Hackensack University Medical Center Congratulates Dr. Gary Munk on Receiving the Hackensack Regional Chamber of Commerce’s 2015 Distinguished Citizens Award

October 20, 2015 12:19 PM
Dr. Gary Munk (Director of Clinical Virology, HackensackUMC) with Lauren Zisa Samulka (Executive Director, Hackensack Regional Chamber of Commerce)

Hackensack University Medical Center (HackensackUMC) congratulates Dr. Gary Munk, director of Clinical Virology, on receiving the Hackensack Regional Chamber of Commerce’s 2015 Distinguished Citizen Award.  Dr. Munk was recently honored at the Hackensack Regional Chamber of Commerce’s annual gala at the Stony Hill Inn in Hackensack.

“Dr. Munk has been an integral member of the HackensackUMC family for the last 25 years,” said Robert C. Garrett, chief executive officer and president of Hackensack University Health Network.  “His passion for serving and sharing his knowledge with others is what has made him so successful in his field.  We are incredibly grateful to have Dr. Munk serving the community and providing the best experience possible for our patients through his work at the virology lab.”

As the director of Clinical Virology, Dr. Munk specializes in viral management.  His work focuses on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of viruses as well as on clinical trials and education.

“Gary has been at HackensackUMC for the last 25 years as director of the Virology Lab,” said Jason Kreitner, vice president of operations at HackensackUMC, who had the honor of introducing Dr. Munk at the gala.  “He is a trusted and well respected authority in his field.  He is involved in countless programs and committees where he brings out the best in his colleagues.  He lectures, mentors students, and is part of our Speakers’ Bureau.  Dr. Peter Gross recruited Dr. Munk to grow the lab to what it is today.  Dr. Gross recalls that recruitment as a ‘no brainer.’  He immediately put the lab on the map and doubled the diagnostic testing services of the lab within one year.”

Dr. Munk participates in local mentorship programs and is an adjunct assistant professor at the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School.  He raises money and awareness for international relief efforts through marathon races.  He also supports organizations that are dedicated to improving the quality of life for underserved communities.  He is especially involved with the HIV/AIDS community through his work with organizations like Buddies of New Jersey, Inc. and Outreach Angels.  He was the chair of Outreach Angels for 20 years and remains an active participant in the World AIDS Day programs. 

“I am honored to receive the Hackensack Regional Chamber of Commerce’s 2015 Distinguished Citizen Award,” said Dr. Munk.  “It is my privilege to serve this community through my work at HackensackUMC for the last 25 years, and I look forward to continuing the promotion of health and wellness through education and outreach.”

Prior to working at HackensackUMC, Dr. Munk served as the assistant director of Clinical Virology at Montefiore Medical Center.  He received his Bachelor of Science from Cornell University in New York.  He has a Master of Science in Clinical Microbiology from Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons and his Ph.D. in Pathobiology from the Columbia University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in New York.  He was also an instructor at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. 

Dr. Munk was one of the first trained clinical virologists at Columbia University and at Montefiore Medical Center.  His collaborative efforts helped contribute to the discovery of HIV in the early 1980s. 

Dr. Munk dedicated his award in memory of his late parents, who he says taught him the value of hard work and community service.

About Hackensack University Medical Center

HackensackUMC, a 775- bed nonprofit teaching and research hospital located in Bergen County, NJ, is the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient services in the state. Founded in 1888 as the county’s first hospital, it is the flagship hospital of Hackensack University Health Network, one of the largest health networks in the state comprised of 1,717 beds, more than 10,000 team members and 3,300 credentialed physicians. HackensackUMC was listed as the number one hospital in New Jersey in U.S. News & World Report’s 2015-16 Best Hospital rankings - maintaining its place atop the NJ rankings since the rating system was introduced. It was also named one of the top four New York Metro Area hospitals. HackensackUMC is the only hospital in New Jersey, New York and New England to be named one of Healthgrades America's 50 Best Hospitals™ nine consecutive years, and receive the Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ 13 years in a row. The medical center is one of the top 25 green hospitals in the country according to Practice Greenhealth, and received 23 Gold Seals of Approval™ by the Joint Commission – more than any other hospital in the country. It was the first hospital in New Jersey and second in the nation to become a Magnet® recognized hospital for nursing excellence; receiving its fifth consecutive designation in 2014. HackensackUMC has created an entire campus of award-winning care, including: the John Theurer Cancer Center; the Heart & Vascular Hospital; and the Sarkis and Siran Gabrellian Women’s and Children’s Pavilion, which houses the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital and Donna A. Sanzari Women’s Hospital, which was designed with The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center and listed on the Green Guide’s list of Top 10 Green Hospitals in the U.S. HackensackUMC is the Hometown Hospital of the New York Giants and the New York Red Bulls and is Official Medical Services Provider to The Barclays PGA Golf Tournament. It remains committed to its community through fundraising and community events. To learn more, visit: www.HackensackUMC.org.     




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