William E. Gadea, PA-C (85) left his home in Managua, Nicaragua to study at ENC where he received the BA degree in Chemistry in 1985. Presently he resides in Modesto, CA where he is Senior Physician Assistant Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery at Travis Air Force Base, David Grant Medical Center in Fairfield, CA. William’s preparation as a Physician Assistant-Cardiovascular (PA-C) included his degree from Long Island Physician Assistant School in 1991 and his training for the subsequent five years in General Surgery and Vascular Surgery followed by another three years of training in Cardiothoracic Surgery at Boston University Medical Center. For the past several years he has also served as Lead Physician Assistant in Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery at Regions Hospital/Health Care Partners.
The American Academy of Physician Assistants awarded William the Humanitarian of the Year Award based on his service internationally which has included Vladivostok, Russia and Managua, Nicaragua (acquiring medical equipment and supplies, setting up a new cardiac surgery unit, training native medical personnel), Guam (providing heart surgery and care to low economic patients) and bringing critically ill patients to the U.S. for free medical care and critical surgery. He is an Executive Board member for the Medical Relief Foundation, which is working to support the building of a new hospital facility in Tanzania, Africa, and a team member of Mano A Mano International Partners which is involved in educating and providing basic medical and dental care for the natives of Cochobamba, Bolivia. William and his wife, Judy, have 3 children--Noah, Luke and Leah.