Dr. George Peraza-Smith is the Department Chair, DNP & APRN Online Programs at South University. He has been a gerontological nurse practitioner for over 19 years and has an active clinical practice with underserved older adults residing in the community and long-term care. Dr. Peraza-Smith has disseminated both clinical and academic gerontological nursing experiences in publications and presentations. Serving on an expert panel on Gerontological Specialist Proficiencies, he was one of seven recognized experts who authored the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association (GAPNA) Consensus Statements on Proficiencies for the APRN Gerontological Specialist. He enjoys his role as an energetic, enthusiastic educator mentoring the next generations of innovative, tech-savvy nurse practitioners.