Meet Dr. Aravind SanjeevaiahGastrointestinal and Breast Cancer Specialist in Dallas

Hematologist-oncologist Dr. Aravind Sanjeevaiah is seen as a hero to many of his patients with gastrointestinal and breast cancers at UT Southwestern Medical Center. But his patients, he says, are the real heroes.

Meaningful cancer care is care that emphasizes a good quality of life.”

“Nothing pleases me more than standing shoulder to shoulder with my patients as they wage the battle against cancer and triumph,” Dr. Sanjeevaiah says. “It motivates me.”

Gastrointestinal cancers include cancers of the stomach, colon, rectum, pancreas, gallbladder, bile duct, and malignant gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs).

Fellowship-trained and board-certified, Dr. Sanjeevaiah strives to help patients live the best lives they can during treatment.

“I put a great deal of emphasis on my patients’ quality of life. Quantity of life is of course important, but I also want patients to enjoy their lives and be able to do what they want to do as much as possible,” he says.

“I’m not interested in just loading my patients with drugs that make their lives miserable. They might live longer, but if those drugs make them feel terrible, then I’m not really providing meaningful care.”

Drawing Inspiration

Dr. Sanjeevaiah draws a lot of inspiration from his patients.

“I’m profoundly influenced by the grace of my patients fighting cancer,” he says.

“They’re a big reason of why I want to help advance our understanding of cancer and be part of the process that’s ultimately going to conquer it.”