Despite extensive training and experience, Dr. Manmeet Ahluwalia says some of his greatest assets are the people he works with and for. At 12, his grandmother died from cancer, and he has dedicated a lifetime to fighting the disease in hopes of helping others.
“Every time I can help someone with cancer,” he said, “I feel like I’m giving back to my grandmother, doing the things that I couldn’t do at 12. I’m doing that for someone else’s grandmother or family member.”
Before joining Baptist this year, Dr. Ahluwalia held positions at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, including Dean and Diane Miller Family Endowed Chair in Neuro-Oncology, head of operations in the Rose Ella Burkhardt Brain Tumor and Neuro-Oncology Center, and as professor in the Department of Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University. Though his family including two children were happy in Cleveland, he said, they are adjusting to sunny Miami – and the kids are happy to spend more time poolside.
Though he now holds three positions at Baptist Health’s Miami Cancer Institute, Dr. Ahluwalia insists whenever possible that patient care is a team sport.
“You’re always stronger when you work as a team and lead by example,” he said. “We’re all working hand in hand to offer the best clinical trials for our patients.”
He was interviewed by Miami Today’s Kylea Henseler.
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