Dr. Ayed Ayed is board-certified in medical oncology, hematology, and internal medicine and practices at our Riverside and Northside locations. Dr. Ayed originally grew up in Palestine and received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Jordan. His first home in the United States was Gainesville, FL, where he lived for three years while completing his residency at the University of Florida. He credits the many day and weekend trips he took to neighboring towns and the springs during his residency as one of his reasons for returning to North Florida after completing his fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.
While in high school, Dr. Ayed’s uncle was diagnosed with cancer. “His experience showed me how inadequate control of symptoms and lack of information can lead to anxiety and suffering,” he shares. This experience, combined with his love of science and biology, led him to a career in medicine and oncology, and taught him invaluable ways to assist patients. “Through witnessing my uncle’s experience, I learned that good communication and symptom management are paramount. This is something I try to emphasize with all of my patients,” he says. Dr. Ayed further adds, “my philosophy when it comes to helping patients is that keeping them well-informed results in patients who are more empowered and confident in their treatment plan.”
Dr. Ayed loves that his jobs offers him the opportunity of finding joy through service. “Serving my patients, colleagues, and community is my greatest privilege,” he says.
In his free time, Dr. Ayed enjoys vegetarian cooking, gardening, spending time with friends and loved ones, and being in nature doing activities such as hiking and kayaking.