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Dr. Ross, who was professor of Medicine, Emeritus, and associate vice chancellor for Health Affairs, Emeritus, played a key role in many Medical Center initiatives during his years of service, including the establishment of the Department of Emergency Medicine and LifeFlight.

He was also the driving force behind banning smoking at VUMC, which became effective in 1989, and often served as a media spokesman for the Medical Center.

“Dr. Ross was an outstanding leader. He was a kind man who, perhaps because of his unflappable demeanor, was able to accomplish so much for Vanderbilt that continues to benefit our institution and the citizens of Middle Tennessee.

The number of lives saved through the creation of integral programs he helped establish, such as LifeFlight, is literally incalculable, ” said Jeff Balser, M.D., Ph.D., vice chancellor for Health Affairs and dean of the School of Medicine. “As we mourn his passing, our thoughts are with his family during this difficult period.”

“Joe Ross was a giant of a man. He was respected, liked and admired by all of us who worked with him at VUMC, ” said C. Wright Pinson, MBA, M.D., deputy vice chancellor for Health Affairs and CEO of the Vanderbilt Health System. “He wisely, graciously and gently managed major advances and significant daily issues alike during his era on the Medical Center’s management team. To a significant degree, it is on his shoulders that we stand today. We honor him personally as well as his great contributions, and bid him a sad but fond farewell.”

“Dr. Ross was indeed a founding father for both the Emergency Department and Lifeflight, ” recalled John Morris, M.D., professor of Surgery and chief of staff of the Vanderbilt Health System. “Dr. Ross’ vision for Vanderbilt as a 24/7 acute care hospital defines what we are today, and is very different from where we were in 1984. Joe Ross had vision paired with compassion, a rare combination.”

Joseph Comer Ross was born in Tompkinsville, Ky., the son of a grocer.

“I started working in the store when I was pretty young. I guess I was 9 or 10 years old, ” he once said. “When I was 15 years old, I could almost manage the store.”

But it was an earlier experience in his life, a bout with polio when he was 4, which may have made the biggest impact on his life. He recalled being diagnosed by an uncle who was a physician, and that early encounter with the world of medicine left a powerful impression on the small-town Kentucky boy.

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How much is the tuition for Ross Medical Education Center?

The tuition, fees and expenses for the Medical Assistant, Medical Insurance Billing and Office Administration, and Dental Assisting programs at Ross Medical are $15,740.00.

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