Dr. Ayed Ayed is board certified in Medical Oncology, Hematology, and Internal Medicine and works at our St. Vincent’s Riverside location. He completed his fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN and his residency at the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL.
Dr. Ayed loves that his job offers him the opportunity to find joy in service. “Serving my patients, colleagues, and community is my greatest privilege,” he says. His philosophy when it comes to helping patients is that keeping patients well-informed results in patients who are more empowered and confident in their treatment plan. Dr. Ayed’s uncle was diagnosed with cancer when he was in high school. “His experience showed me how inadequate control of symptoms and lack of communication can lead to added anxiety and suffering. Through this experience, I learned that good communication and symptom management is key,” he says.
Originally from Palestine, his first home in the United States was Gainesville, FL. He lived there for three years with many day and weekend trips to neighboring areas. He adds, “I love the natural beauty of North Florida and truly feel at home here.” Dr. Ayed enjoys vegetarian cooking and he likes to experiment with blending flavors from different cuisines and regions to come up with new and unique dishes.
When not working he enjoys being in nature and spending time with friends. “I love hiking trails, kayaking, cooking, reading, live music, and visiting new places,” he says.