On October 17, 2012, the Institute for the Advancement of Multicultural & Minority Medicine (IAMMM) announced the appointment of Barbara Ross-Lee, DO, FACOFP, to Chair of the Institute’s Board of Directors. Dr. Ross-Lee is Vice President for Health Sciences and Medical Affairs and Acting Dean at the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine of The New York Institute of Technology (NYCOM/NYIT). The IAMMM focuses on eliminating health disparities in multicultural communities through partnerships, alliances and collaborations with like-minded institutions and associations.
Dr. Ross-Lee brings to the position an extensive background as an advisor on health policy, primary care, medical education, minority health, women’s health and rural health care issues. She is past President of the Board of Directors of the Association of Academic Health Centers and past Chair of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Assembly of Presidents. Dr. Ross-Lee is currently serving as Executive Director of the National Osteopathic Center for Health Policy and is a member of the Executive Committee of the National Osteopathic Medical Association. Dr. Ross-Lee also is the only osteopathic physician serving on the Institute of Medicine’s Consensus Committee on the Governance and Financing of Graduate Medical Education.
In addition to her many leadership roles, both past and present, Dr. Ross-Lee is also the first African American woman to serve as Dean of a United States medical school and the first osteopathic physician to participate in the Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellowship.