A ‘Prince’ of a doctor: Otchere brings heart to cardio-oncology treatment

by | Oct 6, 2021 | News

Growing up in Ghana, Dr. Prince Otchere noticed that high blood pressure ran in his family. And after he arrived at Houston for college, he learned there was a link between cardiovascular diseases and some ethnic minorities in this country.

All that inspired him to pursue a degree in molecular genetic technology, which then led him to focus on how some cancer treatments can affect the heart. He found that as genetics could explain why his family members were more susceptible to heart disease, so could it with ethnically diverse cancer patients.

“I became keenly interested in how personalized medical care can make a difference, and particularly the intersection between molecular genetics, cancer and cardiovascular disease,” said Dr. Otchere, now a physician and assistant professor at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, also known as UT Health San Antonio.

He is the new director of the cardio-oncology program at the Mays Cancer Center, home to UT Health San Antonio MD Anderson Cancer Center, and provides general cardiology consultation as well.

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