- AHP Certification:
- National Commission on Cert of Physician Assistant (Physician's Assistant)
H. Clay Surber, PA, is a primary care provider with experience taking care of patients of all ages. He cares for people who have common chronic conditions, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and obesity. Providing the full spectrum of primary care, he also treats short-lasting (acute) conditions, and mental health disorders.
Before joining UVA in 2021, Clay was a physician assistant for several years in a small rural clinic in western North Carolina. “I have managed patients with several, at times 10+ chronic conditions,” he says. “I try to talk to patients on their level and present information in a way that helps them to take charge of their own health. I like to teach patients and provide sources of reliable information to increase their understanding of their conditions and hopefully inform their decision making.”
Clay was born and raised in east Tennessee, spending his formative years in a small rural town. He shares: “I often spent time with my grandparents working in their garden, fishing, or watching the Braves. I grew up in a household that valued hard work and family. I attended college and physician assistant school at the local university and did not leave home until my second clinical rotation in 2013.”
He adds, “I knew I wanted to help people from an early age. Following a high school anatomy class and a visit to the Body Worlds exhibit in Charlotte, NC, I discovered an interest in the human body and medicine. I was able to shadow one of our local doctors, who had been in practice over 50 years, which introduced me to family medicine/primary care. From that point forward, I knew what I wanted to do. Giving back to the community has always been important to me, and I find that being a healthcare provider is one of the most rewarding ways to do so.”
An avid baseball fan and history buff, Clay is always looking to learn something new and looks forward to discovering more about Virginia.
- Lincoln Memorial University - DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine, 2014