Lawrence M. Ross MD, Ph.D.

R. benton adkins jr. distinguished service award - 2015

Lawrence M. Ross, Adjunct Professor in the Department of Neurobiology & Anatomy, received his B.A. degree from the University of St. Thomas in Houston in 1960, his Ph.D. and M.D. degrees from the University of Texas Medical Branch - Galveston in 1966 and 1968 respectively. He was a faculty member in the Department of Anatomy at UTMB from 1968 to 1973.  From 1973 to 2000, he was a member of the faculty in the Department of Anatomy at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan.  He retired from Michigan State as Professor of Anatomy in August, 2000.  During his 27 years at Michigan State University he taught Gross Anatomy, Histology, and Embryology.  He was the course director of Gross Anatomy for 10 years, and course director of Histology for 8 years.  He spent 5 years in curriculum administration. He had administrative oversight of the Willed Body Program at MSU for 21 years, and served on the State of Michigan's State Anatomical Board for 19 years, holding all major offices on the Board.

During his career, Dr. Ross has taught medical students seeking M.D. and D.O. degrees, a wide variety of surgical residents, allied health professionals, undergraduate students, attorneys, and worker's compensation practitioners. He currently is also a Visiting Professor at St. George’s University on Grenada in the West Indies. He has received teaching awards from the medical students at MSU and UT, and is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha.  He served as Councilor, Secretary and in the Presidential stream for the American Association of Clinical Anatomists.

His research activities have been in the fields of teratology, respiratory histophysiology, clinical anatomy, instructional video production, and computer aided instruction. He is a co-author of a textbook entitled “Case Files in Gross Anatomy”, and he is a Consulting Editor for the English Edition of the 3 volumn “Thieme Atlas of Anatomy”. He co-authored the 2nd Edition of “Atlas of Anatomy” for Thieme Publishers with Anne Gilroy and Brian MacPherson.

Dr. Ross and his wife Irene, a former nurse at Methodist Hospital in Houston,  have 5 grown children: Jennifer, Jocelyn, Lawrence Jr.,  Tricia and Trey, and four grandchildren.