By: Dr. Alexea Gaffney
Dr. Alexea M. Gaffney, MD is a triple-board certified Infectious Disease sub-specialist, Internist and Pediatrician. She is, above and beyond this, a mother, speaker, author and coach. Dr. Alexea invited the world into her life when she was diagnosed with Breast Cancer at the age of 37. She publicly shared her journey through social media as she underwent a double mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiation therapy for her breast cancer treatment. Cancer has transformed her life and her worldview and she has been healing and transforming herself and others through her speaking, teaching and writing. Dr. Alexea also utilizes advocacy via conferences, community engagement and social media to educate at risk communities and the general public about lifestyle, disease prevention and management. She is a firm believer in what she calls the “Treat, Eat, Drink and Think” approach to cancer care and healing. She has utilized her social media platforms @DrAlexea (FaceBook, Instagram and Twitter) to share her medical motivation, healthy influence as well as her cancer journey. Here she not only gives glimpses and insights of her life with breast cancer but also shares the story of her cancer treatment, survival and how she thrives and helps her family cope with her treatment. She utilizes these platforms to give hope and encouragement to Breast cancer survivors and their families through and beyond the treatment process.
Her passion and purpose is to create healing pathways to help others achieve total health and wellness, mind, body and spirit.
Dr. Alexea graduated from Fisk University with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology in 2002. She received her Medical Doctorate at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY in 2007. She completed a Combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Residency Training Program and Infectious Disease Fellowship at SUNY Stony Brook Medical Center in Stony Brook, NY in June of 2011 and June 2013, respectively. She was recognized by the Department of Medicine as the “Outstanding Resident Teacher” in 2011 for her efforts in medical student education. As voluntary academic faculty, she holds the rank of Clinical Assistant Professor within the Department of Medicine and Division of Infectious Diseases at Stony Brook Medicine. She currently practices at Stony Brook Medical Associates, Stony Brook Internists in Stony Brook, NY.