Dr. Susmitha Vaka is board certified in internal medicine, hematology, and medical oncology and practices at our St. Vincent’s Riverside location. She is very excited by her work as a medical oncologist and appreciates how the field is advancing and how treatments have become more and more effective. She is also inspired by the connection to her patients, helping them understand and sort through the expanding options to choose one that works well for all their needs.
“When I meet new oncology patients, I start by understanding what they feel and what they know – about the disease, the stages of cancer, the prognosis, and treatments,” she says. Together they review the different treatment options and her recommendation. Dr. Vaka’s goal as a physician is to provide advanced care for her patients. “I believe that it is essential to educate my patients and involve them in developing a treatment plan with their goals and values in mind,” she says.
Dr. Vaka joined CSNF because of the teamwork, cutting-edge treatments, and clinical trials that we offer to patients. “I enjoy the family environment while working at CSNF,” she says. “It’s rewarding to work with patients in making them live longer with our cutting-edge treatments and see them able to spend more time with their loved ones.”
When not in the office, Dr. Vaka enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, traveling, and hiking.