Matthew Zoolakis is a distinguished clinical oncology pharmacist, which means he works with the team in our clinic to provide direct, customized treatments and adjust medications according to patient needs. However, he prefers to go by his first name—it helps him build personal relationships with the people that come to Women’s Cancer Care. After attending both the University of Utah and Fresno State in the pre-pharmacy programs, Matthew earned his Doctor of Pharmacy from University of the Pacific, discovering his passion for cancer care after an oncology rotation in pharmacy school. He graduated in the top 5% of his class and was recognized by the Rho Chi Honor Society for high scholastic achievement.
Initially drawn to the profession because of his drive to help others, Matthew now has more than 35 years of pharmacy experience, spending over 10 years in the oncology space in the Central Valley. He possesses a special skill for customizing patient treatments for the best possible outcomes, not just in treating the cancer, but allowing patients to live their lives as comfortably as possible during treatment. Above all, Matthew enjoys getting to know the women who come to WCC for treatment and their families—being consistently involved in treatment while connecting on an emotional level allows him to provide peace, hope, and personalized care to every patient. When he’s not in the clinic, Matthew enjoys spending time with his wife of 25 years and their 16-year-old twins. He loves playing basketball with his son, playing soccer with his daughter, going to the gym, and heading to the beach with the whole family—especially when they can bring along their beloved Frenchie, Winston.
Matthew has loved volunteering with Art of Life, especially at the Cancer Center Survivorship gathering, where cancer survivors can connect while taking part in a fun activity like painting or yoga, or simply enjoy the company of those who understand. He is also a parishioner of Saint George Greek Orthodox Church, where he is able to participate in regular acts of service for his community.