Nia Zalamea, MD is a board-certified general surgeon at Regional One Health. She earned her medical degree at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City and completed an internship and residency in general surgery at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in California.
Dr. Zalamea has been in practice since 2009 and has earned numerous honors for the level of care she provides patients. She is a recipient of the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award and has been nominated for the Memphis Business Journal Health Care Heroes Award and the Pfizer/American College of Surgeons Surgical Humanitarian Award.
She is a member of the American College of Surgeons, Association of Academic Surgeons, and Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons.
In her academic role, Dr. Zalamea serves as an assistant professor in the department of general surgery at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine. Her research has appeared in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons, Journal of Clinical Oncology, American Surgeon and other prestigious publications.
She serves as director of the UTHSC Global Surgery Institute, which provides opportunities for global surgical experience in countries including Tanzania, Cameroon, Philippines, Ecuador, Libya, Iran, Iraq, Russia and Honduras. She is also cofounder of the Center for Multicultural and Global Health at UTHSC, which promotes multicultural health delivery, addresses global health challenges, and nurtures the next generation of global health leaders.
Along with her work on an international scale, Dr. Zalamea is active within the local community, serving in leadership and volunteer roles with groups including the Memphis Mission of Mercy, Caritas Village and Light of the World Charities.