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Panola selects Dr. Vukelja as commencement speaker

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Dr. Svetuslava Vukelja will be the commencement speaker for Panola College for spring graduation on May 9, 2014 at 7 PM at the Carthage Civic Center. Dr. Vukelja currently is the Associate Director for Lymphoma, Breast Cancer, and Gene Therapy, and Staff Hematologist/Oncologist – Texas Oncology, (Tyler Cancer Center, Tyler, Texas). She is board certified in hematology, internal medicine and medical oncology. Dr. Vukelja is a fellow of the American College of Physicians. She has over 60 publications and 113 abstracts she has authored or co-authored. She was instrumental in the creation of a children’s book “Mom has Cancer What Do I Do”? and also authored Seeds from My Patients which shares the priceless seeds of faith, hope and courage that cancer patients have planted in a doctor’s life. This book has true stories about the power of hope, the importance of laughter and the triumph of the human spirit over difficulty will inspire and encourage you.

Dr. Vukelja received her medical degree in 1983 at the Uniformed University Services of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. She completed her internship and residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. where she also completed a Hematology/Oncology Fellowship in 1989.

Dr. Vukelja is known to her patients as “Dr. V” where the “V” stands for Victory in the fight against cancer. She has been awarded Outstanding Research Award for Excellency, CARES (Compassionate, Attentive Responsive, Enthusiastic and Smiling) award by Human Relations Council of BAMC, and Outstanding Achievement in Cancer Research. In 2006 and 2007 she was awarded Top Doctors in Texas Award and in 2008 was given the All Saints Episcopal School Founders’ Day Flame of Excellence Award.

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