VICTORIA, TX–The sudden death of a popular oncologist in Victoria shocked many. Dr. Ahmed Qadri, 50, had touched many patients and their families with his compassion and care and he is being deeply mourned in the community.
Qadri was one of Victoriaâ€™s two oncologists and has owned and operated a private practice in the city since 2002. Originally from Karachi, Pakistan, Qadri, 50, moved to the United States in 1988. He practiced hematology and oncology in New York and Alabama before moving to Texas 13 years ago. He became a U.S. citizen in 1992, the Victoria advocate reported.
â€œThe last place you expect to get excited to visit is your oncology office. But he made a horrible situation not so horrible,â€ said patient and breast cancer survivor Wendi DuVall. â€œHe made me feel like I mattered. If I had a concern, heâ€™d listen. Heâ€™d close his chart and just talk to me.â€
DuVall, 41, who launched the Breast Friends support group in Victoria, said she has been a patient of Qadriâ€™s since she was diagnosed with cancer more than six years ago. Heâ€™s the only oncologist sheâ€™s ever allowed to treat her, and DuVall, who is now cancer free, credits Qadri for her survival.
If she could tell him anything now, â€œI would tell him, â€˜Thank you for saving my life and always treating me with dignity,â€™â€ she said, her voice trembling.