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Bringing life-saving therapy to cancer patients in Guatemala

WashU Med collaborates to install radiation machine at Guatemala's only cancer clinic for the poor

by Tamara BhandariJune 29, 2021

Angel Velarde, MD, research director at the Instituto Nacional de Cáncerologia (INCAN), stops in a hallway to speak with patients waiting for radiation therapy. Patients are treated on a first-come, first-served basis and waiting rooms quickly fill up.Matt Miller

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Washington University School of Medicine’s 1,500 faculty physicians also are the medical staff of Barnes-Jewish and St. Louis Children’s hospitals. The School of Medicine is a leader in medical research, teaching and patient care, consistently ranking among the top medical schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Through its affiliations with Barnes-Jewish and St. Louis Children’s hospitals, the School of Medicine is linked to BJC HealthCare.

Tamara covers pathology, immunology, medical microbiology, cell biology, neurology, and radiology. She holds a bachelor's degree in molecular biophysics and biochemistry and in sociology from Yale University, a master's in public health/infectious diseases from the University of California, Berkeley, and a PhD in infectious disease immunology from the University of California, San Diego. Tamara worked in laboratories for about a decade before switching to science journalism. She joined Medical Public Affairs in 2016.