Clay Alexander graduated from Yale with a BA in English followed by an MD from Cornell Medical College. After five years of internship and residency at the Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, he joined the Army and spent two years based in Japan caring for Vietnam War wounded. He practiced and taught in New York City for ten years as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery (Columbia University) at Roosevelt Hospital.
Clay moved to Dallas, Texas in 1977 and continued his general surgery practice. He authored numerous medical articles, appeared on local and national (CNN) TV and served actively on many hospital committees and local Boards. He was on the Quality Assurance Committee of the Travelers Insurance Company in Dallas as well as the Texas State Quality Assurance Committee of the Texas Medical Foundation. He wrote opinions, both for plaintiffs and defendants, in malpractice suits and testified at trials.
Painting, wood carving, volunteering, and tennis make Clay’s life fulfilling. He published his fifth novel, The Awakening of Thomas Hunter in 2017. He lives with his wife in Southern California and they are devoted to their three sons, daughters-in-law and five grandchildren.