Richard J. Gray, M.D.

  1. General Surgeon
  2. Co-director, Breast Clinic, Arizona
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I'm very optimistic about the future of cancer treatment. I've been doing this long enough to see the incredible strides that have already been made. I'm Richard Gray and I am a Surgical Oncologist, so I specialize in cancer surgery.

For patients that come for cancer treatment I'm going to bring the latest surgical techniques, I'm going to bring the latest technology, I'm going to bring the latest opportunities to bring together multiple types of treatments on their behalf.

I want them to be able to see what is true about me, that I care about learning about them as an individual, and I care about their outcome. Not just in terms of their cancer treatment, but their outcome as an individual and as a person that I value.

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Richard J. Gray, M.D., FACS, is a surgical oncologist and professor of surgery at the Arizona campus of the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center. He has been on the faculty of Mayo Clinic since 2001. Dr. Gray is the co-director of the Mayo Clinic Center for Breast Health in Arizona and co-chair of the Breast Disease Group for all of Mayo Clinic. He has published more than 110 peer-reviewed research manuscripts. His areas of specialized clinical care and research include:

  • Breast cancer prevention and treatment
  • Retroperitoneal sarcoma
  • Melanoma
  • Surgical oncology

Dr. Gray is also deeply involved in the education of physicians in training, practicing physicians, patients and the public. He was recognized as the 2013 Mayo Clinic Distinguished Educator and has received numerous other education awards during his career. His emphasis on education extends to his own patients with whom he takes pride in providing detailed explanations and education on their cancer and their best treatment options.

Dr. Gray strives for precision treatment tailored to each patient's unique tumor as well as the unique characteristics and goals of each patient as an individual.

  1. Breast cancer
  2. Melanoma
  3. Sarcoma
  4. Stomach cancer
  1. Cancer treatment
  2. Intraoperative radiation therapy
  3. Radiation therapy
  4. Sentinel node biopsy
  • Breast cancer
  • Melanoma
  • Sarcoma
  • Gastric cancer
  • Surgical oncology
  • Local-regional breast cancer therapy
  • Local recurrence risks and margin status in cancer treatment
  • Melanoma
  • Sentinel lymph node
  • Intraoperative radiation therapy
  1. 2001
    Fellow - Surgical OncologyH. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, Tampa, Florida
  2. 2000
    Chief Resident Associate - General SurgeryMayo School of Graduate Medical Education, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  3. 1999
    Resident - General SurgeryMayo School of Graduate Medical Education, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  4. 1996
    Internship - General SurgeryMayo School of Graduate Medical Education, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  5. 1995
    MDCollege of Human Medicine, Michigan State University
  6. 1991
    BA - cum laudeLake Superior State University, Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan


  1. 2001
    General SurgeryAmerican Board of Surgery


Research activities

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