Dr. Elwyn Cabebe ’92 is the new Medical Director of the Stanford Cancer Center South Bay. He told us that, in addition to promoting enrollment in Stanford's cancer clinical trials, he's interested in improving access to cancer services for disenfranchised, underrepresented and minority communities.
"It's really difficult to drive from, say, Gilroy or Marin all the way to Palo Alto in order to get access to these life-saving innovative therapies that we at Stanford have to offer," he said. "So, a few years ago, Stanford decided to expand our oncology network, and now we have cancer centers throughout the Bay Area — in the South Bay, in Redwood City, in Emeryville and in Pleasanton. The focus of these centers is to provide high-level oncology care in the communities where people who need that care are. In my role, I am able to use Stanford oncology technology and resources to really reach out to underserved and under-resourced communities. That's my passion right now."
When asked about his memories of SI, Dr. Cabebe gushed about the many mentors at the school who had a positive impact on his life.
"SI really was a home away from home for me. My mom was disabled, and my dad worked all the time, so I spent a lot of time on campus. I could go on and on about every teacher I had, and how so many people had an impact on my development as a person and motivated me to reach beyond what I had previously thought I could attain. I think of Mr. Grealish, Brother Lee, Father John Murphy, Mr. Totah, Sra. Rosa-Stagi, Sra. Talavan… SI has a special place in my heart, and I'm grateful for my time and education there."