University of Minnesota

Richard Starr Ross, MD

Born: 1924

Richard Ross has been a central supporter of CVD epidemiology and preventive cardiology throughout his many career roles in cardiology and medicine, as specialist, dean, and national medical leader. He particularly enhanced the fine working relationship between the Schools of Medicine and Public Health that characterizes Johns Hopkins Academic Medical Center.

Ross was educated at Harvard where he received his MD in 1947, and for years directed cardiovascular diseases at Hopkins, serving as dean from 1975-1990, and in leadership positions in NIH review, the Institute of Medicine, and the American Heart Association, among other societies.

His research included classic studies of the relationship between coronary anatomy and prognosis in coronary artery disease and the evaluation of surgical procedures for the treatment of coronary artery disease.

Among his direct contributions to CVD epidemiology were his encouragement of the career of Lewis Kuller and of the rich collaborations at Hopkins among clinical, bench, and population studies of sudden coronary death. He also was strong and forthright in his support of colleagues who as Heart Association volunteers came under attack and intimidation by legal council to the food and tobacco industry. (HB)


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