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Dean and Chancellor


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. He was formerly the chancellor and senior vice president of Health Affairs at the University of Tennessee and served as president of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, the health education and medical component of Rutgers University, the state’s largest institution of higher education.

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.

Before joining Ross, Dr. Owen was the dean of Medical Sciences at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, a sister medical school at Adtalem Global Education. Prior to that, 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.    

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