Dean and Chief Academic Officer; Provost, Minnesota College of Osteopathic Medicine; Minnesota Medical University
In an outstanding career spanning nearly 50 years as a clinical and academic leader, Dr. Barbara Ross-Lee made her mark breaking barriers for women and minorities in the health professions and advocating for policies to grow the primary care workforce in the nation’s underserved communities.
After receiving her D.O. degree from Michigan State University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1973, she began her own private medical practice, serving medically underserved communities and families in Detroit. She would go on to make history in 1993 when she became the first African American woman to be appointed dean of an American medical school, at Ohio University’s Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine.