Biography

Ritu Lapsiwala, MD, is an Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine in the Division of Hematology/Oncology at UT Southwestern Medical Center. She treats adult patients with blood disorders and wide range of cancers at Veteran Affairs North Texas Healthcare System.  Dr. Lapsiwala completed her medical training in India from University of Mumbai.  During her residency in internal medicine at PinnacleHealth Hospitals, she developed an interest for caring for patients with cancer.  She then completed a fellowship in hematology/oncology at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in 2009. 

In addition to her work in hematology/oncology, Dr. Lapsiwala is passionate about evidence based integrative medical approaches that play a major role in disease prevention and survivorship care plan. She believes that Integrative Oncology which combines mainstream oncology along with whole person approach truly benefits patients.  Her interest in comprehensive holistic approach led her to complete a fellowship in integrative medicine at University of Arizona in 2016.  She has also finished acupuncture training for physicians from Academy of Pain Research in San Francisco.

Board certified in hematology, medical oncology and internal medicine, Dr. Lapsiwala is a member of the American Medical Association, American Society of Clinical Oncology, and Association of VA Hematology Oncology.

Dr. Lapsiwala’s interests outside of medicine include spending time her family, cooking, reading, and travelling.

Research Interest

  • Breast Cancer
  • Integrative Oncology
  • Palliative Care
  • Survivorship Clinic

Publications

Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Cancer stem cells, endothelial progenitors, and mesenchymal stem cells: "seed and soil" theory revisited.
Lin EH, Jiang Y, Deng Y, Lapsiwala R, Lin T, Blau CA Gastrointest Cancer Res 2008 Jul 2 4 169-74

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • Association of VA Hematology/Oncology (AVAHO) (2017)