First job? As an oncologist at Sanford Health in Bemidji.
Free time? I love to travel – for work, for fun, for family and friend connections. I go to the gym two or three times a week, and I do yoga every day. I’m very spiritual, and I love fashion. And the best thing in my life is just being with my son and my mom.
Best part of your work? The patient connection. I love it. When you build that rapport with your patient and their family and you start feeling like they’re your family, that’s the best part. And staff connection – when you’re spending 8 hours a day with your staff, they just become a part of your life.
Best advice you ever got? This may be a little counter-intuitive: In my first job, I was advised to focus on work-life balance from the very beginning, because it’s easy to sink yourself into work if you’re passionate about it. But that puts you at the risk of burnout. The best advice: Take good care of yourself so you can take good care of others.
Why healthcare? My parents and my brother are doctors. My family has been my inspiration to be a doctor.
If not healthcare, what would you be doing? I’d want to be an interior decorator or fashion designer. I really feel happy when I see people being creative about small details, which they do in fashion and design. Eventually, I want to join together the three things that matter most to me: spirituality, fashion, and oncology.
Dr. Kamboj cares for patients in the Cancer Care & Infusion Center at Northfield Hospital. To make an appointment, call (507) 646-6979.