American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC) is pleased to congratulate alumnus Dennis Grech, MD (Class of 2001) on receiving the 2015 Faculty of the Year Award at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School (RNJMS). Dr. Grech is currently assistant professor of Anesthesiology and Section Chief and Director of Ambulatory Anesthesia.
Dr. Grech was honored at RNJMS’s graduation convocation in recognition of his “extraordinary service” to the medical school and University Hospital (UH).
“Teaching and mentoring students has been my passion for many years. My experience at AUC taught me the ability to be driven and relentless in the pursuit of my goals,” said Dr. Grech. “I encourage all current physicians-in-training, and those just beginning residency to remember that the only limits that exist are the ones you impose on yourself.”
Since 2008, Dr. Grech has participated as a founding member of RNJMS’s International Surgical Health Initiative (ISHI). He has coordinated multiple missions to Haiti, Ghana, Sierra Leone and the Philippines. ISHI recently performed their 1,000th operation. Also, Dr. Grech is currently working to increase RNJMS’s global healthcare involvement.
Dr. Grech has also played a key role in important initiatives at RNJMS including leading his department’s efforts to develop an Ebola plan of action. He introduced the Emory Medical Center Ebola Protocol to the UH Task force and helped establish the hospital’s New Jersey state designated extended care suite.
“Over the past year, Dr. Grech has spearheaded a number of initiatives to optimize perioperative services at UH with special attention to the DOC Center for Ambulatory Surgery. He has incorporated the Perioperative Surgical Home concept— an innovative patient-centered model of care— here at RNJMS and UH,” said Alex Bekker, MD, PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Anesthesiology, Rutgers NJMS. “He is also an inspiration to all attending throughout RNJMS. Dr. Grech epitomizes the outstanding academic physician researcher and deserves this honor for his outstanding work as a clinician, scientist, and humanitarian.”
Dr. Crech, of Huntington, New Jersey, completed his residency at University of Illinois Chicago Illinois Masonic Medical Center. He is a board certified in Anesthesiology.