Jonas III Nurse Leader Scholar Alumni

Grigoriy Fooks, DNP, RN

Hunter College of the City University of New York

Mr. Grigoriy Fooks, PhD, RN, was born in the former Soviet Republic of Moldova.  He and his family left that country in 1993 to avoid the political violence there as the country sought to free itself from Russia.  With limited English language skills, he became a citizen of the U.S. and was accepted to CUNY’s LaGuardia Community College, where he graduated with his associate’s degree in nursing.  After passing the national RN licensure exam, he began working nights at New York’s Beth Israel Medical Center (BIMC), where he still works today.

While working nights Beth Israel Hospital, Dr. Fooks attended Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing’s RN-Pathway program and graduated in 2010.  He graduated from this RN completion program with his BS in Nursing degree and a 3.8 GPA.  In that program, he made the Dean’s list twice. In addition, he has served as co-chair of the Shared Governance Committee, in the Department of Orthopedics of Beth Israel Medical Center.

Dr. Fooks has also been a research assistant on a study on the effectiveness of Reiki therapy at BIMC a study of pain management in post orthopedic surgery patients.  He has presented findings from that study at the National Orthopedic Nurses Conference in 2012. His DNP capstone project focused on how to improve the quality of patient outcomes by using integrative medicine with patients with chronic pain. 

In addition to teaching nursing and advance nursing practice, Dr. Fooks hopes to one day to run a clinic or be a hospital administrator.  He is interested in being a volunteer clinician with an international health organization, such with Doctors without Borders or Partners in Health.