Every month, we feature a physician as an opportunity for you to learn more about the great doctors on staff at Little Company of Mary Hospital. This month, we had the chance to talk with Dr. Shah, a Hematologist/Oncologist at the Little Company of Mary Hospital Cancer Center (2800 W. 95th Street). Read on to get to know Dr. Shah, including what he enjoys most about being a physician and his number one advice for healthy living.
Dr. Prabodh Shah
Medical School: BJ Medical School, India
Residency: Veterans Administration West Side Medical Center, Internal Medicine
Fellowship: Veterans Administration West Side Medical Center, Hematology
Why did you decide to become a physician?
Many years ago, I realized that the best way I could progress my knowledge regarding cancer care was by becoming a physician.
How did you choose your specialty?
During my medical training, I realized that my two difficult choices were between a specialty in Cardiology or Hematology/Oncology. I had already published in Cardiology during my residency. When I rotated on Hematology/Oncology, I realized that I had more to learn, so I changed my course to pursue Hematology/Oncology.
What do you enjoy most about being a physician?
What I love the most in my medical career is guiding people through these difficult diagnoses with lesser cures than other medical illnesses. If I could help these patients in any way—whether it is longer survival or better quality of life—I want to do that.
What is the number one advice/tip you give your patients for healthy living?
My one simple message is do not ignore your health. Please stop smoking, eat healthy and watch for cancer signs.
What is the best thing Little Company of Mary has to offer patients?
I have worked in several hospitals, including community, public and university hospitals as well. In my opinion, Little Company of Mary has the best medical team.