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Gilbert Ross, MD, (right) a professor emeritus of surgery at the MU School of Medicine, recruited his longstanding colleague Stephen Weinstein, MD, to the medical school more than 30 years ago. Weinstein is being recognized as the first Gilbert Ross Jr., MD, Distinguished Faculty Scholar in Urology.

Physician Named to Position That Recognizes Pioneering Surgeon

Stephen Weinstein appointed Gilbert Ross Jr., MD, Distinguished Faculty Scholar in Urology

Gilbert Ross' career is marked by firsts. In 1960, he was the first physician to complete surgical specialty training in urology at the University of Missouri. In 1972, he performed the first kidney transplant in mid-Missouri. And now another first marks Ross' career of more than 50 years. His longstanding colleague Stephen Weinstein, MD, is being recognized as the first Gilbert Ross Jr., MD, Distinguished Faculty Scholar in Urology.

Ross, a professor emeritus of surgery at the MU School of Medicine, recruited Weinstein to the school in 1979, and the two physicians have shared a close working relationship for more than 30 years.

"I'm very honored to receive this endowed position in Dr. Ross' name. It's also a great honor to him that many people have donated to this endowment to commemorate the many ways he has helped them," Weinstein said. "Dr. Ross and I have the same vision for the Division of Urology, and that is to not only provide excellent patient care but also to teach future generations of physicians and advance research."

Ross received his medical degree from the University of Michigan in 1954. Following residency training in surgery at the University of Michigan, Ross came to MU for specialty training in urology under the late Ian Thompson, MD. Ross remained at MU and became an associate professor before leaving to complete additional fellowship training in transplant medicine at the University of California in Los Angeles. He brought this expertise back to MU, establishing the kidney transplant program at University Hospital in 1972. In September 2010, a team at University Hospital that included Weinstein performed the hospital's 1,000th kidney transplant.

"Transplant medicine was just getting off the ground 40 years ago, and there was a distinct need for transplant specialists in mid-Missouri," Ross said. "I'm pleased that I have been able to use the education I received back then to help patients, train physicians and support outstanding surgeons like Dr. Weinstein."

Ross served as professor and chief of MU's Division of Urology from 1977 to 1998. Over the course of his career at MU, Ross has trained more than 70 resident physicians. He continues to oversee their training at Truman Veterans Hospital.

"Dr. Ross remains a very strong part of our division and has given selflessly of his time, money, expertise and knowledge to the university," said Durwood Neal Jr., MD, chief of MU's Division of Urology. "His level of dedication is epitomized by Dr. Weinstein, who shares a similar pattern of practice as a physician-educator."

The Gilbert Ross Jr., MD, Distinguished Faculty Scholar in Urology was established in 2010 with gifts that exceeded $250,000. As an endowed faculty position, it will provide perpetual support for advancing education, research and patient care at the MU School of Medicine.

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