Will Ross, MD, MPH
Joint Boards of Health and Hospitals Chairman
Will Ross, MD, MPH is associate dean for diversity at Washington University School of Medicine and professor of medicine in the Renal Division. As a public health and health care policy expert he has worked nationally and globally on systems integration and construction of conceptual frameworks to reduce health care disparities. He is a charter and founding member of the St. Louis Regional Health Commission, which has been instrumental in leveraging millions of dollars annually to St. Louis to maintain an integrated network of safety net primary care clinics and public health services. He served as Chairman of the board of directors of the Missouri Foundation for Health, where he directed the Foundations's creation of the nonprofit center, Health Literacy Missouri. He is Chairman of the Directors of the Mid America Transplant Services Foundation and Chairman of the St. Louis Board of Health. He served as a member of the Institute of Medicine health Literacy Roundtable and is a member of Centers for Disease Control health Disparities Subcommittee where he promotes efforts to further diversity in the public health workforce. Dr. Ross is the associate editor of the public health journal, Frontiers in Public Health Education and Promotion. He has received numerous honors and awards, including the 2009 Washington University Medical Center Alumni Faculty Achievement Award, the 2011 Health Literacy Missouri Trailblazer Award, and the 2013 Samuel Goldstein Leadership in Medical Education Award. A Yale University graduate, he completed medical school at Washington University School of Medicine, Internal Medicine residency at Vanderbilt University, and a Rental Fellowship at Washington University, He completed a Master's of Science in Epidemiology at the Saint Louis University School of Public Health.