Gilbert L. Ross, M.D.

Former Executive Director, Medical Director, American Council on Science and Health (ACSH)

Dr. Gilbert Ross is a former Executive Director and Medical Director of the American Council on Science and Health (ACSH), a consumer education-public health organization, and a policy advisor on tobacco policy at The Heartland Institute. He received his undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Cornell University’s School of Arts and Sciences in 1968, and received his M.D. from the N.Y.U. School of Medicine in 1972. 

He did his postgraduate training in Internal Medicine at the Bronx Municipal Hospital Center and N.Y.U.-Bellevue Hospitals in New York, and completed a fellowship in Rheumatology at Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx, N.Y. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine, board-certified in both Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

He practiced medicine on Long Island from 1977 through 1996. He was a member of the faculty of Cornell University Medical School, Stony Brook Medical School, and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He was a member of the attending staff at North Shore University Hospital and Long Island Jewish Hospital, as well as the New York Hospital Medical Center of Queens.

He became the Coordinator of Medical Projects for the American Council on Science and Health in February 1998, and subsequently became the organization’s Medical Director, then Executive Director in 1999. In that capacity, he was in charge of all scientific projects and publications, as well as personnel issues involving the scientific staff.

He authored many letters to editors of various publications, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, AMA News, and various news services. He has authored letters published in The Lancet and The New England Journal of Medicine. He is co-author of studies published in The Journal of Rheumatology, The Journal of Health Communication, Oncology Times and Clinical Therapeutics. He has appeared on many TV and radio shows, including segments on the Good Morning America, the Fox News show, “The Seven Deadly Threats” (bioterrorism), and Aaron Brown (CNN). He has had published Op-eds (on the FDA) in The Wall Street Journal, and in The Los Angeles Times (on smoking), USA Today, and The San Francisco Chronicle, as well as National Review Online (on drug importation). His editorial on medical errors appeared in Oncology Times.

As medical director of ACSH, he wrote, co-wrote, or edited approximately one-hundred publications over the past several years, covering a spectrum of public-health topics too varied to describe here.

Dr. Ross is married and resides in New York City. He has three children.