The Soft-Spoken Cancer Warrior
Dr. Jorge Perez rubs his eyes, reaches for his glasses and picks up his phone. It's 4 a.m., and one of his patients needs him. So, as he has done for the past 16 years he has been in practice, Dr. Perez takes the call, offers advice to his patient dealing with nausea and makes a note for his staff to check back in 24 hours. Then he goes back to sleep for a few more winks.
GOING ABOVE AND BEYOND
It's just another day in the life of this soft-spoken, deeply committed physician who runs Sierra Nevada Cancer Center (SNCC). Based in Carson City, SNCC also operates satellite offices in South Lake Tahoe, Gardnerville and Fallon. Why set up cancer centers in smaller rural communities? Because Dr. Perez believes in bringing quality cancer care to his patients where they live.
"Fighting cancer is hard work for patients," explains Dr. Perez. "Having to travel hours to a larger city to get the treatment you need is not the best option for many people. We try to make it easier on them."
This Board Certified Oncologist and Hematologist is distinguished in his practice both due to his training and skill, and to his sincere commitment to his patients. In addition to setting up rural clinics to make care more accessible, Dr. Perez makes himself more accessible – 24/7 accessible, in fact.
Patient Robert Chambers puts it this way, "With most doctors, you call and get an answering service. Dr. Perez takes the calls himself 24/7. It's so unheard of."
EXEMPLARY TRAINING COMPLEMENTS DEEP COMPASSION
The medical training Dr. Perez received covers four continents, three specialties and several decades. He attended medical school in Colombia; completed internships and residencies in general surgery, internal medicine and pathology in England and at the University of Pennsylvania; and received fellowship training in oncology/hematology at the prestigious MD Anderson Cancer Center in Texas.
But to his patients, it's not the degrees, the training or the board certification that matters. It's his "specialness."
One grateful patient, Dorothy Miller, wrote this: "I believe there is a Saint walking among us. One who by his miraculous thoughts and deeds, saves and enriches the lives he touches. This Saint is 'you' Dr. Perez."
- Oncology Fellowship, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
- Hematology Fellowship, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
- Chemical Pathology Residency, Cellular Biochemistry PhD, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, UK
- Internal Medicine Resident, St. James' University Hospital, Leeds, UK and Presbyterian Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA