Member – Academic Affairs Committee
Prior to entering medicine, Dr. Barbara Ross-Lee earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology/Chemistry and her Master of Arts in Teaching Special Populations at Wayne State University. She joined the National Teacher Corps while earning her master's and taught in the Detroit public school system.
Ross-Lee earned the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Michigan State University. She ran her own family practice in Detroit, and then began teaching at the college level and in medical schools. Combining her two passions, Ross-Lee served as a professor of family medicine at Michigan State University and was named Associate Dean for Health Policy in 1991. In 1993, Dr. Ross-Lee became the first African American woman to be appointed dean of a U.S. medical school at Ohio University.
Currently, Dr. Ross-Lee oversees New York College of Osteopathic Medicine at New York Institute of Technology.
Ross-Lee is a member of the International Association of Medical Science Educators and Executive Director of the National Osteopathic Medical Association. She has received numerous awards, including the Distinguished Service Award from the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, the First 40 Great Pioneers of Osteopathic Medicine Award from the American Osteopathic Association, and the Phillips Medal of Public Service from Ohio University. Ross-Lee has lectured extensively and has published more than thirty scholarly articles addressing a variety of medical and healthcare issues.
Dr. Ross-Lee and her husband, Edmond Beverly, have raised five children—two daughters and three sons—all of whom have pursued professional careers.