Leigh Ann Ross Named Associate Dean And Chair of Pharmacy Practice

Leigh Ann Ross

Leigh Ann Ross

OXFORD, Miss. – Leigh Ann Ross has been named chair of pharmacy
practice and associate dean for clinical affairs at the University of
Mississippi School of Pharmacy. She replaces H. Joseph Byrd, who
retired July 1.

The UM pharmacy alumna has spent the previous two years as a
legislative assistant with U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran. Before joining
Cochran’s staff, Ross was a UM assistant professor of pharmacy practice
and director of pharmaceutical care services.

“I have every confidence that Dr. Ross will lead the Department of
Pharmacy Practice and the school’s clinical programs to new heights,”
pharmacy Dean Barbara G. Wells said. “I know her experience in business
administration, advocacy, policy development and leadership will serve
her department and the school well in the years ahead. She is committed
to excellence in our educational programs, faculty development, growth
of our research programs and advancement of patient care, including
establishment of new roles and compensation mechanisms for pharmacists
in Mississippi and across the country.”

Ross plans to promote more interaction between the Oxford and Jackson campuses, construct a permanent instructional and research facility on the Medical Center campus, and foster improved relationships with community partners. Her immediate attention will be directed toward improving the students’ transition to the Medical Center campus and increasing collaborations between the pharmacy practice department and other departments in the school.

“The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy is not only my alma mater but that of my father and my brother before me,” Ross said. “The quality education my family received has served us well and allowed us to each have rewarding careers in pharmacy. I am deeply honored to be a part of such a talented and dedicated faculty and eagerly look forward to this expanded role in the leadership activities of the school and university.”

Her responsibilities include overseeing the teaching, research, professional service and patient care activities of the department, and advocating for interprofessional connectivity and collaboration in teaching, research, service and patient care opportunities. She also serves as an advocate for the department and school with many outside agencies and works with the school’s Division for Pharmacy Professional Development to provide professional development opportunities for alumni and other pharmacy practitioners in Mississippi.

Ross earned her bachelor’s in business administration in 1993 and doctor of pharmacy from UM in 1998. Upon graduation from pharmacy school, she completed a residency in primary care at the UM Medical Center. She is a board-certified pharmacotherapy specialist and a certified diabetes educator. She is also a certified disease manager in the areas of anticoagulation, asthma, diabetes and dyslipidemia.

Her research interests are primary care, particularly medication therapy management in diabetes and dyslipidemia. In 2006, Ross completed the Academic Leadership Fellows Program within the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.

Ross was named the Mississippi Pharmacists Association’s Young Pharmacist of the Year in 2008 and served as the association’s president during 2003-04. In 2004, she received the Faculty Service Award from the pharmacy school and was selected Mississippi Society of Health-System Pharmacists Outstanding Young Pharmacist in 2001.

For more information on the School of Pharmacy, go to http://www.pharmacy.olemiss.edu .