Barbara Ross-Lee, DO

Title: Academic Administrator
Company: New York Institute of Technology
Location: Northville, Michigan, United States

Barbara Ross-Lee, DO, Academic Administrator at the New York Institute of Technology, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in osteopathic medicine.

Dr. Ross-Lee became involved in her profession because she grew up at a time and place where access to health care was very limited and her family suffered because of it. As a young girl, she wanted to try and become a provider for families and people who did not have access to care. In this endeavor, she has been able to help patients and their families throughout the years. She considers the highlight of this work to be a health policy fellowship program to train emerging physician leaders in the osteopathic profession about health policy and the challenges of access cost and quality. Since its inception more than 25 years ago, the program has trained more than 200 physicians. Dr. Ross-Lee has been in her current position as Vice President of Health Sciences and Medical Affairs at the New York Institute of Technology since 2001. She has also served as the dean for NYIT’s College of Osteopathic Medicine and School of Allied Health and Life Sciences.

Earlier in her career, Dr. Ross-Lee served as the dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine at the Ohio University and as the chairman of the Department of Family Medicine at Michigan State University, as well as the associate dean of Health Policy at the institution. She also worked as a legislative assistant to Senator Bill Bradley which gave her insight into how to have a voice in changing the health care delivery system and workforce. Dr. Ross-Lee prepared for a career in this tract by first earning a Bachelor of Science from Wayne State University. She continued at the institution to receive a master’s in teaching special populations. She holds an honorary DSC from the College of Osteopathic Medicine at NYIT and is a diplomate of Michigan State University and honorary diplomate of Wilmington University.

In recognition of her work, Dr. Ross-Lee has received a number of accolades, including the Walter F. Patenge Medal for Public Service from Michigan State University. She was named to the Ohio Women’s Hall of Fame in 1998 and was one of the Magnificent Seven Award recipients from the Business and Professional Women/USA. Furthermore, she was recognized with a Distinguished Public Service Award from Oklahoma State University, a Women’s Health Award and was an honoree of the Blackboard African-American National Bestsellers. She is also noted for being the first osteopathic physician to participate in the prestigious Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellowship.

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