Perez, Gary C
Title: Clinical Director for the PA Program; and Instructor
Department(s): Physician Assistant
Where are you from?
I was born in Anchorage, Alaska. My father was a career military member so I have lived in Iran, Hawaii and multiple locations in the continental US. My father retired in Northern Virginia. I joined the military upon graduating from high school and spent 12 years at Ft. Bragg, NC as paratrooper, combat medic and Physician Assistant. I retired from the military out of Hurlburt Field, Florida after serving 5 years with Air Force Special Operations.
How long have you been with the PA program at FIU?
I began working in the PA program in August 2014.
Role in the PA program:
I am the Clinical Director responsible for the Panhandle, North and Central Florida.
Fayetteville State University-Undergraduate Studies
University of Oklahoma-BS Physician Associate Studies with honors
University of Nebraska-Master of Physician Assistant Studies with Concentration in Orthopedics
Something unique about you:
I was an active paratrooper while serving as Director of Medical Operations for the US Air Force 720th Special Tactics Group.
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts.” - Winston Churchill
Memberships and Service:
American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA)
Florida Academy of Physician Assistants (FAPA)
Physician Assistants in Orthopedic Surgery (PAOS)
Florida Medical Association (FMA)