Thomas C. Caves, M.D. grew up in San Diego with an interest in science and dreams of being a pharmacist. However, after spending some time in pharmacology, he realized he wanted more patient interaction, so he made the switch to medical school, completing his medical doctorate at New York Medical College. During his fellowship and residency at UC San Diego, a mentor encouraged Dr. Caves to pursue gastroenterology. That little nudge was all he needed to devote his career to the field, he recalls that pivotal moment, “[The gastroenterologists] seemed happy and the subspecialty was the right mix of procedures and patient interaction.” As his experience progressed in the field, Dr. Caves found that he especially enjoyed helping patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), conditions that when properly addressed can really transform a patient’s life, he says.
Dr. Caves focuses on treating every patient equally, no matter who they are, what disease they have, or their health insurer. “I want to treat [each patient] as if they were one of my family members. I try to be personable, treat patients with respect, and be easy to talk to.”