Dr. Arelis Salas-Robinson
Dr. Robinson’s journey to becoming an oncologist started early on in life, when she saw how her mother took care of her grandmother as she battled metastatic esophageal cancer. The lessons that she learned from her mother, the sleepless nights while taking care of a family member with cancer, the humility that it takes to accept the inevitable and the faith that is necessary to keep going day by day, are by far the most important lessons that she has learned in her career.
She has always been fascinated with science, which led her to join the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC, to obtain her PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in 2010. During this time, she performed research that focused on sphingolipids and their role in the mechanisms of resistance to imatinib in chronic myeloid leukemia. This further gave her the assurance that hematology and oncology was the medical specialty that she wanted to pursue. Dr. Robinson obtained her medical degree at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, in Columbia, SC in 2014. After finishing medical school, she completed her Fellowship at Louisiana State University Health in Shreveport, LA, where she was trained in internal medicine and sub-specialized in Hematology and Oncology.
Dr. Robinson has special interests in breast and lung cancers.
Dr. Robinson feels that treating patients with cancer is very challenging and exciting, especially since this field is constantly evolving with new treatments and clinical trials, but to make a difference in the life of someone else while they are dealing with such a life-changing condition, is what she loves about oncology the most.
To keep her sane and grounded, she feels blessed to have a very supportive husband and 2 beautiful sons, who bring joy to her life every day. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, and watching movies.
Dr. Robinson is fluent in both English and Spanish.