Diane Neely


Diane Neely is a native of Knoxville and a graduate of the University of Tennessee. Diane’s career began as a Pharmaceutical Representative for Parke-Davis. Her next transition was with a start-up company, MedInc, which developed the first freestanding comprehensive diagnostic imaging facilities in the South. Locally called the Outpatient Diagnostic Center, Diane spent ten years as their Director of Marketing. She spent the next seventeen years as the Director of Physician Recruiting for the Baptist Health System of East Tennessee working with physicians in the East TN area. Diane has worked with many physicians in various specialties and has a wide range of knowledge in the medical field. After the closure of Baptist Hospitals she returned for the last five years of her professional career to The Outpatient Diagnostic Center.


In November of 2017 Diane was diagnosed with Triple Negative Breast Cancer. To prevent the spread of this aggressive disease, Diane underwent neo adjuvant chemotherapy, a lumpectomy and twenty-one rounds of radiation. In addition, she was admitted into a twelve month clinical trial using Immunotherapy to reduce her chance of recurrence. Diane joined Breast Connect in April of 2018, two weeks after finishing chemo. Her only regret is that she did not find Breast Connect sooner. The support and insight provided has been invaluable and she is excited to join the Breast Connect Board.