Kashyap Patel, MD, CEO of Carolina Blood and Cancer Care Associates, and current president of the Community Oncology Alliance (COA), speaks on what he’s looking forward to for his first in-person Community Oncology Conference as COA president.
I’m looking forward to seeing attendees and taking part in live in-person discussions at the 2022 Community Oncology Conference, said Kashyap Patel, MD, CEO of Carolina Blood and Cancer Care Associates, and current president of the Community Oncology Alliance (COA)
Entering your second year as president of COA and first year with the Community Oncology Conference in person, what should attendees look forward to at the upcoming meeting?
This is a very incredible year, because in the last 2 years we've seen so many challenges—a once in 100 years global public health emergency, and I felt I was almost going to be the virtual president for 2 years.
Now that things are opening up, I'll now be somebody who can touch, feel, and sense. I’m a people's person, so I'm looking forward to seeing people in person, hugging, touching, talking, and feeling like a human being. I'm telling you, 2 years have literally deprived us of our sense of being who we are as a human being, and I'm looking forward to really live exchange interactions—an in-person meeting to really make a difference in people's lives.