Last Updated: Feb 5, 2019
FOR RELEASE Feb. 5, 2019
HARRISBURG, Pa. – Raghava Reddy Levaka Veera, a hematologist/oncologist from Wilkes-Barre, Pa., has been named February’s Everyday Hero by the Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED).
PAMED’s Everyday Hero Award is designed to showcase talented physicians who probably don’t view themselves as heroes, but to patients and colleagues they are. The award is a monthly member honor.
Dr. Levaka was nominated for the Everyday Hero award by one of his patients, Carol Ferrell, who feels that the kindness and care he shows is exceptional. “He is by my side each and every step of the way,” she says, noting that he uses his knowledge of new and innovative technological advancements to help patients like her choose the right care plan.
Dr. Levaka’s commitment to his field began early. “I was destined to become a doctor,” he says, reflecting on his childhood in India. His mother had dreamed of becoming a physician herself, but financial and social issues at that time made it difficult for her to pursue that path. She became a teacher and encouraged her children to consider a career in medicine.
When it comes to treating cancer, Dr. Levaka says, it’s important to take a multidisciplinary approach.
He regularly attends multidisciplinary conferences and clinics where many specialists – including general oncologists, surgeons, and radiologists – work together to help create care plans for their patients. Another crucial part of his work is keeping up with the latest research and new treatment options. In the last few years alone, significant innovations such as immunotherapy have changed the way certain cancers are treated.
Dr. Levaka graduated from Kurnool Medical College in Andhra Pradesh, India. He then took the next step in his career as an internal medicine resident at Abington Memorial Hospital. At Abington, his first rotation as an elective was in oncology/hematology. He knew right away that a sub-specialty in hematology/oncology was the right choice for him.
Following his residency, he completed a fellowship with Temple Health’s Fox Chase Cancer Center.
You can learn more about his story at noon on Feb. 5, when PAMED will present Dr. Levaka with the Everyday Hero Award. A brief ceremony will be held at Henry Cancer Center, 1000 E. Mountain Blvd. Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711.
Patients and medical colleagues can nominate PAMED member physicians for this award at www.pamedsoc.org/EverydayHero.
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