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Aug 23, 2022

Luis Diaz, MD, is the Head of the Division of Solid Tumor Oncology and holds the Grayer Family Chair at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Dr. Diaz is an internationally recognized physician-scientist, accomplished physician, researcher, and leader in the field of clinical oncology. He has pioneered several diagnostic and therapeutic genomic approaches to cancer and has developed the basis for a molecular pap smear, a promising way to detect early-stage ovarian and endometrial cancers based on genetic markers. He is one of the seven distinguished members of the National Cancer Advisory Board at The White House and was recently inducted into the prestigious Giants of Cancer Care.

“Trust amongst a team enables ideas to emerge that can change a project from one that is mundane or incremental, into one that can deliver a world class result. Try to assimilate yourself in teams which not only have passion, resources, and talent, but that also give you the opportunity to speak freely; so that when moments come, ideas can flow that make a world class difference.”

Pearls of Wisdom:
1. Trust is the key component of successful teams, and it is what will create an environment where creative ideas are unleashed and take incremental success to world-class success.
2. Leadership is about being nervous that sets the stage for equanimity and having comfort and clarity that allows you to navigate the situation.
3. We have to be better every day and the mindset of continuous development is the key to making the difference between great and master clinicians.