Radiation oncologists are the physicians who develop your therapy plan, working closely with other cancer doctors to maximize the radiation’s effectiveness. As such, these individuals are instrumental to your treatment, which is why SERO is proud to add three new, award-winning oncologists to our team.
Dr. Ankit Agarwal
Dr. Ankit Agarwal owes his career to Boston University. As an undergraduate at BU, Dr. Agarwal pursued his Bachelor of Arts in Medical Sciences and, in 2016, graduated with his Master of Business Administration and Doctor of Medicine.
“My teachers, colleagues and patients at Boston University School of Medicine molded me into the physician I am today. Boston Medical Center was a safety net hospital, and so many of the patients I worked with came from low-income backgrounds and/or were non-English speaking,” says Dr. Agarwal. “Through my patients, I learned that the practice of medicine is not just about understanding how to treat their disease, but also about understanding their background and specific fears or needs.”
Dr. Agarwal joins SERO after completing his medical residency in radiation oncology at UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill. He also worked at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in 2016 and has been published in the Journal of Oncology Practice.
“As oncologists, we often develop deep relationships with our patients and their families during treatment,” he says, “but there is nothing that brings me more joy than seeing them months or years after treatment feeling well and living their lives.”
Dr. Jahan Mohiuddin
Dr. Jahan Mohiuddin’s journey to radiation oncology began when his grandmother was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. As an undergraduate majoring in Environmental Health at UNC Chapel Hill, this personal experience inspired him to work in a cell biology lab studying pancreatic cancer. Later, as a medical student at the UNC School of Medicine, he discovered his passion for taking care of oncology patients.
“When it came time to pick a specialty, radiation oncology’s mix of strong patient relationships, technological innovation and emphasis on evidence-based practice was a perfect fit for me,” says Dr. Mohiuddin. “I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve my patients and their families as their radiation oncologist.”
Dr. Mohiuddin joins SERO after completing post-graduate training at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where he previously served as Chief Resident. He has also conducted research investigating the relationship between our natural intestinal bacteria and cancer treatment outcomes.
“A healthy microbiome, which is determined in large part by nutrition and a balanced diet, is consistently linked to better cancer treatment outcomes,” says Dr. Mohiuddin. “I’m privileged that my research helps empower patients with evidence-based strategies to positively influence their health.”
Dr. John D. Roberson, II
Dr. John D. Roberson, II comes to SERO after serving as Chief Resident of the Department of Radiation Oncology at Stony Brook University Hospital in New York. In May 2016, Dr. Roberson completed medical school at the University of Alabama’s Birmingham School of Medicine. He previously attended Duke University, graduating with both a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Bachelor of Arts in Religion.
While at Duke University, Dr. Roberson focused his honors thesis on breast cancer metastasis. Having been “deeply involved” in church while growing up in Alabama, he also completed an honors thesis comparing John Calvin and John Cotton on church discipline. “After taking my first religion class, I knew I wanted to take several more. I found it stimulating in a way that was entirely different from the hard sciences,” says Dr. Roberson.
Dr. Roberson is skilled in techniques including external beam radiation therapy, intensity modulated radiation therapy, image-guided radiation therapy, 4D treatment planning, deep inspiratory breath hold and abdominal compression. He is also skilled in building lasting relationships with patients.
“For some, this may be the first time they’ve truly been fearful, be it of death, the unknown or something else entirely,” says Dr. Roberson. “I have the unique opportunity to walk beside them on this journey, providing a listening ear and helping them in any way I can.”
We invite you to join us in welcoming Dr. Ankit Agarwal, Dr. Jahan Mohiuddin and Dr. John D. Roberson, II. We are confident that their expertise in radiation oncology will transform the lives of SERO’s patients.