the patient.

Did you always know you wanted to be a doctor, specifically specializing in radiation oncology?

I knew early on in medical school that I wanted to work with cancer patients. As I rotated through different oncology specialties, radiation oncology felt right. This specialty has a good balance of patient care and innovative technologies used to treat cancers.

The most valuable lesson I have learned is that every patient is different in how they present symptoms or respond to treatment."

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

Listen and ask. The most valuable lesson I have learned is that every patient is different in how they present symptoms or respond to treatment. When a patient who is undergoing treatment tells me something does not feel right, I listen to their side of the story despite what the science or data shows. Then, I investigate further and seek out suggestions or advice from team members and peers in the field.

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

I have always told my patients that they need to be their own number one advocate. I want my prospective patients to feel empowered to have a voice in their treatment and to not be afraid to ask if they have concerns or questions.

Where has been your favorite international destination you've traveled to?

I love traveling internationally. In fact, I just recently traveled to my 49th country. A few years ago, I took a trip to Lake Bled in Slovenia, and it was a magical experience. The scenic lake had the Alps as a backdrop, a peaceful church on an island, and a clifftop castle with amazing panoramic views of the lake and mountains. The local legend is that you are granted a wish if you ring the church bell three times. My favorite part was the four-mile leisurely walk around the lake and taking a rowboat out to visit the island’s church and ringing the bell.

What are you regularly tuning into right now?

I enjoy listening to podcasts. My current podcast feed includes Travel with Rick Steves, The Doctor’s Farmacy with Dr. Mark Hyman, and The Drive by Dr. Peter Attia.

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