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What I Do

I perform surgery for cancer patients and help them through their treatment. Everything I do is to help people live and achieve their dreams.

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Why I Do It

My job is not just to treat cancer. It’s also to help people overcome fear so they can make the best decisions for themselves. The best thing I can hear from a patient is that they trust that I will be by their side.

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My Big Career Moment

I discovered an interest in cancer surgery thanks to two great mentors in medical school. The combination of the scientific aspects of cancer, plus the relationships with cancer patients, became something that really moved me.

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A Cancer Surgeon Helps People Live and Achieve Their Dreams

08/11/2022 06:00am | 220 views

Performing surgery might seem removed from the personal interactions that family doctors have with patients over the years. When a surgeon removes a gallbladder, for example, there’s not significant personal interaction built around the procedure. 

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About the mentor

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Isaac Benjamin Paz

Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs, Department of Surgery
City Of Hope

At City of Hope since 1990, Dr. Isaac Benjamin Paz is renowned for his expertise in breast cancer, gastrointestinal and rectal cancers, and tumors involving the bone and soft tissues. He specializes in minimally invasive surgery and has developed one of the leading centers for minimally invasive oncology surgery in California.

He is the vice chair for clinical affairs of the Department of Surgery at City of Hope, where he has helped to expand the program dramatically and develop a number of patient-focused, multidisciplinary clinics.

Dr. Paz’s career in medicine began in 1981, when he graduated with his medical degree from the Universidad de Chile, in Santiago. After medical school, he completed a general surgery residency at University of Arizona, and a surgical oncology fellowship at City Of Hope. Dr. Paz is board certified in surgery by the American Board of Surgery.