Kalyan Banda, MD
I started out going to law school. While I loved learning about the law and how it could change lives, what I really wanted to do, deep inside, was to change the life of that one individual in front of me who was suffering — and I wanted to make that difference every day. There’s no other profession that allows you to do that quite like medicine. Oncology spoke to me in particular because it requires a phenomenal grasp of basic sciences combined with immense compassion for patients and their families.
I want to help you live life to the fullest, and to do that I must first get to know you as a person — your hopes, dreams and experiences. What I bring to the relationship is a deep, evidence-based knowledge of breast and gynecologic cancers and the leading-edge therapies that can best treat them. It’s truly an inspiring time to be an oncologist, because advances in care are happening at a dizzying pace; treatment is becoming both more precise and more personalized. One of the perks of my job is helping you navigate this constantly changing world, forming a care plan that promotes your health and your dreams.
Specialty: Medical Oncology
I’m a medical oncologist and translational researcher who specializes in breast and gynecologic cancer. In the lab, I focus on using molecular medicine to accurately predict a patient’s response or resistance to treatment. My research interests are to unravel the genomic life history of gynecologic cancers, exploit weaknesses and use cutting-edge technologies to personalize treatments.
In 2018, I was a recipient of the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s Young Investigator Award, and I have also been a presenter at the Northwest Metastatic Breast Cancer Conference. My work has been published in a variety of scientific journals, such as Science Translational Medicine, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS) and The Journal of Biological Chemistry.
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