Dr. Yuan Yuan is passionate about working within a multidisciplinary medical team to provide whole person health care.
From a very young age, I knew I wanted to be a doctor. My father was a surgeon, and my mother was a pediatrician, and both of them expressed a tremendous amount of satisfaction with their work. I chose to specialize in oncology after my grandfather, with whom I was very close, was diagnosed with lung cancer. I finished medical school in 1994 in my native China and completed my post-graduate training in Beijing studying experimental pathology.
I then came to the University of California, Riverside, to pursue a PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. After finishing that program, I wanted to reenter medical practice and joined the New York Downtown Hospital for my residency and spent an additional three years at New York University developing a subspecialty in hematology and oncology. I joined the Loma Linda University Cancer Center team in 2009 and specialize in treating patients with breast cancer and also spend some time with hematology oncology.
I am thrilled to work as part of a multidisciplinary team dedicated to treating the whole person and not just the individual disease. When patients first come to me, I share that the medical approach toward cancer has really changed in the last 10 years. Patients hear “cancer” and sometimes feel like they've been given a death sentence.
Thanks to advances in diagnosis and treatment methods, this no longer has to be the case. Breast cancer is not only survivable, for many patients it can be quickly and fairly easily managed.
Beyond the Cancer Center
I'm the proud mother to a beautiful baby girl and am enjoying the challenge of balancing my commitment to my patients and my family. I've always loved the arts and visit museums and paint whenever I get the chance.