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Jordan Kharofa, MD, a physician who wears "several hats”
within the UC Cancer Institute, including being part of the Comprehensive
Breast Cancer Center and assistant professor in the division of radiology
oncology at the UC College of Medicine, grew up in Toledo, Ohio. He received
his undergraduate degree from Ohio State University and then attended the UC
College of Medicine. After completing his residency and an internship in
radiology oncology at the Medical College of Wisconsin, Kharofa came back to
join the faculty at UC this summer.
What made you decide
to come to UC?
"After spending some time in Wisconsin, my wife and I
decided to move home to Ohio to be closer to family. I had the opportunity to
spend time in the radiation oncology department at UC as a medical student, so
I was eager to come back and work with all the great individuals within the
department. There is an incredible energy right now within the UC Cancer
Institute, and I am excited to be a part of the growth in the clinical and
research programs. My wife is a pediatrician at Cincinnati Children's Hospital
Medical Center, which was another factor in our decision.”
What do your duties
entail? Do you conduct any research?
"During my training, I developed clinical and research
interests in gynecologic and gastrointestinal malignancies. I hope to carry on
these interests at UC within the multidisciplinary gynecologic and
gastrointestinal groups. I am also a strong advocate for using clinical trials
within oncology to advance cancer care. There is already a tremendous emphasis
on clinical research at UC. I hope to further increase the clinical trial
availabilities at UC within radiation oncology. In addition to my time at the Barrett
Cancer Center, I will also be seeing patients in West Chester as well as the
Cincinnati Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center.”
What is your favorite
part of being a faculty member and physician?
"Taking care of cancer patients really requires a team
approach to provide the best care. At UC, I really enjoy having the opportunity
to work with dedicated individuals from all different specialties who are
experts in their fields. It is also very satisfying to be part of an academic
environment that prioritizes evidence-based care, research and teaching.”
What do you like to
do in your spare time? What is an interesting fact about you many may not know?
"We had our first child about a month ago, so spending time
with him is my new favorite thing to do and how I spend my spare time. I really
enjoy the outdoors. A trip to the mountains is my ideal vacation. An
interesting fact that many people don't know is that I was actually born in
Fairbanks, Alaska. My father was stationed there in the Army at the time.”