David A. Ross, ScD
Dr. David Ross is president and CEO of The Task Force for Global Health and former director of the Public Health Informatics Institute (PHII), which he led for 16 years. He became the director of All Kids Count; a program of PHII supported by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), in 2000, and subsequently began PHII, also with funding from RWJF.
As PHII director, Dave led the development of collaborative methods to strengthen information capacity of public health systems in the United States and other countries. These methods have been used to modernize information capabilities of U.S. public health laboratories; improve reporting systems for monitoring disease outbreaks; manage vaccine supply chains; help developing countries adopt national health insurance information systems; and strengthen financial management practices by the U.S. public health system.
At the helm of PHII, Dave regularly provided strategic guidance to global health and U.S. public health agencies for improving the use of health information. He currently chairs a World Health Organization (WHO) committee that is developing guidelines for electronic health records that are increasingly being adopted around the world. Dave also serves on a WHO expert committee examining how to strengthen immunization systems in developing countries. In the United States, Dave serves on the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics that advises the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services on key health data issues, and a CDC subcommittee that makes recommendations for improving disease surveillance and using health information more effectively.
Dave's experience spans the private health care and public health sectors. Before joining the Task Force, he was an executive with a private health information systems firm, a public health service officer with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and an executive in a private health system.
Dave holds a doctoral degree in Operations Research from The Johns Hopkins University (1980) where he was involved in health services research. After serving as director of the Health Services Research Center, Baltimore USPHS Hospital, he became vice president for administration with the Wyman Park Health System. In 1983, he joined the CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health. During his career at CDC, he worked in environmental health, CDC’s executive administration, and public health practice.
Dave was founding director of the Information Network for Public Health Officials (INPHO), CDC’s national initiative to improve the information infrastructure of public health. His research and programmatic interests reflect those of PHII: the strategic application of information technologies to improve public health practice.