UTC graduate fights COVID-19 from ‘a broader perspective’

Known as “The Socially Conscious Physician,” University of Tennessee at Chattanooga graduate  Dr. Pamela Ross is more than a physician.

She is a healer committed to providing exceptional care to patients and believes in the importance of mental, physical and spiritual well being for optimal health. 

With the education she received at UTC and medical school, Dr. Ross is actively engaged in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic “from a broader perspective.”

“From making sure health care workers have adequate personal protective equipment to pandemic public education and personal telehealth consulting to give patients access to real physicians who care and can help them navigate their journeys to optimal health,” she explained.

The 2020 Distinguished Alumni winner in the annual Legends and Leaders, Dr. Ross earned a degree in chemistry from UTC in 1987 and, after 17 years in academic medicine, she launched her own business focused on two areas: traveling as an independent contractor in emergency medicine and personal, concierge holistic medical consulting.

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga graduate Dr. Pamela Ross
is known as “The Socially Conscious Physician,” who is
committed to providing exceptional care to patients.

She is currently board certified in both emergency medicine and pediatric emergency medicine.

“As we continue to navigate a pandemic that also prevents us from gathering together to celebrate the occasion of this award, most important to me is that we keep safe, stay optimistic and maintain attitudes of gratitude,” she said. “We are all in this together. One day at a time.”

Having grown up in rural Decatur, Tenn., Dr. Ross described herself as “a small-town girl with big dreams.”

Dr. Ross enrolled at UTC as a William E. Brock Scholar, a prestigious award bestowed upon outstanding students who perform at the highest level of academic achievement and exemplify leadership and service.

Much of her determination and resolve was developed during her time at UTC, which she described as “among my best memories. “

Her time at UTC also marked her decision to join Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Through membership in this historical service organization, Dr. Ross was able to use her scholarly endeavors to serve her community.

Dr. Ross’ distinguished career is filled with notable highlights. She’s been honored with numerous awards and recognized countless times for her work, including being selected as a recipient of the African American Alumni Achievement Award in Health from the UTC Alumni Council, and physician participant at the White House Rose Garden when President Barack Obama presented “Doctors for Healthcare Reform” to the nation–an event that galvanized the eventual passage of the Affordable Care Act by the United States Congress. 

Additionally, she is a featured physician in “Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare,” a 2012 Sundance premiere documentary that tackles the pressing issue of America’s healthcare system.

Dr. Pamela Ross is indeed more than a physician. An educator, philosopher, researcher, entrepreneur, leader, community servant and healthcare advocate, her many contributions to the practice of medicine continue to manifest through her efforts and the actions of the many students, colleagues, patients and family members that she touches on a daily basis.

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