Patrick Ross, MD, named System Chair of Surgery


Submitted by Jack Lynch, President and CEO, Main Line Health, and Andrew Norton, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Main Line Health

Dear Colleagues:

We are very pleased to announce the appointment of Patrick Ross, MD, PhD, as the System Chair, Department of Surgery at Main Line Health, effective April 2015. After an extensive national search, a multi-campus committee, chaired by Stephen Mechanick, MD, enthusiastically recommended Dr. Ross to the MLH Board of Governors, based on his clinical expertise and extensive experience in medical staff leadership. Dr. Ross succeeds Scott Goldman, MD, after his distinguished 18-year tenure. Although Dr. Goldman is stepping down from his Chairman duties, we remain fortunate that he will continue his work in cardiac surgery with an emphasis on structural heart disease through the Lankenau Heart Institute.

In his new role at MLH, Dr. Ross will focus on developing, aligning and deploying the extensive talent and competencies of the Department of Surgery across all MLH campuses in support of the clinical, academic and research missions of the System. He will also work to ensure that the MLH values, mission and strategic goals are communicated, understood and demonstrated by all members of the Department of Surgery.

Dr. Ross comes to Main Line Health from The Ohio State University Medical Center in Columbus where he is Professor of Clinical Surgery and Chief of the Division of Thoracic Surgery. He also served as Chief of Staff of the James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute. With more than 25 years of health care experience, Dr. Ross maintains a large clinical practice in thoracic surgery with a focus on surgical oncology. He has extensive robotic surgery expertise and teaches nationally on the use of robotic techniques in thoracic surgery.

In his leadership positions at Ohio State, Dr. Ross spearheaded many Quality and Safety initiatives for the Department of Surgery and championed campaigns to improve hand hygiene, central line and catheter related infection rates and a fall prevention initiative. He also played an instrumental role in the strategic planning efforts of the Department to ensure financial success, and played a critical role in transforming care delivery models to achieve better patient outcomes and higher staff engagement. Dr. Ross is also heavily involved in medical research. He is internationally recognized for his work in photodynamic therapy and leads a multi-center outcomes registry. He has ongoing investigations on the oncologic and health economics impact of robotic surgery.

Dr. Ross received his Medical degree and PhD from St. Louis University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. He completed his General Surgery residency at Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut, and his Cardiothoracic Surgery residency at University of Pennsylvania.

In recently speaking with Dr. Ross, he stated, “It is a privilege to join the MLH team. I am excited about developing our collaborations, building our programs, and creating our future.”

We’re extremely pleased that Dr. Ross has accepted our invitation to join MLH, and we are confident that his capabilities and expertise will further advance our commitment to excellence. Dr. Ross will begin preparing for his full-time work in April by making two-day planning visits in February and March. Please join the MLH Senior Leadership team in offering a warm welcome to Dr. Ross.

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