Hayda Perdue, MD
Medical Director for Hospice Savannah
Hayda Perdue, MD, took an unorthodox, yet remarkable, path to becoming a doctor. Born in the Peruvian Amazon, she spent the first six years of her life living in the jungle with her parents and six siblings. Her family faced threats from terrorist groups which led to their eventual separation. “I never thought I would speak English or become a doctor. We were just surviving,” Perdue said of her childhood. “But every obstacle was an opportunity to overcome it and try to improve our lives.”
When Dr. Perdue moved to the city of Iquitos (Amazonian capital) and started attending school, she began dreaming of becoming a doctor to help others. She studied long hours after high school in order to gain acceptance at a national university to study medicine, and then took English classes every night after school for two years. “I would get home at 10:00 pm and start studying for my medical school classes,” she said. “While in medical school, I came to the U.S. to visit my brother and began dreaming about what it would be like to become a doctor in this amazing country.
She later did a residency in Internal Medicine at the Universidad Central del Caribe School of Medicine in Puerto Rico, and completed two rotations at the National Institutes of Health in Washington, DC. Dr. Perdue completed a fellowship at Mercer University in Macon and has worked for the last several years in palliative and hospice care in Atlanta and Maryland. Dr. Perdue is board certified in Internal and Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She is a member of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.