Dr. Christopher W. Seidler recently joined the team of cancer care specialists at the South County Health Cancer Center.
As an experienced, board certified hematologist/oncologist, Dr. Seidler brings additional expertise to the interdisciplinary team to provide high quality patient care and a positive patient experience.
Prior to joining the South County Health Cancer Care Team, Dr. Seidler was Medical Director at Harrington Hospital Cancer Center in Southbridge, MA.
He is a graduate of Rutgers Medical School from where he received his medical degree. He continued his training by completing an internship and residencies in internal medicine at Brown University. He also completed a fellowship in hematology/oncology at Dartmouth Medical School.
He is board certified in internal medicine, oncology, hematology, and certified by the National Board of Medical Examiners.
Q&A with Dr. Seidler
What motivated you to specialize in oncology/hematology?
I always had an interest in science. This helped in my decision to go onto college and become a biology major. I was lucky enough as an undergraduate to get an American Cancer Society Junior Research grant and I worked at Boston University Medical center doing research on immunotherapy for leukemia. That became the topic for my senior thesis. After that, I decided to go to Rutgers Medical School and ultimately did internal medicine here at Brown and a Hematology/Oncology fellowship at Dartmouth.
Do you specialize in one form of cancer over another?
I am a generalist. This allows me to be able to direct patients to where they are going to get the best care. I tend to treat primarily hematologic cancers, such as myeloma and chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Interestingly, immunotherapy for cancer is finally bearing fruit with CAR –T cells for lymphoma and myeloma, as well as the explosion of immunotherapy for solid tumors including lung, kidney and melanoma with the immune check point inhibitors.
What influenced your decision to come to South County Health’s Cancer Center?
I have worked in several large university hospitals. As I get older I find the nurturing, personalized treatment in the community setting the best for patient care when appropriate.
South County Hospital has an excellent reputation and provides cutting edge care in the community. I find the staff to be warm, friendly and accommodating. There are excellent surgeons and have excellent radiation therapy services available.
What is your philosophy of care when you interact with patients?
My philosophy is to treat everyone like I would treat my grandmother. I also think cancer patients should get extra attention. While on therapy, we provide our patients with an oncology ‘urgent care’ like access throughout the week so our patients can avoid the ER whenever possible and get treatment in a familiar environment. The patient is always my first priority.
Questions? Call the South County Health Cancer Center at 401-783-6670