For Dr. Michael Ross, his decision to practice in the field of nephrology developed from a gradual path of study that led him to discover an interest, and eventual passion, for the medical specialty. He found nephrology to be the medical specialty in which he could best utilize all of his advanced education and training to positively influence patients’ lives.
Growing up in Colorado Springs, Dr. Ross attended Colorado State University for his undergraduate degree. A general interest in the medical field led him to medical research during his undergraduate training and four years at the National Institute of Health in Maryland studying the pathogenesis of HIV following his graduation from Colorado State University. He then enrolled in a combined M.D. and Ph.D. program at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. While in training, Dr. Ross focused his studies on nephrology as this specialty best combined his clinical and academic interests. With his move into nephrology, he transitioned his HIV research to include the viruses’ correlation with kidney disease, and published his Ph.D. thesis on HIV-associated nephropathy.
Dr. Ross subsequently moved to Boston, Massachusetts, to complete his internship and residency in internal medicine and fellowship in nephrology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School. He served on the medical school faculty at Harvard for several years while continuing his career in academic medicine. While at Harvard, Dr. Ross continued caring for patients directly at Brigham and Women’s while conducting his research on the genetic causes of kidney disease.
Although Dr. Ross found it rewarding to split his attention between academic medicine, clinical practice, and research while at Harvard, he ultimately decided he wanted to focus his efforts on direct patient care. He chose to return home to Colorado Springs and join Pikes Peak Nephrology Associates practice in 2012.
Dr. Ross brings exceptional knowledge and understanding of kidney disease to the Pikes Peak Nephrology team. He has been honored with the KL2 Harvard Catalyst Award in 2010, the Individual National Research Service Award in 2008, Outstanding Clinical Teaching Award in 2007, and the Alpha Omega Alpha, Honors Society Award in 2003. He takes pride in delivering nephrology care with the PPNA group that far exceeds the national averages in preventing progression to end-stage renal disease for his chronic kidney disease patients. He believes working closely with the primary care providers in the region and good communication among all the providers involved in any given patient’s care are the keys to this success.
In his moments of free time, Dr. Ross takes advantage of Colorado’s beautiful surroundings by hunting, fishing and spending time with his family outdoors.