He’s been called the “go to guy” by his peers. Raj Duggal, pharmacy coordinator for oncology at IU Health Simon Cancer Center often bounces between nursing staff and physicians answering questions, reviewing chemotherapy orders, and checking drug products.
“His peers in pharmacy and infusion look to him for guidance and leadership based on his clinical and operational knowledge,” said one co-worker, who recently nominated him for the Helping Hands Award. The award recognizes IU Health Cancer Center employees who exemplify care, compassion, and commitment to patients beyond expectations.
A graduate of Butler University’s Doctor of Pharmacy program, Duggal completed a residency specific to oncology and came to IU Health in in 2011.
In addition to working with staff, Duggal, 32, spends time in the cancer infusion suites educating patients about their treatment and accessing that treatment.
“I went into oncology because I was fascinated by how the drugs work and benefit the patients and I wanted to focus on the whole process. It’s nice to see patients go through the entire therapy and how they progress,” said Duggal. “My number one goal is make sure the patient gets the best experience and the best treatment possible.”
Here are few more things about Duggal:
- He grew up in Columbus, In. and has two older sisters.
- In high school and college he participated on the swim team – specializing in distance events.
- Duggal met his wife, Mary Beth at Butler University. She was also on the swim team. They have two children, a 3-year-old son and an 8-month-old daughter.
- His wife teaches yoga and Duggal is a self-proclaimed “yogi.” He and his wife also enjoy trying new restaurants.
-- By T.J. Banes