Meet Dr. Aju Mathew, breast cancer specialist and history buff

Making the RoundsDr. Aju Mathew, a medical oncologist at the UK Markey Cancer Center, is featured in this week’s Making the Rounds. Making the Rounds is a Q&A series where you’ll get to know the providers at UK HealthCare and what they’re like outside the lab and clinic.

Dr. Mathew studied medicine in the United Kingdom and later in India, his home country. At the UK Markey Cancer Center, he works as part of the care team specializing in breast cancer treatment.

How would your friends and family describe you?

I think they would describe me as a very passionate person who has no hesitation voicing his opinions. I’m very passionate.

Describe your ideal weekend.

A nice sunny day where I can go out with my wife for a nice hike. I love nature and the outdoors.

What website do you visit most often?

I’m a news buff so I visit news websites a lot, but I like Facebook, too.

What’s the last movie you saw?

I saw Race. It’s a fascinating movie about Jesse Owens, an African American sprinter, and how he crossed several racial barriers and basically embarrassed the Nazis in their home territory at the Olympics. He won four gold medals.

What’s the last book you read?

I just finished a book on the history of Japan. It’s an amazing tale. Right now I’m reading a book on Eric Liddell. It’s called For the Glory. He’s an athlete – he inspired the movie Chariots of Fire, and he won the Olympic gold.

I love history.

Do you have a hobby or interest outside of medicine?

Going to the antique mall and checking out old, old newspapers. I have 1940s newspapers of the D-Day landing, and I spend time reading through them and it’s fascinating! It’s my latest hobby.

What historical or fictional character do you most identify with?

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a Lutheran pastor and anti-Nazi dissident. He went against the stream of the times and made a tough decision, which is even controversial now, by opposing the Nazi regime. He sensed what is right and he did it, even in the fact of what was happening during those times.

Fictional character? Batman.


Check out our video interview below with Dr. Mathew, where he discusses the breast cancer treatment at Markey and his patient care philosophy.


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