Dr. Shum, hematology/oncology, “serendipitously” become an oncologist after two medical residents dropped out of their program, opening the door for him to be “pleasantly exposed to this most interesting field. Like most physicians, I wanted to make a difference in people’s lives,” says Dr. Shum, who considers it a privilege to treat his patients. He enjoys day-to-day interaction, communication, touch and understanding that foster patient relationships.
Dr. Shum, the youngest of a set of twins, says his name in Chinese means “someone wise who helps others to become better.” Active in the charity, Toys for Tots, he plays Santa Claus for the children of patients undergoing treatment. His hobbies include piano, skiing, tennis and coin collecting.