ast Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM) dean and former New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYITCOM) Vice President for Health Sciences and Medical Affairs, Barbara Ross-Lee, DO, was recently designated as the new NYITCOM at Arkansas State (A-State) site dean.
Dr. Ross-Lee (at left), distinguished medical expert and public policy leader, has led the development of NYITCOM’s new model of education for Arkansas. She has also collaborated with A-State leadership, the local community, and other health care partners to establish the new program. NYITCOM at A-State is planned to open in August 2016 with an inaugural class of 115 students.
Dr. Ross-Lee is a nationally-recognized expert on health policy issues and serves as an advisor for state and federal governments on primary care, medical education, and health care issues affecting minorities, women, and rural populations. She serves as director of the:
- Health Policy Fellowship (HPF) Program
- Training in Policy Studies (TIPS) Program
- Institute for National Health Policy and Research
Dr. Ross-Lee is the first African-American woman to have served as dean of a U.S. medical school—OU-HCOM from 1993 to 2001—and is the first osteopathic physician to participate in the Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellowship. She is also a member of the executive committee of the National Osteopathic Medical Association, a medical association of minority osteopathic physicians.
NYIT appointed Dr. Ross-Lee as vice president for health sciences and medical affairs in 2001. She previously served as a commissioned officer and achieved the rank of captain in the U.S. Naval Reserves Medical Corps. A sought-after lecturer, Dr. Ross-Lee has published numerous scholarly articles on a variety of medical and health care issues. She is the recipient of six honorary degrees and many national awards.