Alumni in the News
Gary C. Dennis, MD, FACS (CAS’72) was presented with a CAS alumni award in a small, private reception on October 28, in the office of Dean of Arts & Sciences Virginia Sapiro. Pictured with Dennis are Jan-Louis Burroughs (CAS’14), Nancy Xia (CAS’13), Gugan Kaur (CAS’12), and Drew Corse (CAS’12). Dr. Dennis is immediate past Chief of Neurosurgery of Baton Rouge General Hospital and past Chief of the Division of Neurosurgery and Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery at the Howard University College of Medicine and Howard University Hospital, where he served for 23 years. Dennis is currently the president of the Neurosurgery Associates of Louisiana. Dennis is also a past president of the National Medical Association (NMA), a professional and scientific organization representing the interests of more than 25,000 African American physicians.
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Dennis serves on a variety of professional boards and committees. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a member of the Society of Neurological Surgeons, and a past president of the Medical Society of the District of Columbia. He is a member of the Joint Section of Neurotrauma and Critical Care, the Joint Section of Tumors, and the Joint Section of Pain, and has served as a neurosurgical expert on a variety of topics. He served two terms as a member of the Practicing Physicians Advisory Council of the Health Care Financing Administration, having first been appointed by Secretary of Health and Human Services Louis Sullivan in 1992 and later reappointed by Secretary Donna Shalala in 1996. He was appointed to the Advisory Committee on Regulatory Reform Initiative by Secretary Thompson, 2001–2002. He was elected to the Board of the Medical Education for South African Blacks in 2002–2006. Dennis is a founding board member of the Louisiana Independent Physician Association.
Dennis, CEO of Dennis Health Promotions, has a keen interest in men’s health, nutritional health, and health policy, legislative and regulatory affairs. He has spoken widely on health care disparities, the NCI 9-A-Day Program, access to health care, medical liability reform, managed care and diversity in medical education. He has provided testimony before the Congressional Black Caucus’ Health Braintrust, as well as the Democratic Caucus Special Task Force on Medicare, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means, the Joint Subcommittee on Labeling Information for Nonprescription Drugs, the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education, and the Food and Drug Administration, among others. He also is a past chair of the American Neurological Surgery Political Action Committee.
In addition to attending CAS, Dennis is a graduate of the Howard University College of Medicine, where he received numerous awards including the Merck Manual Award, the James T.W. Granady First Prize for Excellent Scholastic Achievement, the Sandoz Award, and the Clarence S. Green, Sr. Award. Dennis completed his internship at Johns Hopkins University and his residency in neurosurgery at Baylor College of Medicine. He is also a member of Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society.
Dennis has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and conducted a variety of research projects regarding monitoring spinal cord function, subarachnoid hemorrhage, and the management of intractable pain.
A native of the District of Columbia and active in community affairs wherever he has lived, Dennis is a recipient of the D.C. Youth Symphony Orchestra’s Distinguished Service Award, the McDonald’s Black History Leaders of Today and Tomorrow, the highest honor bestowed by Howard University Hospital, the Legacy of Leadership Award, and the National Medical Association Colloquium’s 2011 Louis Stokes Health Advocacy Award. Dennis was featured in the January 2007 Top Doctors issue of Northern Virginia Magazine and the January 2008 MD News—Southeast Louisiana Edition. Dr. Dennis currently serves on the District of Columbia Commission on Judicial Disabilities and Tenure and is Chair of the Ethics Committee of the Baton Rouge General Hospital.