Nestled in the Columbia River Gorge, Hood River has long been considered a hidden gem, thanks to its proximity to endless scenic hiking trails, a robust food and drink scene, and the perfect balance between a dense suburban feel and thousands of acres of farmland.
Cue Eric C. Anderson M.D., Ph.D., hematology oncologist at Providence Hood River Cancer Center, who loves to hike, cook, camp, snowshoe, sleep, eat great food, travel and stay home with his family.
“My work gives my life purpose, and my life outside of work keeps me grounded,” said Dr. Anderson.
As a father, partner and doctor, the importance of finding balance between work and play is something Dr. Anderson understands well. His favorite place to be is on the trail, beach or mountain with his partner and their three giant dogs. When he isn’t taking his family on one of the many adventures the Pacific Northwest has to offer, Dr. Anderson is dreaming of bigger adventures like traveling to Antarctica or his biggest adventure of all—watching his daughter turn into the amazing adult she is becoming.
Some experiences, however, are best found right at home. It may come as a surprise to learn that Dr. Anderson is an accomplished home chef, whose love of cooking is inspired by his friends and family. He said there is no better way to show them his love and appreciation than to invite them to share a home-cooked meal at his dinner table.
People are incredibly important to Dr. Anderson. In both his personal and professional life, he prioritizes being kind to those around him. His personal philosophy, “clarity is kindness and kindness is free,” is fitting for someone described as caring, wise and supportive—three defining traits of his professional reputation, as well.
“Everyone is different, and everyone’s cancer is different, so everyone deserves care that is specific to them and their cancer.”
“I came to oncology while doing research for my Ph.D. I was drawn to cancer research because it’s interesting and meaningful,” said Dr. Anderson. “Once I got an opportunity to help care for people with cancer, I knew there was no other way I wanted to spend my career in medicine.”
Between the community, location and his dream to one day open his very own alpaca ranch, Hood River seems to be a perfect fit for Dr. Anderson, his family and their dogs.
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