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Dr. James Alex

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Dr. James Constantine Alex, MD, FACS, 50, of Boston, died untimely on Tuesday, May 29th, 2012. Dr. Alex, an accomplished medical doctor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck and Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Founder of The Weston Center for Cosmetic Surgery in Weston, MA was an extremely talented physician who will be eminently missed and forever cherished by all who knew him. Dr. Alex was born in Boston, grew up in Dover, MA, attended Phillips Academy (1981) and Roxbury Latin School graduating Magna Cum Laude. He then went on to Dartmouth College class of 1985 and completed medical school at Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, NH in 1989. He then completed his internship in General Surgery at Syracuse University and a second year of general surgery and a five-year residency in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Vermont. During this time, Dr. Alex was inducted into the AOA medical honor society, honoring those in the top 10% of the class. While a resident at the University of Vermont, Dr. Alex developed and first introduced the technique of Sentinel Node Radiolocalization for melanoma, breast cancer and other cancers. Through his international lectures and continued efforts, Dr. Alexs technique is currently the worldwide standard of care for the evaluation and treatment of these and other cancers. After completing his residency in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Dr. Alex was selected as a fellow at the University of Illinois at Chicago in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. This highly competitive Fellowship program was sanctioned by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) and mentored by Dr. Eugene Tardy MD (Past President of the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery) and Dean Toriumi, MD (Past President of the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery) both of whom are internationally recognized as the worlds top Rhinoplastic and Facial Plastic Surgeons. Dr. Tardy recalls when Dr. Alex when he first interviewed for the Fellowship position, the first noticeable thing about Jim Alex was his smileone could not help but be impressed by the genuine smile...warm, broad and a little impish...but absolutely genuine. And during the ensuing year, morning after morning, the smile never waned. As it turns out, the smile represented just a small external facet of Jims deep-rooted concern for people. Of course he will be remembered as a fine physician, gifted surgeon and superb scholar, but the real memories revolve around friendship and his pursuit of excellence. Jims loyalties to those who represented his teachers and mentors were absolute, demonstrated by the continued teaching he provided his students and colleagues. He was then recruited in 1997 to become the Director of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Yale University where he served in this capacity until 2004. Dr. Alex returned to the Boston area in 2003 joining the Department of Otolaryngology at the Lahey Clinic where he served as Director of the Facial Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery and Co-Chair of Lahey Cosmetic Institute. In 2009 Dr. Alex opened his own private practice, The Weston Center for Cosmetic Surgery in Weston, Massachusetts. He spent two years transforming a historic home into a state-of-the art surgical facility that is appointed with the elegant, cushy furnishings of an upscale country-style home. Dr. Alex connected his clinic to his residence so he could always be on-call for his patients, ensuring his personal attention at all times. Dr. Alex, the man was endlessly devoted to Family, Faith, Friends and Country. In this tradition, he leaves an adored family, as a beloved son left by his mother, Virginia Alex and father Christos Alex. As a dear and treasured brother of George Alex and his sister-in-law Marlena and as a fond uncle of his cherished nieces, Virginia and Isabel. Family and Faith are inseparably tied in Dr. Alexs lifetime; as an active member of the Greek Orthodox community, he will forever be renowned for his solid, unwavering religious teachings and beliefs. Dr. Alex served for over 12 years as a member of the Board of Directors on the New England Hellenic Medical and Dental Society, and for over 14 years as a Trustee of Hellenic College and Holy Cross Seminary. Finally, his love of Country is exemplified and memorialized through his many years of service, serving as a Major in the U.S. Air Forces Reserves in the Medical Corps from 1993-2006. Although Dr. Alexs passing is a true loss for humanity, his example of genuine humility, loyalty, service, warmth and hospitality will abide with us forever. In reflecting on Dr. Alexs life, Dr. Sofferman noted its hallmarks of loyalty and thoughtfulness. A successful medical career is measured by the legacy one leaves. Jim has truly left his mark, he said. Donations In Memory of Dr. James C. Alex may be made to: Hellenic College in Holy Cross Seminary (617) 731-3500, 50 Goddard Avenue, Brookline, MA 02445. All Cards of Sympathy/Condolences to the Alex Family please send to: The Weston Center, 158 Boston Post Road, Weston, MA 02493.

Published in The Wayland Town Crier from June 12 to June 19, 2012
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