- Boston University School of Medicine
- Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
- MD Anderson Cancer Center
What are Dr. Thomas's favorite hobbies:
"Quiet, reflective activities including reading, making quilts, spending time outdoors and on the water. Spending time with family, friends. Stand up paddleboarding, kayaking, kiteboarding (still learning), bicycling, traveling to off-the-grid locations, and hiking. I also enjoy doing international volunteer oncology work. I have worked in Honduras, and recently worked as a volunteer for the month of July 2014 at the National Referral Hospital in Thimphu, Bhutan. I kept a blog: http://drmelaniesc.blogspot.com/"
Why does Dr. Thomas love practicing medicine?
"I consider it an honor and a privilege to work as a physician, especially as an oncologist. I love getting to know patients and their families, and to help them and advocate for them on a very challenging time in their life journey. Practicing medicine demands that you give a big part of yourself to your patients every day – intellectual, emotional, spiritual. I receive more from taking care of patients than I give to them. Working with highly intelligent, compassionate colleagues to provide patients with the best possible multi-disciplinary care is very enjoyable and rewarding. The field of oncology is advancing every day, and while it can be a challenge to continually keep current on the clinical and scientific advances, it is exciting to see the improvements in cancer care that are the result of tremendous scientific advances over the last 15-20 years."
Why did Dr. Thomas pursue a career in medicine?
"I had been interested in medicine while in college, but initially pursued a career in the environmental engineering field. Medicine is a 'calling' and I went into medicine as a second career after working for several years on large environmental projects in Massachusetts, including the massive Boston Harbor cleanup."