He received his undergraduate degree from the University of California at Irvine and his medical degree from Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, North Carolina. He completed his residency and fellowship in hematology and oncology at Letterman Army Medical Center, Presidio of San Francisco, California.
After completing his fellowship, Dr. Gomez worked in hematology and oncology services for the U.S. Army at Madigan Army Medical Center, Tacoma, Washington. He served as the medical director for St. Johns Comprehensive Community Cancer Center in Springfield, Missouri.
When did you join Illinois CancerCare?
Dr. Gomez was born in Washington, D.C. He is married with two children and lives in Bloomington, Illinois.
Hobbies / Interests:
Tennis, skiing, swimming and travel
What medical change has impacted the field of cancer the most since you began practicing medicine?
“The development of targeted therapies for the treatment of cancer has improved the efficacy and minimized the side effects of cancer treatments.”
Why did you choose your field?
“The practice of oncology involves all aspects of medicine and surgery and continues to evolve to achieve the goal of curing cancer. On a personal note, I always found oncology patients to be a special group of people so genuinely appreciative of the care they receive.”
Why did you choose Illinois to practice when you could have gone anywhere in the country?
“I joined Illinois CancerCare because of the excellent delivery of state-of-the-art oncology care to our community by the oncologists and the supporting staff members. I am proud to be one of those oncologists working with people devoted to giving the best and most compassionate care possible.”
Do you have any advice to give patients after they have been diagnosed with cancer?
“Understanding your diagnosis and treatment options can be difficult for most people because of the complexity and emotional stress. Be sure to ask questions, bring family and friends, use support groups, and seek second opinions if necessary, until you understand your cancer and what treatments you decide to take. Always keep hope alive with support from family, friends and the medical team helping you through this difficult time.”
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