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Meet Dr. David Z. Gay

Dr. David GayDr. David Gay decided to become a surgeon at the age of eight. During his high school years he began doing rotations in hospitals and scrubbing in to observe surgeries first hand. As soon as he was eighteen he trained as an EMT (Emergency Medical Technician). He did his undergraduate training at the University of Utah successfully completing a double major in Exercise Physiology and German Literature. Dr. Gay spent a couple years during and after college doing research in pancreatic cancer. During medical school at the Medical College of Virginia Dr. Gay was exposed to a short rotation with an oculoplastic surgeon and he immediately knew that he had found his calling. He did his ophthalmology training at the Medical College of Georgia, and then was selected for a prestigious American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS) fellowship at the Sinai Hospital of Baltimore. He was trained by Drs. Hirschbein and Karesh.

Dr. Gay is a board certified surgeon by the American Board of Ophthalmology (ABO) and a candidate member of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS).


  • Sinai Hospital of Baltimore: Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship
  • Medical College of Georgia (Augusta University): Ophthalmology Residency
  • University of Utah: Intern Department of Medicine
  • Medical College of Virginia (Virginia Commonwealth University): Medical School
  • University of Utah: Bachelor of Science- Exercise Physiology & Bachelor of Arts- German with a Minor in Chemistry
  • Utah Valley State College: Associate of Science- High Honors
  • Ophthalmology: Board Certified in November 2017 (active)
  • Texas Medical Board license #: R8191 (active)
  • DEA license: TX (active)

Professional Societies

  • American Board of Ophthalmology (ABO) – Diplomat
  • American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS) – Candidate Member
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) – Fellow member

Professional Meeting Presentations

  • 2018 Krieger Eye Symposium: Joys and Pitfalls of Medical Mission Trips
  • 2017 Krieger Eye Symposium: Atypical Anterior Orbital Masses
  • September 2014: Invited by the Augusta University Dermatology Department to teach their residents about eye conditions with dermatologic findings
  • April 2014: Invited by the Augusta University Emergency Department to teach their residents how to properly perform emergent ophthalmic procedures using fresh frozen cadaver


Woller SC, Stevens SM, Adams DM, Gay DZ, et al. Assessment of the safety and efficiency of using an age-adjusted d-dimer threshold to exclude suspected pulmonary embolism. Chest. 2014;

Poruk KE, Gay DZ, Brown K, et al. The clinical utility of CA 19-9 in pancreatic adenocarcinoma: diagnostic and prognostic updates. Curr Mol Med. 2013;13(3):340-51

Firpo MA, Gay DZ, Granger SR, et al. Improved diagnosis of pancreatic adenocarcinoma using haptoglobin and serum amyloid A in a panel screen. World J Surg. 2009;33(4):716-22

Poster Presentation ePE: Novel Uses of variables for diagnosis of Pulmonary Embolism; presented at CHEST national meeting in 2013 in Philadelphia.

Humanitarian Work

Brenda Strafford Institute: The last 2 years Doctor Gay has done surgical mission trips to Les Cayes, Haiti helping the wonderful, underserved people of Haiti
Mormon Helping Hands: assisting in clean up after natural disasters
Habitat for Humanity: Skilled worker building homes and supervised non-skilled volunteers