We are honored to have an amazing group of providers in North and South Carolina who contribute their time, efforts and talent to their communities. That’s why today, and on the first of every month, we will continue to post feature interviews about their lives outside of the office.
We are excited to announce our April 2019 provider of the month is Marquiez Ballard, PA-C! Marquiez has been with Southeast Radiation Oncology Group since July 2012 and sees patients at Carolinas Medical Center.
Tell us about yourself.
My faith in God is very important to me. It is the air I breath, the way I walk through my daily life. It is that simple. I also love to travel. As a former locum tenen radiation therapist, I had the opportunity to explore the U.S. while working in multiple cancer centers across the country from Montgomery Alabama to northern California in the bay area. I went to Europe a couple of years ago for the first time and look forward to more international travel in the future!
What do you enjoy doing when you are away from work?
I am a big reader and love audio books. I am a big fan of novels with an “anti-hero.” You know… that guy with “a particular set of skills” who will get the job done by any means necessary. A few of my automatic buys are Jack Reacher by Lee Child, Evan Smoak and Orphan X by Greg Hurwitz, Court Gentry and Gray Man by Mark Greaney, Jack Widow by Scott Blade, Will Robie by David Baldacci, and pretty much anything written by Matt Rogers!
I am truly obsessed with jewelry and art work, one is art for the body, and the other is jewelry for your walls. I also love to cook and collect old cookbooks.
Tell us about your research interests.
As a former radiology technologist, former radiation therapist, and now a radiation oncology physician assistant, I am kinda of a geek about radiation; I think it is the coolest thing!
Working for SERO has allowed me to work with some really smart radiation oncologist who are committed to research and giving cancer patients every advantage against this relentless disease.