Dr. Rachel C. Kruspe
Medical Oncology & Hematology
Medical School: Louisiana State University at New Orleans (LSU NO)
Internship: Internal Medicine, LSU NO Health Sciences Center
Residency: Internal Medicine, LSU NO Health Sciences Center
Fellowship: Hematology/Oncology, University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital
Board Certification: Medical Oncology
Board Certification: Hematology
Board Certification: Internal Medicine
Southern Cancer Center is pleased to announce the addition of the physicians and staff of The Cancer Center of Huntsville to our practice. This partnership allows Huntsville cancer patients to still receive a high level of care, but also gives them expanded access to clinical trials and advanced treatment options, specialty pharmacy services, and expert collaboration with nearly 1,400 physicians across The US Oncology Network.
Get to know more about the experienced and knowledgeable physicians of our Huntsville clinic.
Q&A WITH DR. KRUSPE
Why did you choose to work in healthcare?
“I was fascinated with science and with learning from the time I was a young girl. While in freshman Biology, I realized that becoming a doctor would provide opportunities for lifelong learning and for using that knowledge to help others. While in medical school, I chose to pursue oncology because, unlike other fields, it provides opportunities to form meaningful relationships with patients and for continuous learning. The breakthroughs made in oncology in the past decade have been incredible, and it’s such a gift to bring these innovations to patients.”
What is your philosophy around patient care?
“I believe that active listening and empathy are the foundations for exceptional patient care. My goal is to understand my patients’ concerns and hopes so that I’m best able to meet their needs. I believe our clinic offers a warm, welcoming environment where we strive to provide personalized, thoughtful attention to our patients. We offer cutting-edge treatment with a focus on the whole patient and not simply the disease, and we do so with exceptional compassion.”
What is interesting about your personal life?
“My husband, Andy, and I met as teenagers, later reconnected, and married in 2000. We enjoy hiking, traveling, cooking and trying new foods. We also love music — I listen and Andy listens and performs. He’s a percussionist and plays and teaches the Irish drum (the Bodhran). We’ve made friends from all over the world and traveled to Ireland many times because of this little drum!”
Dr. Kruspe is a member of the American College of Physicians, American Society of Clinical Oncology, American Society of Hematology and the Madison County Medical Society. She also serves as a physician liaison for the Huntsville Hospital Cancer Committee and is a member of the Huntsville Hospital Credentials Committee. Dr. Kruspe joined The Cancer Center of Huntsville in 2008 and served as the President/CEO.
I have a great relationship with Dr. Kruspe and her staff. She is thorough and provides the facts. She has assisted me with a high survival rate against the type of cancer I have. I'm reaching seven years!
Dr. Kruspe prepared exceptionally well for my first visit after breast cancer surgery. She was aware of all prior conditions; was attentive and responsive to questions. I find her to be a sincere person concerned about my care. She listens to me and I feel very grateful to have her as my physician. (
Dr. Kruspe is top of the line, both in technical knowledge and in the way she deals with both patients and their caregivers. We would recommend her highly without reservation.
Prior to being diagnosed with cancer, I was seeing Dr. Kruspe for another condition. Based on the previous care I had received from her including her medical knowledge, time spent with me always answering my questions and never feeling rushed, I knew immediately who I wanted to see when I was diagnosed with cancer. She was the absolute best and I highly recommend her.