Gregory L. Peck, DO, MPH, FACS


Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Acute Care Surgery, Department of Surgery,
Rutgers – Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Assistant Professor of Health Systems and Policy, Department of Health Behavior, Policy, and Society
Rutgers – School of Public Health (SPH)
Twitter: @DrGregoryPeck @RUGlobalSurgery



Gregory Peck, DO, MPH, FACS is a first-generation college graduate. He is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at Rutgers-RWJMS, and Assistant Professor of Health Systems and Policy at Rutgers-SPH. Prior to his recent public training he completed a two-year acute care surgery fellowship at Emory University in 2013. Dr. Peck is double boarded by the American Board of Surgery in General Surgery and Surgical Critical Care.

Dr. Peck was awarded the first Fellow Travel Scholarship of the Pan-American Trauma Society whereby he started his academic career in surgical systems science in Cali, Colombia. As an Associate Director of the RWJUH’s Trauma Performance Improvement and Trauma Program earlier in his clinical career, he and his team, through the implementation of clinical practice guidelines, e.g., Trauma Activation of Resources Protocol, decreased overall in-hospital trauma mortality and improved observed-to-expected mortality ratios for Traumatic Brain Injury. As Associate Director of the RWJMS Acute Care Surgery Fellowship, his workforce development initiatives with his colleagues in Latin America established competency-based goals and objectives of a transnational emergency surgery training paradigm, which was the first of its kind to be approved by the Acute Care Surgery Committee of the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma. This was foundational to his creating schools of nursing, health science, medical, and public health partnerships, as well as surgical residency and fellowship programs in surgical system science education and observational research collaboratives (e.g., The Latin American Indicator Research Collaboratory and Rutgers SPH MPH of Global Health and Epidemiology).

Dr. Peck’s early career funding from the USAID – Research Innovations Fellowship Program grant led to development and implementation of RWJMS medical student participatory-action research programs designed to collect surgical system indicators of timely, quality, and affordable surgical health services that will inform Colombian MOH 2022 National Public Health Decennial Plan. This nearly 10-year work culminated in a 2020 Lancet Global Health publication of a national ecological analysis assessing the access of Colombia’s population to emergency surgical care; this fulfilling a first of its kind call to action established by the WHA Resolutions 68.15 and 70.22. Pertinent findings included an association between lower SES by geographic region and access.

Dr. Peck received his Master of Public Health in Health Systems and Policy at the Rutgers School of Public Health in 2020. In 2021, Dr. Peck was accepted to the Master of Clinical Translational Science Program in conjunction with his 2-year New Jersey Alliance for Clinical and Translational Science (ACTS) Institutional Career Development Award. He will be the NJ ACTS KL2 (TR003018) Translational Scientist Junior Faculty Scholar starting July 2021.