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Robert K. Ross

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Robert K. Ross

President and Chief Executive Officer
The California Endowment
public health administration
health care access and financing in California
grant-making to programs working to increase health care access
multicultural approaches to improving health care access


Dr. Robert K. Ross is president and CEO of The California Endowment, a $3.7 billion, private grant-making foundation established in 1996 to address the health needs of Californians. Prior to his appointment in September 2000, Ross served as director of San Diego County's Health and Human Services Agency. Ross has an extensive background as a clinician and public health administrator. He formerly served as commissioner of the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, medical director for the LINK School-Based Clinic Program in Camden, N.J.; instructor of clinical medicine at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and faculty member at San Diego State University's School of Public Health. Ross is actively involved in community and professional activities at both the local and national level. He has served as a member of the National Vaccine Advisory Committee and on the boards of the National Marrow Donor Program, San Diego United Way and Jackie Robinson YMCA. He is a diplomat of the American Academy of Pediatrics and has served on the President's Summit for America's Future and as chairman of the national Boost for Kids Initiative. Ross received his undergraduate, master's in public administration and medical degrees from the University of Pennsylvania.

1000 North Alameda Street
Los Angeles  California  90012
United States
Office Phone: 
(800) 449-4149
Office Fax: 
(213) 928-8801


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