Dr. Joshua Ross named Chief Medical Officer of American Family Children’s Hospital

Dr. Joshua Ross has been named as Chief Medical Officer of American Family Children’s Hospital (AFCH) and will begin his role in mid-July. In partnership with the AFCH Chief Operating Officer and Chief Nursing Officer, Dr. Ross will be responsible for integrating clinical services and medical practice across the UW Health pediatric system of care, acting as a unifying agent to link all aspects of pediatric patient care.

In addition, working with key stakeholders, Dr. Ross will be instrumental in developing and implementing vision and direction in pediatric care delivery to achieve the tenets of the quadruple aim and the UW Health mission.

Dr. Ross was recruited to UW Health in 2009 to develop Pediatric Emergency Medicine and medical simulation education programs for both the Department of Emergency Medicine and the Department of Pediatrics. Shortly after, he was asked to expand his administrative responsibilities to include serving as the Medical Director of the Pediatric Emergency Department. In 2016, Dr. Ross was appointed Clinical Vice Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine, overseeing the opening of the BerbeeWalsh expansion, which allowed for several innovative clinical workflows and an 11-bed pediatric emergency department. Currently, as Executive Vice Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine, Dr. Ross oversees faculty, residents, and APP’s who provide care and medical direction across UW Health’s emergency departments and critical care transport services.

Dr. Ross has a proven track record of advancing patient care by leading responsive, effective teams and embraces an inclusive, collaborative communication style. He recognizes that providing remarkable care requires a dedicated and capable interprofessional team and a leader who can strike the balance of being relatable while also moving programs, projects and goals forward based on a “True North,” system-level perspective. Dr. Ross is passionate about the work ahead in focusing our priorities, advancing smart growth, innovating staffing to improve inpatient and outpatient access, cultivating philanthropy, and optimizing the quality of care and the patient and family experience for pediatric patient care.