Ashkan Lashkari, M.D. - Medical Oncologist and Hematologist
Dr. Ashkan Lashkari
decided to become a medical oncologist and hematologist because this specialty allows him to forge incredibly close relationships with people, while working closely with colleagues and like-minded physicians. In addition, it enables him to pursue his lifelong quest to learn more about cancer.
Growing up in Santa Monica, Dr. Lashkari never doubted he would become a doctor, but he is also a man with diverse interests. From art to traveling and from exercising to service work, Dr. Lashkari has a penchant for turning every life experience into a learning opportunity. He lives life with an interest in learning everything he can, about as much as he can.
Knowing medical school was his long term pursuit, he chose to spend his undergraduate years at UCLA studying art history and genetics. After earning his bachelors in both disciplines, he immersed himself in the rigorous study of medicine at UCLA, followed by a fellowship at the City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center, which is one of Los Angeles' leading Cancer Research Centers.
The related specialties of Oncology & Hematology particularly appealed to him because it allowed him to remain an internist at heart. By studying and learning about the entire body, rather than pursuing a specialty with a narrow focus, Dr. Lashkari is able to maintain a view of patient care that leads him to treat the person rather than the condition or illness. Medical Oncology in particular, enables Dr. Lashkari to consider patient care in the context of cancer's impact on the individual. The practice of medical oncology and hematology affords Dr. Lashkari and his partner, Dr. Shaye with the opportunity to build close, lasting relationships with patients. Feelings, emotions, fears are not exclusive to their patients, and they both enjoy the honesty that exists in such an intimate doctor/patient relationship.
As a partner in Wellness Oncology & Hematology, Dr. Lashkari believes in the benefits that come from the multi-disciplinary approach of working with a collective group of doctors, nurses, therapists, home health providers, and other specialists. By working together for the collective good of every patient, Dr. Lashkari believes that more positive results can be achieved. He continues to study the ever-changing theories and advancements made in the fields of cancer and blood disorders, always looking for new ways to help patients. Cancer research is rich in opportunities for study, analysis, discovery and solutions. At Wellness Oncology & Hematology, Dr. Lashkari is an integral part of scientific studies and breakthroughs made through its clinical trial program.
Outside office hours, Dr. Lashkari is an active member of the American Society of Hematology, American Society of Clinical Oncology and The Medical Oncology Association of Southern California. He is also active in both the American Cancer Society and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. He serves as an Assistant Clinical Faculty member at UCLA-Olive View, working with fellows and residents.
His long term plans include combining his passion for helping people with his love of traveling, by becoming active with organizations to provide medical care and education to people in underserved countries.