Physician and business leader Gregg N. Dyste, M.D., will begin work with at-risk students in an innovative mentoring initiative, Imagine the Possibilities. Dr. Dyste is a highly regarded Twin Cities neurosurgeon who focuses his practice on brain tumors, and conditions and trauma of the brain and spine.
In an ambitious effort to prepare vulnerable children for rewarding careers in the future, Risen Christ Catholic School (RCCS), a 350-student, K-8 grade school located in the Powderhorn Park area of Minneapolis, created Imagine the Possibilities. The one-of-a-kind program pairs senior leaders from about two dozen companies with up to six students in grades 7-8. The business mentors expressly design a project related to their field to be presented over the course of the school year to their group of six students.
Dr. Dyste’s teaching schedule at RCCS will include classroom instruction and field trips. “I am very excited to design my program around teaching these young people the limitless possibilities that are available in the field of medicine,” he said. Dr. Dyste’s field trips will include visits to Abbott Northwestern Hospital, and to the U of M’s Medical School.
Born and raised in Minnesota, Dr. Dyste is a 1983 graduate of the University of Minnesota Medical School and completed his general surgery internship and his neurosurgical residency training at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa. He is currently enrolled in a Physician Leadership program at the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul.
Dr. Dyste serves as president of Metropolitan Neurosurgery, PA, which is affiliated with Abbot Northwestern, Mercy, Unity, University of Minnesota Fairview and North Memorial hospitals. He has been recognized for 16 years as one of Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine’s “Top Doctors in Neurological Surgery” and has been included in the Guide to America’s Top Surgeons. He is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), Organization for Computational Neurosciences (CNS) and Minnesota Medical Association (MMA).
Ninety-six percent of RCCS’s students come from families who are living either at or below the poverty line. Many of these students will become first-generation grade school and high school graduates. Because these students have limited contact with the world of business, the school believes they would benefit from personal interactions with business leaders. Imagine the Possibilities allows experienced executives to contribute their knowledge and leadership to positively influence kids who might otherwise never reach their potential. In the initiative’s first year, Imagine the Possibilities received an award for Best Program of the Year from the Minnesota Independent School Forum (MISF) for its academic achievement.