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Jul 19, 2019
Dr. Zuhir Bodalal wanted to be able to offer chances to patients who would otherwise be out of options, so he needed to find a way to bridge different worlds.
Jul 11, 2019
Consensus among a multidisciplinary team may not be easy, but it is, ultimately, the goal. That, in and of itself, is the definition of quality care.
Jul 08, 2019
How does a group of talented, busy surgeons find the time to change their surgical paradigm? Dr. Nabil P. Rizk and I had an enlightening conversation about cost, value, quality of care, and process improvement.
Jul 02, 2019
Regardless of prognosis, we all must live with the reality that time is fleeting, and none of us have unlimited tomorrows.
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Richard Mark Boulay, MD

Richard M. Boulay, MD, FACOG, is the chief of gynecologic oncology and the director of cancer survivorship at Lehigh Valley Health Network Cancer Institute in Allentown, PA, where he also chairs the ACOS CoC Cancer Committee. In 2008, at the time of his wife’s diagnosis with leukemia, Rick found support, comfort, and wisdom in his patients’ narratives. With profound respect and admiration for their wisdom, he rededicated his career to the understanding of cancer survivorship. His numerous articles, written at the intersection of cancer and society, join his many recordings of vocal therapeutic music and a recently Emmy-nominated documentary Close to Home: Cancer Survivorship, each sharing the wisdom of cancer survivorship. Join Rick on Twitter @journeycancer.

May 23, 2018
I thought providing good care was enough. I thought treating everyone the same was enough. But I realized that I have to be aware of how race and racism affect my patients and how they experience the medical system.
Mar 12, 2018
I was normal… once. Then I went to medical school. 
Jan 17, 2018
In my experience, cancer treatment plans rarely progress linearly. The further we veer from the anticipated course, the more wrong and dark and sinister it feels. 
Dec 18, 2017
We all have them: the needy patients who take an extraordinary amount of your time and effort. Consider that they aren't needy, but in need. And we can help.
Nov 30, 2017
I understood cancer as an oncologist: I understood its breadth. The manifestation of disease. Now, as a cancer caregiver, I understand its depth.