Dr. Maatouk earned her medical degree at Lebanese University in Beirut, Lebanon. She completed her internship, residency and fellowship at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tenn. Dr. Maatouk chose oncology as a specialty because she wants to be able to spend time with and get to know her patients. She does her best to be there for them, to advocate for them, and to dry their tears when they are scared and give them hugs when they need them. She listens to her patients so she can understand their fears and expectations. She advises doctors to look beyond what patients tell you – to read deeply into silence – if they want to develop solid relationships. Wellmont Medical Associates offers some of the region's most skilled and compassionate medical experts, with access to the region's most advanced cancer treatment technologies and best cancer treatment centers through the Wellmont Cancer Institute.