About Jose Mercado
José C. Mercado is a Physician Assistant (PA) with Ocala ENT Specialists, joining the group in 2017. Prior to this he was with South Florida ENT Associates in Miami, Florida starting in 2001. After serving in the U.S. Army as a medical specialist and flight medic for almost eight years, he went on to complete the Physician Assistant Program at Miami-Dade College’s Medical Center (MDC) and earned a Master of Medical Science degree from Nova Southeastern University (NSU). In addition to his training in family medicine, he completed an internship in Adult ENT/Head & Neck Surgery at the Veterans Affair’s Medical Center in Miami, as well as a Preceptorship in Pediatric ENT at Miami Children’s Hospital. He is passionate about medical education and currently holds academic appointments from Miami-Dade College, Florida International University and Barry University School of Graduate Medical Sciences, Physician Assistant Program and is an Instructor of Medical Education in the University of Central Florida (UCF), College of Medicine. He is a Fellow and Past President of the Society of Physician Assistants in Otorhinolaryngology / Head & Neck Surgery (SPAO-HNS). He has served as their Webmaster and on their Scholarship Committee. His special interests include sleep medicine, physician assistant education, and cryosurgery. In 2018, he became the first PA in the country to certified to perform the ClariFix cryosurgery, which is an in-office procedure for chronic rhinitis. He has been recognized by the American Academy of Physician Assistants as a Distinguished Fellow and Clinical Preceptor. He was also selected as a “Top Provider” for Otolaryngology Physician Assistant in Ocala for 2018.