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How a Doctor-Patient Bond Inspired the Pursuit of a Great Humanitarian Cause

Our very own Dr. Jose Bufill, a medical oncologist at Michiana Hematology Oncology, has collaborated with one of his previous patients to cofound an organization to improve oncology services in Rwanda.

Alice Cyusa, who was diagnosed with leukemia in 2017, completed her treatment under Dr. Bufill’s care and their doctor-patient bond inspired them to pursue a great humanitarian cause. They created the Komera Rwanda Cancer Foundation in Rwanda to support patients with cancer.

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) recently interviewed Dr. Bufill and Alice in anticipation of their participation in the ASCO 2020 meeting to learn more about their foundation.

Listen to their ASCO Daily News Podcast here.

Jose Bufill
Jose A. Bufill, M.D., F.A.C.P., a native of Havana, Cuba, earned his medical degree from the University of Navarre in Pamplona, Spain, a leading European academic medical center. He then completed an internal medicine residency and a fellowship in medical oncology-hematology at the Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. After clinical training, he was a visiting research fellow in the Department of Medical Genetics at the University of Helsinki in Finland where he participated in the study of hereditary non-polyposis colorectal cancer. In the 1990s, he published articles on inherited colon cancers which were recognized as helpful contributions to the field of colon cancer genetics. Dr. Bufill is a fellow of the American College of Physicians, a member of the American Society of Human Genetics, and is board certified in internal medicine and medical oncology.
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