Accomplishment Lecture

Special Medical Grand Rounds Welcomes Lecturer Robert Hoover and Celebrates Will Ross’ Career with Portrait

Drs. Will Ross (L) and Robert Hoover.

The Department of Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis hosted an extra special Medical Grand Rounds on December 15, 2022, with the presentation of the Eduardo Slatopolsky Lecture in Renal and Electrolyte Disorders annual lecture followed by a celebration of one of Washington University’s icons.

Attendees of the hybrid event were treated to an inspirational lecture by Robert S. Hoover, MD, FASN, FAHA, Section Chief of Nephrology & Hypertension, Deming Department of Medicine, Tulane University School of Medicine, who emphasized that one should follow your passion, pay it forward, and work for transformational change in his lecture “Stories Along the Path: A Tangential Scientific and Career Journey.” 

After the lecture, the distinguished career of Willie Ray Ross, MD, MPH, Alumni Endowed Professor of Medicine, Nephrology, and Associate Dean for Diversity at Washington University School of Medicine, was celebrated with the unveiling of his portrait.  Dr. Ross is renowned at WashU for his decades of outstanding patient care, teaching, mentorship, research, and healthcare advocacy for the medically under-served.

I would like to offer my extreme gratitude to Dr. Vicky Fraser for supporting me over the years and commissioning the portrait, and to Dr. Ben Humphreys for giving me the opportunity to expand my work in public health.   I am extremely humbled to be memorialized with this portrait. I have endeavored to ensure every human is treated with dignity and respect – I did not expect such accolades in return.

Dr. Will Ross
Portrait of Dr. Ross being mounted on the wall outside his office. (credit:
Department of Medicine)

Dr. Hoover also participated in a “meet and greet” and a career seminar roundtable hosted by IDEAS (formally known as the Office of Inclusion and Diversity), which supports inclusion, diversity, equity, allyship and social justice for the Department of Medicine.

Read more about Dr. Ross and find links to his innumerable accomplishments and contributions to Washington University and St. Louis here.

Please enjoy the following video (credit WashU Nephrology faculty member Moe Mahjoub) and slideshow of pictures taken at the portrait unveiling event: