At SERO, we believe that the key to delivering premium care starts with developing personal relationships with patients—getting to know patients and their families on an individual level. When patients and providers develop a relationship, there’s a greater opportunity for trust, comfort, and above all, unparalleled care.
Our providers understand that in addition to patients sharing details of their lives, relationship building requires providers to share information about themselves too. That’s why we conduct monthly interviews with doctors to get to know them when the white coats are off and they’re outside of the office.
This month, we’d like to introduce you to Dr. Grewal.
Tell us about your family.
I have a very large family. I grew up in the Detroit, Michigan area where the majority of my family still resides. My grandfather immigrated to the United States in the early 1920s and was an early Indian American in the US. He later brought my father and my uncles to Michigan. I grew up next door to my cousins and was the youngest of 15+ cousins. I met my wife, Sharon, while I was in college, and we had a long distance relationship throughout medical school. (I was at Harvard in Boston, MA and she was at VCU Med School in Richmond, VA). We got married in 2015, and have two amazing boys, Arjan, who is 2, and Yuvraj, who just turned 1! My sister and her family now live down the street from us in Charlotte and we couldn’t be more excited to raise our children together. My older brother and my parents still live in Michigan, but we love visiting them.
What do you and your family enjoy doing when you are away from work?
When we have time off of work, my wife and I have enjoyed traveling and visiting our families so our children can meet their many relatives. My parents live in Michigan and my wife Sharon’s family lives in Los Angeles, California. So, we have made many memorable trips to both regions. We have also traveled to India, Thailand, Spain, Italy, and Greece, and have many more places (including cities in the Southeast US) on our bucket list. We also enjoy the outdoors and can’t wait to explore the many beautiful trails and parks around the Charlotte area.
Are there any other interesting facts about you that you would like to share?
My wife and I both participated in competitive Indian dance teams while in college. Bhangra is a dance from the Punjab region of India, and there are competitions across the US for college teams to compete. My wife and I actually met while we were competing against each other at a competition. I think her team won! We are excited to share our love for this dance with our sons and look forward to introducing them more to their Punjabi and Sikh culture as they grow.
What inspired you to choose your specialty?
While working at the UCSF breast cancer center in San Francisco after college, I realized that I really enjoyed taking care of cancer patients. My patients are dealing with some of the biggest hurdles in their lives, and I am so humbled and honored to be able to help them get through these difficult times. I love the field of radiation oncology because I am able to use cutting edge technology to kill cancer, and am able to work alongside talented surgeons, medical oncologists, and radiation oncologists to care for my patients.
Do you have a favorite movie, TV series, or book series? Tell us about what you’re currently watching or reading!
I am a huge Harry Potter fan, and can’t wait for my boys to get a bit older so I can read them those books at night and take them to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios.
Do you have a specialty within radiation oncology?
Having trained at the University of Pennsylvania, I have gained a lot of proton therapy experience and have a large interest in using advanced treatment technologies, like proton therapy, to minimize toxicity during treatment. I also really loved working with pediatric oncology patients during my training- kids are so resilient and I am amazed at how quickly they bounce back! I hope to be able to help families in the Charlotte area who are dealing with childhood cancers and help ensure that their children are getting the best care possible.