Dr.Perez grew up in the Rio Grande Valley and graduated from Port Isabel High School. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas at Austin and a Medical Doctorate from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA). After medical school he served in the US Navy as a Medical Corps Officer and received the Navy Commendation and Navy Achievement Medals. He completed residency training in Internal Medicine at the Regional Academic Health Center (RAHC) in Harlingen, Texas, and fellowship training in Gastroenterology at Wayne State University/Detroit Medical Center. He is board certified in Gastroenterology and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and Fellow of the American College of Gastroenterology. He is an expert panelist for the Texas Medical
Dr.Perez has a passion for mentoring, education and community service. He created RGV Mentors to inspire high school students and help them transition into post-secondary education, and he has mentored many students himself, including college and medical students, and physicians in training.
Dr.Perez has been serving as a Trustee for the Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District since 2010; he is Vice-President of the board and Chair of the Transforming Teaching and Learning Committee. Serving at the state level, he was appointed to the Texas Woman’s University Board of Regents by Governor Greg Abbott in 2015 and served until April 2019. In March 2019, Governor Abbott appointed Dr.Perez to the UT System Board of Regents.
Dr.Perez serves on other boards including the Philosophical Society of Texas, Holdsworth Center Governing Board, Lone Star National Bank Board, UT Chancellor’s Council Executive Committee, UT Austin Development Board, UTRGV Development Board, Senator John Cornyn’s Service Academy Nominations Board, Sapphire Condominium Board and Platinum Surgery Center Board.
Dr.Perez founded Gastroenterology Consultants of South Texas in 2007 in Harlingen, Texas and opened a second location in Brownsville, Texas in 2017. He is available for consultations at both locations.