Dr. Ye is a radiation oncologist at USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center at Keck Medicine of USC. He specializes in a wide array of advanced radiation treatment techniques for people with lung, breast, brain and spine tumors.
Here’s what you won’t find on his resume.
He can’t wait to swim with manta rays in Kona.
“When I’m not working, I enjoy traveling to new places and participating in outdoor activities, like hiking and skiing. I also love scuba diving and try to incorporate it into my trips at least once a year. My most recent scuba diving trip was in the Cayman Islands, and the next one I look forward to is on the Big Island of Hawaii, where I hope to scuba dive with manta rays in Kona.”
The power of three defines his life.
“I’ve been lucky enough to live in three countries, and I speak three languages. I was born in northern China to a father who is a software engineer and a mother who is an internal medicine physician. When I was 7 years old, my parents left China to further their studies and to give me an opportunity for a better future. As a result, I spent my formative years in Japan, then the United States, starting in high school.”
His surroundings led him down the path of medicine.
“Being exposed to the health care system by close family members sparked my interest in the field of medicine at a young age. This early interest in medicine, backed by hard work during high school, led me to an accelerated seven-year liberal arts/medical education program at Boston University that provides students opportunities to get an early start in their medical career.”
Alleviating his patients’ anxiety is a priority.
“Radiation oncologists tend to see patients after a cancer diagnosis has been made and they’ve already seen a surgeon and/or a medical oncologist. It’s not uncommon for patients to feel overwhelmed by their diagnosis and the amount of information they have to process. The most rewarding part of my job is when I’m able to alleviate my patients’ anxiety by listening to their concerns and answering their questions.”
His patients keep him striving to be the best.
“It may sound like a cliché, but my patients keep me going every day. They inspire me to be the best physician I can be.
Throughout my career, my patients have taught me so much about living life, coping with illness and how to be a good doctor and human being in general. Knowing that I’m making a difference in the life of the person sitting in front of me makes me want to be better every day.”
Keck Medicine gives him the ability to bring the most advanced radiation techniques to his patients.
“My favorite part about working at Keck Medicine of USC is being part of a team that provides the most advanced care to people who are going through a very difficult time in their lives. At Keck Medicine of USC, I get to treat my patients using advanced radiation techniques, such as stereotactic body radiation therapy; intensity-modulated radiation therapy; prone breast radiation therapy; stereotactic radiosurgery, including the Gamma Knife®; image-guided radiation therapy; and more.
I’m also actively involved in research with various ongoing clinical trials, both here at Keck Medicine of USC and nationally. The research I’m involved in looks at ways to deliver better and more convenient radiation schedules, as well as combining radiation therapy with new medications, like immunotherapy.”
He values Keck Medicine’s team approach to care.
“At Keck Medicine of USC, we are lucky to have a group of dedicated and caring physicians, nurses and staff, across many specialties, who work together as a team to take care of our patients. In our multidisciplinary breast and lung cancer clinics, patients get to meet all the experts they need to see for their care in one day. That could be as many as eight appointments that patients would normally have to make on separate occasions.
Our nurse navigators are in constant communication with our patients, to ensure a smooth visit and help minimize scheduling delays of scans and procedures, all while communicating effectively between different providers within each patient’s scheduled treatment plan. When dealing with complex issues like cancer, this is a huge benefit. Meeting their entire care team in one day can take a load of stress away from patients who are overwhelmed and who might not know where to begin to schedule all their appointments.”