Dean Dr. Cory Ross awarded Public Health Fellowship

Dr Cory Ross

The staff and faculty at George Brown College' Centre for Community Services have yet another reason to be proud of their dean, Cory Ross. Ross was recently granted a fellowship from the UK-based Royal Society for Public Health, one of only ten Canadians to be awarded the prestigious designation.

Ross earned the fellowship not only for his longstanding contribution to public health in general, but particularly for his scholarly contributions, which include over 35 publications in peer-reviewed journals. He's published on a number of health topics, including birth defects, vaccinations and alternative health care.

While Ross's new designation permits him to include the letters FRSPH (Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health) after his name, it's already a bit crowded back there - Ross holds an MSc in Anatomy from the University of Manitoba, a doctorate from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, and an MBA in Healthcare Management from Queen Margaret University in Scotland.

Ross, whose previous positions have included Vice-President Academic and Executive Director Institutional Development at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, and the Manager of Organizational Health at Mount Sinai Hospital before that, says that he sought out his current position at George Brown because he wanted to continue researching, writing, and sharing his findings with others in the public health discipline. He's become integral to campus life, as a leader in interprofessional education and an important driver in the development of the Waterfront Campus, which was purpose-built for the college's health sciences programs.

Despite his many accomplishments, Ross says this latest recognition is particularly special because public health is such an important part of society, a realization he had when taking his first course in the subject. On a personal level, it also affirms that his work is making a difference. "The recognition is great, but it also confirms what you've been doing over your career," he says. "This crystalizes for me that what I've written and taught has made a mark in society, and helped to shape the conversation on public health."