Born in Panama, I graduated from the University Of Panama School Of Medicine and completed my internal medicine residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. After a few years in primary care, I decided to enter the field of oncology due to my personal family experience as well as the exciting research opportunities and challenges it presented. Upon completing my oncology fellowship at UNMC, I developed the urologic oncology program at that institution, focusing my clinical and research interests in tumors of the prostate, kidney, bladder and testes. This tenure included developing the immunotherapy program with high dose IL-2 for the treatment of kidney cancer and melanoma. I also served as the chief of oncology at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital (Omaha), was a committee member that developed the national treatment guidelines of the NCCN for prostate and kidney cancers and served on the CALGB urologic oncology subcommittee.
My practice includes the treatment of benign blood disorders as well as all malignancies, although I continue with focused expertise in prostate, kidney, bladder and testicular tumors. I am actively engaged in research, both clinical and laboratory-based, and have written many of my own clinical trials.
I view my role in the care of patients with cancer as a partnership: to explain, as best as is possible, to each patient what they are facing, review the options available and assist them in selecting the best choice for their condition and personal priorities. The care plan will emphasize different aspects depending on the goal and stage of the disease process, but always with the aim to preserve the dignity and quality of life of the individual and their family.