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Danielle Camstra, PA, MS is a physician assistant in the Oncology/Hematology Infusion Clinic. As a child she wanted to be a veterinarian and still thinks being a pet photographer would be a great gig. Next year she hopes to attend two medical conferences. 

What is your role in the Department and what patients do you serve?

I’m a physician assistant (Advanced Practice Provider) in the Oncology/Hematology Infusion Clinic

Where are you from?

Originally downstate New York – near Manhattan, but have lived up, down and all around NY/NJ for years.

Did you always envision yourself as an APP?

Nope, as a child I wanted to be a Veterinarian

What is the most rewarding part of your work?

Connecting with patients, feeling that I was able to help them in some way.

How has your role evolved over time since you’ve been here?

In a few ways, but difficult to articulate.

What is one thing that you wish people knew about your job?

Particularly, working in Infusion; it is difficult to work with the full spectrum of all oncology patients. I am constantly reading and learning. I feel like I never know everything there is to know.

Personally or professionally, what are you most proud of?

All of my overcoming of major life events. And of course, my children.

If you didn’t have a career in medicine, what would you be doing?

Probably a professional pet photographer. I think it would be fun to be surrounded by puppies and kittens all day. They’re just pure, positive energy.

What hobbies do you enjoy outside of work?

I love working out (Spin class, pilates, HIIT, yoga), meditating, being outside, doing arts & crafts with the kids, traveling

If you had to eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

That’s tough. I’m a sucker for Asian foods

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?

“words don’t teach, actions teach” and ”When its hard, it matters the most”

What do you hope to accomplish in the next year?

Attending at least 2 medical conferences