Q & A with Pink and Teal Hero Catherine Loveland-Jones, MD, MS

Catherine Loveland-Jones, MD, MS is a surgeon at the Janet Knowles Breast Cancer Center at MD Anderson Cooper and a 2017 Pink and Teal Hero. Learn what she does when she’s not in the operating room and find out the one thing she eats every day.

Q. Why did you decide to become a doctor?

A. I was always good at math and science and realized early on I wanted to interact with people rather than pipettes. One of my mentors in med school was a breast surgeon, and I would always picture myself in her shoes.

Q. What inspires you?

A. At each step of a patient’s journey with cancer, from diagnosis through treatment and recovery, there are tremendous opportunities to instill hope. It gives me great satisfaction to know that I am able to help patients through this difficult time.

Q. What do you do when you’re not working?

A. I’m a dancer. Ballet, modern jazz and hip-hop. I was a rhythmic gymnast in high school and have been dancing my whole life.

Q. What books are currently on your nightstand?

A. “White Oleander” by Janet Finch, “This is How You Lose Her” by Junot Díaz, and “Essentials of Classical Ballet.”

Q. What is one thing people may be surprised to learn about you?

A. I have a significant sweet tooth. I have a handful of candy every day.

Q. So what’s your favorite candy?

A. Jellybeans. The pink ones.

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