West Virginia University President Gordon Gee announced today (Jan. 13) that Arthur J. Ross III, M.D., M.B.A., has informed him of his decision to resign as dean of the School of Medicine at the end of June.  

“I want to thank Dean Ross for his nearly five years of service to our University, especially the School’s work to earn prestigious national awards to expand clinical and translational research,” Gee said. “I wish him all the best.”

Gee said Ross will continue to lead an important accreditation process at the School, hosting an accreditation renewal visit from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education in February. WVU received a full eight-year accreditation from the national group when last reviewed.

“Dr. Ross has mobilized faculty, staff and students across all three campuses of the School of Medicine to assure that the curriculum, facilities and practices of the School meet and exceed national standards,” Gee said.

"Dr. Ross has set a high standard of excellence for our students, faculty and staff in his time as dean,” said Chancellor of Health Sciences and CEO of West Virginia United Health System Christopher C. Colenda, M.D., M.P.H. ”And, under his leadership, they have all stepped up: our students repeatedly set amazing records in their pass rates on national examinations; we recruited and retained top faculty teachers and researchers, and our healthcare enterprise served more patients than ever before."

A pediatric surgeon and researcher, Ross was dean of the Chicago Medical School and vice president for medical affairs at Rosalind Franklin University prior to coming to WVU. He also practiced and served as a faculty physician at Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia – University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and at Gundersen Lutheran Health System, a clinical campus of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. 

The School of Medicine is one of 15 schools and colleges at WVU. The School offers academic specialties in medicine, physical and occupational therapy, laboratory science, exercise physiology, research and graduate education and more.

Three campuses – in Morgantown, Charleston and Martinsburg – allow students a chance to learn from professionals in medical offices, clinics and hospitals.

Many health sciences/medical school students also undergo part of their training at rural, off-campus sites, bringing health advances to these communities.

WVU’s School of Medicine is consistently ranked as a top program nationwide for rural medicine by U.S. News and World Report’s annual edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools.”

Direction on the future leadership of the School will be determined by the new vice president for health sciences.