Shannon Kahn, MD
Undergrad Institution; Degree and Major:
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Emory University School of Medicine
Where and for how many years did you train AFTER medical school?
5 years at Emory University (1 year preliminary internal medicine, 4 years radiation oncology)
In practice since:
Radiation oncology, with a focus on breast cancer, brain tumors, and lung cancer
How did you choose your Specialty?
My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer as a second year medical student which exposed me to the field. I rotated through the department shortly thereafter and knew immediately that this is what I wanted to pursue.
What do you like MOST, and like LEAST, about your specialty?
Most: Extended patient interaction at consultation and follow up. Evolving technology which allows for rewarding outcomes and continued learning.
Least: Competitiveness of entry can limit some to pursue.
In your opinion, what attributes are important in anyone choosing this specialty?
Compassion and care of patients needs to be foremost as a cancer diagnosis is often a traumatic experience for the patient and family. Our patients need a physician who will work hard for them and be their advocate.