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Gary C. Dennis, MD, FAANS
Gary C. Dennis was born on December 27, 1950, in Washington, D.C.
He graduated from Boston University in 1972, Howard University College of Medicine in 1976 where he received The Merck Manual Award, James T.W. Granady Award 1st Prize, Excellent Scholastic Achievement, Sandoz Award and The Clarence S. Green, Sr. Award, and was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.
He interned at Johns Hopkins Hospital from 1976 to 1977 and was a neurosurgical resident at Baylor College of Medicine Affiliate Hospitals in Houston, Texas, 1977-1981. In 1981 he was appointed Chief of Neurosurgery at Kern Medical Center in Bakersfield, California, and Clinical Assistant Professor, Division of Neurosurgery, University of California at San Diego. In 1984 he was appointed Chief Division of Neurosurgery and Assistant Professor, Howard University College of Medicine, and became Associate Professor in 1990. He has been an attending physician for the District of Columbia General Hospital since 1989.
He has been a member of the Society of Neurological Surgeons since 1996. He is a Fellow with the American College of Surgeons, an alternate delegate to the American Medical Association, a member of the AMA Commission on Unity, Past President of Medical Society of the District of Columbia, a Past President of the National Medical Association, the Chair-elect of the American Neurological Surgery Political Action Committee, a Past Chairman of the Membership Committee of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, a past member of the Practicing Physicians Advisory Council of the Health Care Financing Administration, 1992-1999, member of the Board of Delmarva Foundation for Medical Care, a member of the Board of the American Liver Foundation, a member of the District of Columbia Judicial Disabilities Commission, a Past
President of the Howard University Hospital Medical Staff and current President of the Howard University Hospital Medical Association.
He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. He has conducted research in "Somatosensory Evoked Potentials in Cervical Cord Compression," "Vascular Response of the Cerebral Basilar Artery to Norephineprine, Acetylcholine and Vasoactive Intestinal Peptide," "Subarachnoid Hemorrhage in African Americans" and "Cerebrospinal Fluid Characteristics of Patients with Intractable Pain Being Managed with Continuous Intrathecal Morphine Infusion." He is currently conducting research on the effects of cocaine on the ventral lateral medulla and the biological precursors of violence.
He is active in numerous professional and community organizations and has provided testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Labor, Healthy and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies, the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, the Democratic Caucus Special Task Force on Medicare, Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust, U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures Health Security Act, Joint Subcommittee on Labeling Information for Non-prescriptive Drugs, and the District of Columbia City Council. Dr. Dennis has also spoken and written numerous articles on racial and ethnic disparities in health care.
He is married to the former Sharman Naomi Word, and they have three children.
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