(Bryn Mawr, PA) – Main Line Health (MLH) has named Patrick Ross, MD, PhD, Chairman of the Department of Surgery. Dr. Ross succeeds Scott Goldman MD, who is stepping down to focus on his surgical practice through the Lankenau Heart Institute, after a distinguished 18-year tenure. In his new position, Dr. Ross will join MLH clinical leadership to further enhance the System’s integrated surgical teams and to standardize surgical programs across the System’s four acute care hospitals, working directly with surgical program leaders to evaluate and optimize procedures and technology. Earlier this month, Dr. Ross officially assumed his Chairman duties.
In welcoming Dr. Ross, Andrew Norton, MD, Chief Medical Officer, stated: “After an extensive national search, a multi-campus committee enthusiastically recommended Dr. Ross based on his clinical expertise and extensive experience in medical staff leadership. 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 joins MLH after 24 years at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus, OH, where he was Chief of Thoracic Surgery and Professor of Clinical Surgery. In addition, Dr. Ross was Director of the Thoracic Surgery Service at the medical center’s Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute, where he served as Chief of Staff from 2009 to 2011. The James Hospital is a National Cancer Institute–designated cancer center and the third largest cancer hospital in the nation.
Dr. Ross earned his medical degree and a doctorate in physiology from Saint Louis University in St. Louis, MO. He completed a general surgery residency at Yale University School of Medicine and cardiothoracic surgery training at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
In addition to his surgical leadership and training roles, Dr. Ross will have an active clinical practice with Main Line HealthCare Thoracic Surgery, devoting a significant portion of his time to direct patient care, particularly the evaluation and management of patients with thoracic tumors. Dr. Ross has performed more than 500 robotic thoracic procedures in less than 4 years and is one of the most experienced robotic thoracic surgeons in North America. His team at Ohio State performed 94 percent of lobectomies robotically—more than four times the national average for minimally invasive thoracic surgery. Additionally, Dr. Ross also brings expertise in the treatment of esophageal and mediastinal malignancies, treatment and palliative interventions for patients with tumors metastatic to the chest, and lung volume reduction surgery. Dr. Ross has contributed to more than 100 articles in peer-reviewed medical journals, including American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, Annals of Thoracic Surgery, Chest, and Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation.