William F. Owen, MD
Dean and Chancellor, Ross University School of Medicine

Ross University Dean Joseph A. Flaherty

William F. Owen, Jr., MD, FACP, was appointed Dean and Chancellor of Ross University School of Medicine (Ross) in March, 2017. He is an accomplished medical academician, experienced clinician, highly respected scientific researcher, and a leader in global health-sciences education. Immediately prior to joining Ross, Dr. Owen was the Dean of Medical Sciences at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC), a sister medical school in DeVry Education Group.

A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Dr. Owen is a graduate of Phillips Academy and Brown University. He earned his MD with high honors from Tufts University School of Medicine in 1980, and trained in internal medicine and nephrology at Harvard Medical School’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where he was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Fellow in the Minority Medical Faculty Development Program. At Harvard he was a full-time faculty member, and later went on to serve as a tenured professor at three institutions -- Duke University, the University of Tennessee, and AUC. He was a Visiting Professor at Imperial College London in its Institute of Global Health Innovation, and at the National University of Singapore.

Career Highlights

  • First African-American Chancellor and Senior Vice President of Health Affairs at the University of Tennessee    
  • President of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey    
  • Full time faculty member at Harvard and tenured professor at three institutions, including Duke University

Education

  • Undergraduate: Brown University
  • Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine
  • Residency:  Harvard Medical School’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Internal Medicine and Nephrology
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Fellow in the Minority Medical Faculty Development Program    

Honors and Distinctions

  • Has published more than 180 peer-reviewed articles, chapters, and books to his credit
  • Has been honored in the Congressional Record
  • Inaugural health policy advisor to the President of the International Association of University Presidents    
  • Inaugural Chief Executive Officer of Sidra Medical and Research Center in Qatar    

In a stellar career that has included many firsts, Dr. Owen served as the first African-American Chancellor and Senior Vice President of Health Affairs at the University of Tennessee, where he led the College of Medicine and five other health professions colleges. He then served for five years as President of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, the statewide health education and medical services component of Rutgers University, the largest publicly-funded academic health system in the US. In this role Dr. Owen was responsible for two allopathic medical schools and an osteopathic medical school, as well as colleges of nursing, public health, allied health, dentistry, graduate medical sciences, and several large magnet teaching hospitals and research institutes.

 

In 2012 he was appointed the inaugural Chief Executive Officer of Sidra Medical and Research Center in Qatar, the major international training site for Weill Cornell Medical College. He was also the inaugural health policy advisor to the President of the International Association of University Presidents, an NGO that advises the United Nations on matters of higher education.
 

The recipient of numerous accolades and awards, Dr. Owen has been honored in the Congressional Record, featured in Ebony Magazine, and listed in several Who’s Who publications, among others. He has received approximately $10 million in biomedical research grants and has more than 180 peer-reviewed articles, chapters, and books to his credit. In 2006 Dr. Owen was an inventor on a federal patent issued for Methods and compositions for detection of microbial contaminants in peritoneal dialysis solutions.

With his unique breadth of strategic and operational experiences in post-graduate education in the health sciences, together with his dedication to social justice and community engagement, Dr. Owen is in complete alignment with the mission of Ross to provide educational opportunity to deserving, qualified future physicians.