Dr. Douglas Ross is chair of the Department of Surgery and clinical vice president of the surgical service line at St. Vincent’s Medical Center. A graduate of Columbia, he completed his internship, residency and fellowship at UCLA Medical Center. Formerly a professor of surgery at Yale, he says he finds otolaryngology fascinating because of the “intricate anatomy in the head and neck. It’s challenging.” His main area of expertise is head and neck cancer surgery—he is fellow-trained in head and neck reconstruction—and he often works with plastic and oral surgeons. “Understanding what options there are for reconstruction helps improve overall outcomes for a patient suffering from head and neck cancer,” he says. “We’re not here to treat just the disease. We treat patients.” Additionally, he has had training in endoscopic sinus surgery and in new techniques for removing base-of-skull or intracranial tumors. Advanced endoscopic procedures, he says, make it easier to access pituitary and skull-based tumors.
Organizations: American College of Surgeons (Fellow), American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, America Head and Neck Society, American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, American Rhinologic Society
Practice: St. Vincent’s Medical Center
Medical School: Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
Hospital Affiliations: St. Vincent’s Medical Center