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Murray-Calloway County Hospital Welcomes Dr. Alexander Diaz to The Regional Cancer Center Team

January 23, 2023

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MURRAY, KY – Dr. Alexander K. Diaz is a radiation oncologist and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist by the National Strength and Conditioning Association who will join the cancer team at Murray-Calloway County Hospital in August 2023.

He received his Bachelor of Science (B.S.) from the University of Georgia and both his Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, TN. In graduate school, his research focus was on pediatric brain tumors under the mentorship of Dr. Suzanne J. Baker at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  He is currently in his last year of residency training at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC.

Career highlights include:

  • Multiple publications in high-impact peer-reviewed journals including Nature Genetics, Seminars in Radiation Oncology, Cancer Research, International Journal of Radiation Oncology – Biology – Physics, Acta Neuropathological Communications, and Sports Medicine
  • Service Champion Gold Star Award for Exemplary Service, Duke University Medical Center
  • Hal and Alma Reagan Fellowship, University of Georgia
  • American Association for Cancer Research Minority Scholar in Cancer Research Award

Dr. Diaz will oversee the department of radiation oncology, becoming the newest member of our growing multidisciplinary team caring for patients with cancer. Radiation therapy uses precisely targeted high-energy x-rays to kill cancer cells.

Dr. Diaz has been married to his wife, Rachel, since 2018, and in March 2022 they welcomed their baby girl, Maya, to the family.

In his spare time, he enjoys weightlifting and spending time with his family. He will join the cancer care team alongside Dr. Ghanem and Alison Sasseen, APRN.

Dr. Diaz will be located at the new Regional Cancer Center located at 803 Poplar Street in Murray. For more information, call the Marketing Department at 270.762.1381

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