Dr. Barbara Ross-Lee
Barbara Ross-Lee

NYIT appointed Barbara Ross-Lee, D.O., FACOFP, as vice president for health sciences and medical affairs in 2001. She has also served as dean of NYIT's College of Osteopathic Medicine and dean of the School of Allied Health and Life Sciences (now NYIT's School of Health Professions).

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:

  • American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Health Policy Fellowship Program, which prepares mid-career osteopathic physicians for leadership roles in health policy;
  • Training in Policy Studies (TIPS) for postgraduate (resident physicians) osteopathic trainees; and
  • Institute for National Health Policy and Research.

She is also a member of the executive committee of the National Osteopathic Medical Association, a medical association of minority osteopathic physicians.

Ross-Lee is the first African-American woman to serve as dean of a U.S. medical school—Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine from 1993 to 2001—and is the first osteopathic physician to participate in the Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellowship. 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, 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.