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Lois Teston

Hometown Hero

Lois Teston, MD, Director, Ambulatory Services, University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center had an unconventional journey into medicine. When she entered medical school, she was 30 years old, a wife and mother of three children ranging in age from 1 year to 9 years.

Married to her high school sweetheart Michael soon after graduation, Lois took a job as a unit secretary in a hospital cardiac unit while her husband finished college. She excelled in her position, and worked in the hospital setting for ten years before returning to academia. After an encouraging conversation with an advisor at Case Western Reserve University and encouragement from Michael, her original plan to become an English teacher was replaced by a new dream to become a physician that would require years of dedication, sacrifice and intense study.

Today, Dr. Teston is a clinical hematologist/oncologist and the Medical Director of Regional Ambulatory Services at UH Seidman Cancer Center. She joined University Hospitals in 2000, and has dedicated her career to community medicine. In addition to managing a full patient load, she regularly travels around Northeast Ohio to provide oversight and direction at the many UH Seidman Cancer Center locations. "The community hospital setting has always felt like home to me," said Dr. Teston.

In addition to her work at UH, Dr. Teston has participated in medical mission experiences in Zimbabwe, Dominican Republic and Haiti.

Together, Lois and Michael consistently support UH through capital giving and annual events like Miracles Happen and Five Star Sensation. They have given significant support to UH Geneva Medical Center, and recently made a generous pledge of $50,000 for the expansion of UH Seidman Cancer Center at UH Geneva Medical Center. "We are excited to be a part of the energy, effort and forward vision for cancer care at UH Geneva Medical Center," said Dr. Teston. "As a native of Ashtabula County, we are pleased to partner with UH to ensure that state-of-the-art care is the norm in our home community."

And so, her resume as physician, leader, role model, wife and mother has grown to include philanthropist and hometown hero. "My entire career has been built here at UH – I am grateful for the investment they made in me; and Michael and I are happy to reciprocate any way we can."

Join Lois in supporting our health system with a gift to UH today! Whether designated to a particular facility or area or benefiting general operations through the UH Fund, your contribution will help advance the science of health and the art of compassion.

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