CDR Cesar Perez is the Director of the Division of Establishment Support, Office of Regulatory Programs (ORP), Office of Product Evaluation and Quality (OPEQ), Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The Division is responsible for the development and implementation of policies and processes related to imports, registration and listing, exports, regulatory inspections/audits and compliance programs for medical devices. As the Director, he is responsible in providing strategic leadership for the Division and serves as the technical authority and principal advisor to the Office Director on medical devices programs. From 2015-2018, he was the Branch Chief within the Division of Premarket Labeling and Compliance, FDA, responsible for enforcing premarket, labeling and promotion/advertising requirements for medical devices. Prior to that, for 7 years, he was a Consumer Safety Officer within the Office of Compliance, CDRH, FDA.
CDR Perez attended the State University of New York at New Paltz in 1998 and obtained his bachelor’s degree in Biology. In 2008, he received his Ph.D. in Microbiology from New York University Sackler Institute. His research thesis focused on elucidating the mechanisms responsible for manipulating cellular protein synthesis in cells infected with the Human Cytomegalovirus (HCMV).
CDR Perez served in the United States Army Reserve from 1998-2006 as a Non-Commissioned Officer. In 2003, he was activated and served one year on active duty at Fort Hood, Texas in support of the GlobalWar on Terrorism (GWOT) operation.