Dr. Alex Diamond, has many titles and serves in multiple roles — associate professor of pediatrics and orthopedic surgery, director of the Program for Injury Prevention in Youth Sports (PIPYS) and team physician for Vanderbilt University, the Nashville Predators and the Nashville Sounds.
But he favors one — advocate.
Colleagues throughout the state agree, as evidenced by the Tennessee Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (TNAAP) voting him Pediatrician of the Year.
Dr. Diamond, a graduate of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, completed his residency in pediatrics at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. He came to Vanderbilt for a primary sports medicine fellowship in 2007, joined the faculty in 2008 and received a Master of Public Health degree in 2011.
He is also the co-founder of the Safe Stars initiative, the first youth sports rating system in the country.
“Sports has always been a real transformative part of my life,” Dr. Diamond said. “Staying connected to that was really important for me. I believe that when done the right way, athletics provides an unmatched vehicle to improve the physical, mental and emotional health for our youth.”
Being named Pediatrician of the Year came as a complete surprise to Dr. Diamond, who said he is humbled by the recognition.
“In regard to this award, I know that nothing great or special really happens with just one person. It takes a team to accomplish these things, and I hope my receiving this award serves as a reflection of the amazing work that is being done by many individuals and organizations that have allowed me to partner with them.”Tags: Friday Letter Submission, Publish on September 06