May 26, 2011, 12:00 PM, Posted by Matthew Press
This post is part of an ongoing series of Voices from the Field by scholars, fellows and alumni of RWJF Human Capital programs. The author, Matthew Press, M.D., M.Sc., is an alumnus of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars program and is host and producer of the Clinical Scholars Health Policy Podcast series. Press is an assistant professor in the Departments of Public Health and Medicine at the Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City.
The career path of Dr. Bob Ross, President and CEO of the California Endowment, had an early trajectory that makes the jaws of aspiring health policy leaders drop with admiration: within just two years of graduating from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Clinical Scholars program, he became Health Commissioner of Philadelphia.
How did he do it? As I learned when I recently interviewed him for the RWJF Clinical Scholars Health Policy Podcast, it took a little bit of luck and one bold, creative solution to a daunting public health crisis. “It’s not something certainly I either envisioned or foresaw or planned,” Dr. Ross said. “It just kind of happened that way.” Take a listen to the interview to hear Dr. Ross’s story and to learn how the California Endowment, the health foundation he currently leads, plans to spend $1 billion over the next ten years to build healthy communities.
Dr. Ross is the seventh guest in this season of the podcast series, joining a variety of other health policy A-listers who sat down with me for conversations about careers, issues, and anecdotes.