I am Dr. Philip Salem, and I am the president of Salem Oncology Center. I established this center in September 1991, when I was professor of Cancer Medicine and Research at the M. D. Anderson Cancer Center here in Houston. I felt then, the need for a private center of excellence, and also I felt very strongly that scientific knowledge alone in cancer treatment is not enough. It takes a lot more than knowledge to cure the patient.
I am a believer in the power of love and compassion. My motto has always been and will ever remain: “The doctor who does not love his patient can not cure him”. I am also a believer in the power of courage and perseverance. The road to the cure in cancer is usually long and brutal. Should the doctor lose courage, the patient will certainly fall. In addition and above all, I am a believer in the power of hope.
To me, treating cancer is not a job, it is a calling. It is a privilege. Every morning, I open my eyes; I thank the Lord for this privilege. Also, I thank him because I cannot think of a work which could possibly be greater or more noble than the work I do here every day.