(January 28, 2014 – Tamuning) The Guam Regional Medical City has announced the appointment of a local surgeon and former lieutenant governor, Michael W. Cruz, as its Chief Medical Officer.
In preparation for the new hospital’s opening later this year, Dr. Cruz is overseeing the development of GRMC’s medical staff, including organization, recruitment, credentialing and privileging, education, and quality management.
GRMC’s Chief Operating Officer Gloria Long made the following statement: “We are honored to have Dr. Cruz join our team. He is a respected member of Guam’s medical community. He will play an integral role in the direction GRMC takes with respect to its operations. He also will oversee our efforts to engage local physicians which are critical to treating patients as partners.”
Throughout his career, Cruz served in a number of different roles in both a professional and civic capacity. They include having served as a Senator and the Chairman of the Guam Legislature’s Health Committee; Medical Director of the Guam Memorial Hospital (GMH); Member of the Guam Board of Medical Examiners; President of the Healing Arts Commission; President and Co-founder of the Ayuda Foundation; and Member of the Mountain-Pacific Quality Health Foundation Board of Directors. He currently serves as Chairman of the Department of Surgery at GMH and as a board member of the Guam Medical Association.
Cruz is a Colonel in the Guam Army National Guard and a veteran of Operation Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Enduring Freedom. For his service in Iraq and Afghanistan, he received a Bronze Star Medal and a Combat Medical Badge.
Cruz is the recipient of the National Governors Association Award for Medical Volunteerism (2004); the C-Change Award from former President George H.W. Bush for his work against tobacco use (2009); and he was the American College of Surgeons Surgical Volunteerism Awardee for the Year 2010.
Cruz received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Walla Walla College in Washington state and his Doctor of Medicine from Loma Linda University in California. He was certified by the American Board of Surgery in 1992 and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
A resident of Piti, Cruz is married to Jennifer Rosario Cruz and has six children: Shaunn, Mikaele, Christine, Taylor, Christian, and Maria; and one grandchild: Bryn.