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Dr. Raza Ali Dilawari (Commercial Appeal)Doctor Raza Ali Dilawari was the assistant dean for clinical affairs at the University of Tennessee Center for the Health Sciences and the vice chairman of the department of surgery at Methodist University Hospital. He died Sept. 18, ten days before what would have been his 65th birthday, and was described as “the premier surgical oncologist in the MidSouth” in the obituary published in the Commercial Appeal of Memphis, Tennessee.

Dilawari, a native of Pakistan, practiced surgical oncology and taught in Memphis for 35 years.

“His areas of academic interest were in the fields of breast cancer, melanoma and hepatobiliary malignancies, and he was the author of more than one hundred peer-reviewed publications,” the obit said. “He represented University of Tennessee Cancer Institute on the NCCN Melanoma/Thyroid/Colorectal Cancers. Significantly, he was the recipient of the 2005 Living Award from the Methodist Healthcare Foundation.”

According to the obit: “It is not difficult to find Memphians who have a story about how he helped them or a loved one.”


This post was contributed by Alana Baranick, a freelance obituary writer. She was the director of the Society of Professional Obituary Writers and chief author of Life on the Death Beat: A Handbook for Obituary Writers before she passed away in 2015.