Dr. Rabi Paul is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of his patients by providing them with the most advanced care possible
Practically as far back as he can remember, Dr. Rabi Paul wanted to make a difference on people’s lives. Armed with equal parts ambition, compassion and intellect, he decided to channel that sense of altruism into medicine, where he can help people on the most profound level possible.
“I believe becoming a doctor is the best way to make a difference in people’s lives,” Dr. Paul said, “especially in the field of oncology, which is also the most intellectually stimulating and rewarding for me.”
For Dr. Paul, fulfilling his professional mandate means things like ensuring that patients receiving cancer therapy have minimal disruption of their everyday lives. He achieves this by offering the highest quality care, close to home, in an environment that is professional, friendly, responsive and easily accessed. He makes sure all of his patients completely understand their diagnoses and prognoses, along with the associated treatment protocols. His patient-centered philosophy and methods of care revolve around continually questioning patients, to assess their needs and effectiveness of the care they are receiving.
After Dr. Paul earned his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degrees, he completed four years of residency programs, three of which were at New York City’s Wyckoff Heights Medical Center. This was followed by not one but two fellowships — one in infectious diseases, the other in hematology and oncology, at Howard University Hospital.
“One of the greatest strides made in cancer treatment is cancer immunotherapy — drugs that trigger the body’s own immune system to attack cancer cells, often in combination with other therapies,” Dr. Paul advised. “These new treatments are showing such positive and encouraging results for cancers that until recently were thought to be untreatable, such as melanoma, non-small-cell lung cancer and certain blood cancers.
“Another great recent breakthrough is genomic medicine,” Dr. Paul continued, “which targets genes or their pathways
responsible for various kinds of cancers. We can identify mutations in the cancer itself and predict what kind of therapy they’re likely to respond to.”
Dr. Paul is always quick to offer free advice to anyone who has questions about cancer. “You can take cancer prevention in your own hands, starting today, with basic lifestyle choices. Get regular screenings as recommended for skin, colon, prostate, cervical and breast cancers. Limit your alcohol and saturated fat intake. Stop smoking — or don’t ever start. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables. Avoid risky sexual behaviors. It’s actually incredibly fortunate that there is a certain amount of cancer risk that you can eliminate. It’s empowering.”
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