Dr. Barbara Ross-Lee: First African American Woman To Be Appointed Dean Of A United States Medical School

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Upon entering Detroit’s Wayne State University in 1960, Barbara Ross majored in biology and chemistry in preparation for medical school, until her academic counselor dissuaded her from a career as a physician in favor of teaching.

After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in 1965, Ross-Lee joined the National Teacher’s Corps, a government program that allowed her to teach in the Detroit public school system while earning her master’s degree.

In 1990, Barbara Ross-Lee became the first Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) to receive a health policy fellowship from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Three years later, she set another precedent as the first African-American woman to be appointed dean of an American medical school, at the College of Osteopathic Medicine of Ohio University. (newswise.com)

Interesting tidbit: Dr. Ross-Lee is the eldest sister of legendary singer Diana Ross.

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