From Bench to Bedside: O'Shaughnessy Keeps Patients in Focus

Published: Sunday, Jul 02, 2017
Joyce A. O’Shaughnessy, MD

Joyce A. O’Shaughnessy, MD

Joyce A. O’Shaughnessy, MD, may be an accomplished clinical investigator, researcher, and educator, but at the end of the day, it’s her patients who drive her.

“I find my peers and colleagues turning to me, and I turn to them for help and guidance. It is usually about patient management, so the goal is really about trying to help the individual patient,” said O’Shaughnessy. “I see the impact that education can have as I talk to people who have an experience that I haven’t had and I, in turn, help teach and give suggestions to other doctors dealing with challenges that I have had.”

What Inspired Her Passion

The first patient to motivate O’Shaughnessy was her sister, Teri, who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia at age 5 in 1970, when O’Shaughnessy was in high school. She was treated on clinical trials and for a period of time did well. O’Shaughnessy wanted to better understand the disease her sister was fighting and soon became very interested in the biology of leukemia.
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