Pankaj Kumar, M.D.
SpecialtiesHematology, Oncology, Other
LocationsBloomington, Eureka, Ottawa
Board Certifications:Hematology/Medical Oncology, Internal Medicine
Staff Education:Dr. Kumar received his medical degree from St. John’s Medical College in Bangalore, India. He completed his residency at the State University of New York Health Science Center and practiced internal medicine for several years. Dr. Kumar completed his oncology and hematology fellowship at the Montefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein Cancer Center in New York City.
Work History:Dr. Kumar worked as a medical oncologist and hematologist at Centre Medical and Surgical Associates in State College, Pennsylvania, and as an assistant professor of medicine at Penn State College of Medicine.
When did you join Illinois CancerCare?2007
Family Information:Dr. Kumar was born in Delhi, India, and he currently lives in Bloomington with his wife and family.
Hobbies / Interests:Spending time with family, reading and outdoor activities
What medical change has impacted the field of cancer the most since you began practicing medicine?“Greater scientific understanding of the biology of cancer.”
Why did you choose your field?“It is a rapidly evolving field of medicine; there are a lot of exciting changes occurring in this field that are making a meaningful impact on the lives of patients with cancer. And because of the unique opportunity that cancer professionals have in establishing a relationship with patients and their families.”
Why did you choose Illinois to practice when you could have gone anywhere in the country?“I came to Peoria because of Illinois CancerCare.”