Mary Thoesen Coleman, M.D., Ph.D. named Dean of Ross University School of Medicine


Edison, N.J. – Mary Thoesen Coleman, M.D., Ph.D., a seasoned medical educator and administrator with a wealth of clinical experience in family medicine, has been named Dean of Ross University School of Medicine. She will replace Dr. Jorge Rios who served as the interim Dean of the School of Medicine. Dr. Rios will continue in a part-time capacity with Ross as Senior Academic Advisor to the President of Ross University and Professor of Clinical Medicine. As a Professor, Dr. Rios will spend time teaching at Ross University’s campuses in Miami, Florida and Dominica.

“Dr. Coleman’s extensive experience as an instructor and administrator as well as her hands-on skills as a physician make her the perfect fit for Ross University,” said Dr. Thomas C. Shepherd, President of Ross University. “Her wealth of knowledge and expertise will benefit our students and faculty immensely as we continue to grow and provide the high-quality medical education that is our hallmark.”

Dr. Coleman comes to Ross University from the University of Louisville School of Medicine, Kentucky, where she served as an Associate Dean of Curriculum, Senior Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs. She has also recently been promoted from Associate to Full Professor in the Department of Family and Geriatric Medicine.

Upon completion of family medicine residency training, Dr. Coleman began her own private practice and was part of a group practice in central Ohio, where she also worked as an urgent care and emergency room physician. She was always involved in medical education, inviting high school students and medical students at all levels of training to learn from experiences in her practice and returning regularly to instruct residents in family medicine at the program where she trained. She became a clinical instructor at The Ohio State University College of Medicine in 1988. She also served as an Associate Residency Director for The Ohio State University’s Family Practice Residency Program and as an Assistant Professor in the university’s Department of Family Medicine. She joined the University of Louisville School of Medicine in 1997 as an assistant professor.

Dr. Coleman also holds a number of positions in professional societies, reviews for several medical journals, and is active on advisory councils and committees including her roles as University of Louisville Systems Leader for the Association of American Medical Colleges/Institute for Healthcare Improvement Academic Chronic Care Collaborative, Medical Director for the Kentucky Racing Free Clinic in Louisville, Chair of University of Louisville’s Program Advisory council on curriculum effectiveness and recent co-chair of the nationwide Quality Improvement in Medical Education Network. In addition, she has been the recipient of numerous awards including a fellowship as a Harvard Macy Scholar in Education Leadership and a fellowship in the Executive Leadership for Academic Medicine for Women program, and recipient of the Kathryn T. Schoen Award for Education and Administration at The Ohio State University. Dr. Coleman is a frequent writer in medical journals and speaker at conferences.

Dr. Coleman received her M.D. from the College of Medicine at The Ohio State University, where she also received her Ph.D. in physiological chemistry. She received her B.S. in biology and chemistry from St. Joseph’s College, Indiana.