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Will Ross, MD, MPH is Associate Dean of Diversity at Washington University School of Medicine and Professor of Medicine in the Nephrology Division.

For more than 20 years, Ross has worked to build a diverse workforce of medical students, residents and faculty at the Washington University School of Medicine. In addition, he promotes health equity here and around the world by working with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and public health officials in Ethiopia, Haiti and South Africa.

Ross is a founding member of Magnet School, Colligiate School of Medicine and Bioscience. He is a Better Together St. Louis Board Member, Chairman of the St. Louis City Board of Health and a member of the CDC Health Disparities committee.


Ross has numerous scientific publications and book chapters. He has been honored with the 2005 State of Missouri MLK Distinguished Service in Medicine Award, the 2009 Washington University Medical Center Alumni Faculty Achievement 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, an Internal Medicine residency at Vanderbilt University, and a Renal Fellowship at Washington University. He completed a Master’s of Science in Epidemiology at the Saint Louis University School of Public Health.