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

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Dr. David Z. Gay

Dr. 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 firsthand. 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 was then 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.

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Meet Oculofacial Plastic Surgeon Dr. David Gay of Austin Face and Body


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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

  • Mormon Helping Hands: Assisted in clean-up after natural disasters
  • Habitat for Humanity: Built homes and supervised non-skilled volunteers
  • Brenda Strafford Institute: For the last two years, Dr. Gay has gone on surgical mission trips to Les Cayes, helping the wonderful, underserved people of Haiti
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