“Dr. Perez is a miracle worker.”
“I don’t have a death sentence. Dr. Perez is keeping me alive.”
“Dr. Perez stuck with me through it all.”
“He kept his promise. He saved my life.”
“In the first 20 minutes with Dr. Perez, I knew he cared about me.”
“He wants to find a way to heal his patients. He’s not just going to do what he did yesterday.
If there’s something out there that’s going to heal me, he’ll find it.”
The above are words of praise from just a handful of northern Nevadans for their oncologist, Dr. Jorge Perez. To say he is a hero to these people would be accurate, and now he is being recognized by Nevada Business Magazine as one of our region’s outstanding healthcare heroes.
Perez was named a Nevada Business Magazine Healthcare Hero in the Physician category. The 12th annual awards honor outstanding healthcare professionals in 10 categories. Winners are selected by a panel of blue-ribbon judges in the healthcare field and will be featured in the September 2017 edition of Nevada Business Magazine and recognized at an award ceremony in Reno, August 31th.
The complete list of northern Nevada winners includes:
Administrator — Helen Lidholm, Saint Mary's Health Network
Care Provider— Jessica Thompson, RN, Renown Health
Educator — Dr. Ken Hunter, ScD, University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine
Community Partner — Dr. Patsy Ruchala, DNSc, RN, University of Nevada, Reno Orvis School of Nursing
Humanitarian — Dr. James Sullivan, DO, Northern Nevada Medical Center & Sierra Nevada Nephrology Consultants
Volunteer — Esperanza Dufur, Renown Health
Innovator — Dr. Subhash Verma, PhD, University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine
Non-Profit — Wendy Simons, Nevada Department of Veterans Services
Physician — Dr. Jorge Perez, MD, PhD, Sierra Nevada Cancer Center
Lifetime Achievement — Ed Epperson, Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center
In 2002, Dr. Jorge Perez opened Sierra Nevada Cancer Center in Carson City to provide area cancer patients with advanced cancer care close to home. With his extensive credentialing, international training and exceptional skill, Dr. Perez could have set up shop anywhere. Recognizing that traveling to a big city to access cancer experts and facilities is stressful, expensive and exhausting, Dr. Perez built his clinics in underserved communities, including full-service cancer treatment clinics in Carson City, Fallon, Gardnerville, and Stateline.
In addition to convenient, accessible locations, Dr. Perez makes himself available to his patients 24/7 for late-night concerns, unexpected treatment reactions and general reassurance about their cancer plans. The many patients and their caregivers who sing his praises are testament to his skill and compassion as an oncologist. We’re proud that the Nevada Business Journal also recognized his heroics!