Joseph Flaherty, MD was Dean Emeritus at Ross University School of Medicine from 2011 to 2017, after previously presiding as Dean at the University of Illinois College of Medicine, one of the largest medical schools in the US. During his tenure at RUSM, Dr. Flaherty created the 'One School, One Mission' initiative, streamlining and strengthening the student experience through their basic sciences and clinical training, helping them prepare for residency. Under his directed improvements in the student curriculum, RUSM began to dramatically flourish. Students began to consistently perform on par with US medical students and routinely place at competitive residencies at teaching hospitals across the US. Also, with his irrefutable reputation in the medical field, Dean Flaherty was able to help open doors to top teaching US hospitals to RUSM students.