“I aim to help my patients live the life
they have been given, rather than
fear the disease they have been
When you are one of Dr. Rohit Sharma’s
patients, you become part of his family.
“As I had family members afflicted
with cancer, I relate to my patients
who have been diagnosed with the
disease,” Dr. Sharma said. His mother
was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer
and his wife is a cancer survivor.
As a part of his family, Dr. Sharma’s
patients can call him on his personal
phone at any time.
“Having a patient’s and their family’s
appreciation is the best part of my day
and more important to me than any
award,” Dr. Sharma said. “I consider
my patients to be a part of my family.
I am here to guide them through their
While Dr. Sharma is a surgical oncologist today because of his past experience with the disease, he is a surgeon because of a private audience he had with Mother Theresa when he was younger.
“At the end of the meeting she asked me what I wanted to be and whether I wanted to be a surgeon like my dad. That struck me like a lightning bolt,
and that is the day I knew I was going
to be a surgeon,” Dr. Sharma said.
Dr. Sharma completed his general surgery residency at Easton Hospital
in Easton, Pennsylvania before completing research and surgical oncology fellowships at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, New York.
He was a surgical oncologist at
the Lehigh Valley Health Network
in Pennsylvania before coming
Dr. Sharma and his wife, who has a doctorate degree in nursing, have
five children. Dr. Sharma also is a
self-proclaimed “history buff.”