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Robert S. Ross

Robert S. Ross


  • M.D.

Current Position(s): 

  • Staff Physician and Director, Echocardiography, VASDHS

  • Professor of Medicine, UCSD

  • Assistant Vice-Chancellor for Health Sciences Academic Affairs, UCSD

Personal Statement: 

Communication between cells, and also between cells and their surrounding support structures, both play crucial roles as organs develop and grow. Dr. Ross's laboratory is interested in studying how the cardiac myocyte interacts with each other, with other cell types within the myocardium, and with the extracellular matrix as the heart develops in the embryo, and as the post-natal heart is stimulated to undergo pathologic growth. His group utilizes a combination of molecular biological techniques and physiological analyses, along with cell culture, transgenic and knockout mouse models, to study this process. The current principal focus of the lab involves the study of integrins and integrin associated proteins, as signaling and cell-adhesive molecules, during cardiac hypertrophy and heart development.


  • Columbia College, New York, NY, A.B., Liberal Arts / Psychology, 1975-1979

  • USC School of Medicine, Los Angeles, M.D., 1979-1983

  • Internal Medicine Internship LAC / USC Medical Center, Los Angeles, 1983-1984

  • Internal Medicine Residency Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, 1984-1986

  • Medical Staff Fellowship - Lipid and Lipoproteins NIH / NHLBI, Molecular Disease Branch, Bethesda, 1986-1989

  • Cardiology Clinical and Research Fellowship UCSD School of Medicine,1989-1992

Professional History:​

  • Assistant Professor of Medicine, Cardiology UCSD, 1992-1996

  • Attending Physician UCSD and VASDHS, 1992-1996

  • Attending Physician, UCLA Medical Center, Cardiology, 1996-2003

  • Assistant Professor of Physiology and Medicine, UCLA, 1996-1999

  • Consultant in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, UCLA Adult Congenital Heart Disease Center, 1998-2003 

  • Attending Physician, UCLA Adult Congenital Heart Disease Center, 1998-2003

  • Co-Director, UCLA Dept. of Physiology, Murine Physiology Core, 1998-2003

  • Associate Professor of Physiology and Medicine, UCLA, 1999-2003

  • Staff Physician, UCSD Medical Center, 2003-2010

  • Associate Professor of Medicine, UCSD, 2003-2006

  • Staff Physician and Director, Echocardiography Laboratory, VASDHS, 2003-Present

  • Professor of Medicine, UCSD, 2006-Present

  • Assistant Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences Academic Affairs, 2014-Present

  • Co-Director, Cardiac Biomedical Science and Engineering Center, UCSD Institute of Engineering and Medicine, 2016-Present

  • Co-Director, UCSD Molecular Cardiology Program, 2016-Present

Awards and Honors: 

  • American Heart Association Bugher Foundation Fellowship in Molecular Cardiology, 1990-1992

  • UCSD Department of Medicine MERF Award, 1994

  • Councilor, Western Society of Clinical Investigation, 2003-2007

  • Nominee, UCSD Kaiser Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2008, 2009

  • Organizing Committee, 13th La Jolla-International Cardiovascular Research Symposium, Emerging Molecular and Cellular Insights into Heart Failure and Arrhythmias, 2010-2011

  • Scientific Program Committee, American Heart Association Annual Scientific Session, 2010

  • Councilor, Western Association of Physicians, 2012-Present

  • UCSD Vice-Chancellor Award for Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action and Diversity, 2012


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