Kenneth Alonso, M.D., Ph.D.
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Kenneth Alonso, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor of Pathology and Clinical Medicine



Kenneth Alonso is a physician who has made significant contributions to the understanding and treatment of cancer and of AIDS. He has served as the Director of the Community Clinical Oncology Program at the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta where he was a Clinical Professor and was an Associate Director and Director of the Clinical Trials Program of the Drew-Meharry-Morehouse Cancer Consortium funded by the National Cancer Institute.

Dr. Alonso is a graduate of Princeton University where Dr. Donald Hornig served as his senior thesis advisor. While at Princeton he was awarded a Carnegie grant to work and study abroad. He was selected to work with the Nobel Prize winner in chemistry, RGW Norrish, at Cavendish Laboratories (Cambridge) following graduation from Princeton. Dr. Alonso graduated from the University of Florida College of Medicine where he was also a graduate student in biochemistry working with Dr. Melvin Fried.


Dr. Alonso began a surgical residency at Riverside Hospital in Newport News and continued his surgical residency at the University of Florida (training interrupted by wartime service).
Dr. Alonso served as a surgeon during the Vietnam War and was instrumental in creating the first drug rehabilitation center in the Theater of Operations. He is a graduate of the Command and General Staff School.

Dr. Alonso completed training in pathology and in nuclear medicine at the Fitzsimons Army Medical Center in Denver. He is board certified in anatomic and clinical pathology, forensic pathology, nuclear medicine, and medical oncology.

Dr. Alonso has broad experience in both clinical and laboratory medicine. As Chief Operating Officer of a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Upjohn Company he personally led the effort to adapt and validate the estrogen receptor assay which enabled the test to become widely used to predict breast cancer response and to guide breast cancer therapy. Dr. Alonso was elected a Fellow of the prestigious American College of Physicians during this period.

Dr. Alonso holds world-wide patents on the creation of human-human hybridomas and their use to generate monoclonal antibodies directed against tumor surface antigens for the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. The process entails creation of a fourth, new human cell, from three different human donors and maintaining the life of that fourth cell indefinitely as it is manipulated to produce protein products for human use. Dr. Alonso has published extensively on the use of cellular products and of heat to alter human immunologic responses. Long term favorable cellular changes in patients with cancer and with AIDS have been shown with these approaches. This work was performed independently by Dr. Alonso at his biotechnology firm.

Dr. Alonso has also served as Chief Medical Examiner for the State of Georgia at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and is the author of a textbook on forensic pathology.
In addition to his long tenure with the Morehouse School of Medicine (1976-2017), Dr. Alonso has served as a Professor of Pathology and Medicine at LECOM Bradenton (2008-2011) and as a Visiting Professor at both European and Latin American medical schools. He continues as a Mentor for young oncologists (American Society of Clinical Oncology) and remains as National Faculty for the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners. Many of his lectures are at Access Medicine (McGraw-Hill).

Dr. Alonso has been engaged in an apostolate involving patients with cancer and AIDS. He was awarded a PhD in theology from the Ignatius of Antioch School of Theology. His dissertation on the ethics of genetic engineering was completed under the direction of Fr. Thomas Flynn, Professor of Philosophy at Emory University and was published in book form. In 2017 he joined a daughter monastery of Philotheou (Mt. Athos) and with their blessing lives outside the community and has returned to active teaching as a Professor of Pathology and Internal Medicine at UMHS





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