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Distinguished Visitor Program

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The Mimi and Peter E. Haas Distinguished Visitor Program provides an opportunity for students and faculty to connect with prominent individuals whose lives and careers have had significant public impact and who have distinguished themselves in one or more forms of public service. Distinguished visitors help bridge the divide between knowing and doing and between theory and practice. The 10-week residency program allows distinguished visitors to reflect upon their work while offering a variety of venues to share their story with a new generation of leaders.

Residency includes:

  • Delivering the Mimi and Peter E. Haas Distinguished Visitor Lecture on Public Service and the University
  • Leading a weekly discussion with undergraduate and graduate students on relevant civic and political topics
  • Forging connections with faculty who have relevant disciplinary expertise
  • Connecting with community partners and deepening the interplay between theory and practice
  • Writing or researching projects

For more information about the Distinguished Visitor program, contact Juliet Brodie.

2023 Distinguished Visitor

Dr. Robert Ross

Robert K. Ross, MD, is president and chief executive officer for The California Endowment, a private, statewide health foundation established in 1996 to address the health needs of Californians. He has an extensive background in health philanthropy, as a public health administrator, and as a clinician. His service includes: commissioner at the Philadelphia Department of Public Health; medical director for LINK School-Based Clinic Program in Camden, NJ; instructor of clinical medicine at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; and faculty member at San Diego State University’s School of Public Health.

During his tenure as president and CEO at The California Endowment, Dr. Ross has provided leadership in supporting the vision of underserved communities and grassroots leaders for a healthier California and a healthier America. The California Endowment has provided advocacy and funded efforts in support of expanding health coverage for undocumented residents, farmworkers, and “Dreamers,” strengthening diversity in the health workforce, advancing wellness-driven school climate reforms, improving health advocacy for young men and young women of color, and providing leadership for health-oriented criminal justice reform.

Dr. Ross received his undergraduate, Masters in public administration, and medical degrees from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

Read the article in Stanford Report

Watch the video of the Distinguished Visitor lecture

Previous Distinguished Visitors