Biography

Aravind R. Sanjeevaiah, M.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center, and a member of its Division of Hematology and Oncology. He specializes in the evaluation and non-surgical treatment of gastrointestinal and breast cancers.

Originally from India, Dr. Sanjeevaiah earned his medical degree at Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute. He completed an internal medicine residency at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island in Pawtucket, and received advanced training through a hematology and oncology fellowship at West Penn Alleghany Health System in Pittsburgh.

Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in internal medicine, hematology, and oncology, he joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2016.

Dr. Sanjeevaiah focuses his research on gastric cancer, immune therapies, and targeted therapies.

He is an active member of the American Society of Hematology and the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

Meet Dr. Sanjeevaiah

Gastrointestinal and Breast Cancer Specialist in Dallas

Hematologist-oncologist Dr. Aravind Sanjeevaiah is seen as a hero to many of his patients with gastrointestinal and breast cancers at UT Southwestern Medical Center. But his patients, he says, are the real heroes.

“Meaningful cancer care is care that emphasizes a good quality of life.”

“Nothing pleases me more than standing shoulder to shoulder with my patients as they wage the battle against cancer and triumph,” Dr. Sanjeevaiah says. “It motivates me.”

Gastrointestinal cancers include cancers of the stomachcolon, rectumpancreasgallbladder, bile duct, and malignant gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs).

Fellowship-trained and board-certified, Dr. Sanjeevaiah strives to help patients live the best lives they can during treatment.

“I put a great deal of emphasis on my patients’ quality of life. Quantity of life is, of course, important, but I also want patients to enjoy their lives and be able to do what they want to do as much as possible,” he says.

“I’m not interested in just loading my patients with drugs that make their lives miserable. They might live longer, but if those drugs make them feel terrible, then I’m not really providing meaningful care.”

Drawing Inspiration

Dr. Sanjeevaiah draws a lot of inspiration from his patients.

“I’m profoundly influenced by the grace of my patients fighting cancer,” he says.

“They’re a big reason of why I want to help advance our understanding of cancer and be part of the process that’s ultimately going to conquer it.”

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Education & Training
  • Fellowship - Western Pennsylvania Hospital (2010-2013), Hematology Oncology
  • Residency - Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island (2007-2010), Internal Medicine
  • Medical School - Bangalore Medical College, India (1997-2003)
Books & Publications
Research
  • Targeted Therapy
  • Immune Therapy
  • Gastric Cancer

Clinical Focus

  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Gastrointestinal Cancers
  • Gallbladder & Bile Duct Disease
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Liver Cancer
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Stomach/EG Junction Cancer
  • Rectal Cancer
  • Medical Treatment of Breast Cancer
  • Medical Treatment of Gastrointestinal Cancer

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Q&A by Dr. Sanjeevaiah