article by Lori Lakin Hutcherson (@lakinhutcherson)
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center resident neurosurgeon Lindsey Ross, MD, a member of Cedars’ Neurological Surgery Residency Program, has won a coveted position as a 2016-2017 White House Fellow.
Ross will spend the next year in Washington DC working in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and participating in roundtable discussions with top government leaders, including President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.
“I feel so grateful for this opportunity. I know I will learn a great deal about healthcare, leadership and policymaking next year, which I hope to bring back to Cedars-Sinai and the greater Los Angeles community that we serve,” Ross said.
The White House Fellows Program was founded in 1964 by President Lyndon B. Johnson to offer extraordinary leaders firsthand experience working at the highest levels of the federal government. Graduates include former Secretary of State Colin Powell, historian Doris Kearns Goodwin and CNN medical correspondent and neurosurgeon Sanjay Gupta.
As a first-year medical school student at UCLA, Ross was a Denzel and Pauletta Washington Family Gifted Scholar at Cedars-Sinai in 2008. She worked in the Maxine Dunitz Neurosurgical Institute laboratories of Ljubimova. In this role, she assisted with research on developing an innovative delivery system that uses a combination of tiny drugs that pass through the blood-brain barrier to target hard-to-reach cancers.
Ross started her neurosurgical residency at Cedars-Sinai in 2012. Her education in neurosurgery has included rotations in trauma surgery, neurocritical care and subspecialty areas of neurology. In addition to her residency, Ross also serves on both the Cedars-Sinai medical education and house staff committees, where she has worked on quality improvement projects related to patient care.