School of Medicine Dean's Corner

Dean Ross

Arthur J. Ross, III, MD, MBA
West Virginia University School of Medicine

Arthur J. Ross, III, MD, MBA, has led the WVU School of Medicine since 2010. During his tenure at WVU, the School has expanded its faculty substantially; won a major, multi-year NIH award to develop clinical and translational research; and fully restructured its faculty practice and teaching hospital management.

The school operates on three campuses in separate areas of the state, and students and faculty members regularly teach, practice, and learn in rural clinics and other off-campus settings. US News ranked WVU third among all medical schools for rural health in its 2013 "America's Best Graduate Schools" publication.

A pediatric surgeon and researcher, Dr. Ross has served three medical schools as a campus executive or dean.

He is a graduate of Trinity College and the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, with postgraduate medical and research training at Duke University Medical Center; University of North Carolina School of Medicine, and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. He earned a master's in business administration from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

He served as a faculty physician at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia/University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine; as the chief academic officer for the Western Clinical Campus of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine; and as dean of Chicago Medical School and vice president for medical affairs of Rosalind Franklin University.

Dr. Ross is certified by the American Board of Surgery in general and pediatric surgery and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Academy of Pediatrics. He is the author or co-author of almost 100 original articles and book chapters.

As a result of his extensive experience in medical school administration, Dr. Ross has been selected as a leader of several national professional and accrediting organizations. He is a member and past chair of the Governing Council for the American Medical Association Section on Medical Schools, is chair-elect of the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, and is a member of the Administrative Board of the Council of Deans, Association of American Medical Colleges.

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