|Dr. Perez with the employees at the Medical Center of Annandale.|
There are more than 100 comments and messages of condolence posted on Nextdoor. Patients praised his kindness, wit, listening skills, and ability to put patients at ease. As one former patient put it, Dr. Perez was “a caring and empathetic doctor that always made you feel special.”
In addition to serving the Annandale community as a doctor of internal medicine, Perez served as a military physician to presidents Ronald Reagan and H.W. Bush from 1986 to 1990.
The following is from an obituary by his daughter-in-law, Christine Perez of Annandale:
Steve Perez was born in London, England, on March 12, 1952, to parents Ernie and Stella Perez. An Air Force brat, he moved from place to place until he graduated from Sacramento State University in 1974 and the University of Southern California School of Medicine in 1978. He completed his residency in Phoenix in 1981.
From there, he served as a flight surgeon and medical director in the Air Force Medical Service Corps in Japan and Spain.
After a stint as an Air Force physician to two presidents, he realized he couldn’t do better than that, so he went into private practice in San Antonio, Texas (which he always called God’s country).
Perez moved back to Virginia and opened the Medical Center of Annandale, which he ran from 1995 until his untimely death from COVID-19.
He was also an associate professor of medicine at the University of Virginia and mentored medical students from UVA, Georgetown University, and George Washington University for more than a decade. Never forgetting a promise he made to God, he never refused medical aid to the poor who came to his office, even accepting yams as payment on occasion.
He is survived by his wife, three sons and their wives, a stepson, three siblings, a previous wife, and his father. He has three grandchildren with two more on the way. He was often found reading to, cheering for, or bragging about his grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America or Catholic Mission Trips Inc.
Because the family has been receiving so many stories, they set up an email address to share messages and memories.