Faculty Advisors

Robert A. Gross MD, PhD, FANA, FAAN
Neurology, Editor-in-Chief
Robert A. Gross graduated from Harvard College with an AB in Biology, summa cum laude, in 1975. He entered the Medical Scientist Training Program at Washington University, St. Louis, earning the MD and PhD (Pharmacology) degrees (1981). He interned in Medicine at the Jewish Hospital in St. Louis and completed residency in Neurology at the Massachusetts General Hospital, where he served as Chief Resident. Faculty positions followed at the University of Michigan (1985-1991) and the University of Minnesota (1991-1994). Dr. Gross joined the faculty of the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) in 1994, where he is Associate Chair for Academic Affairs (Neurology). His research interests have centered on various aspects of cellular neuropharmacology and clinical trials of novel anticonvulsants. He served on a multi-center task force to design trials to compare brand to generic AEDs. He was the recipient of the S. Weir Mitchell Award of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) in 1988. He sees patients in the Strong Epilepsy Center, with a particular interest in the pharmacology of anti-seizure drugs. Dr. Gross’ educational efforts are diverse. A former director of the interdepartmental Graduate Program in Neuroscience at the University of Rochester, he is the founding and current Director of the Academic Research Track, an innovative program for medical students that centers on a year-out experience in medical research, often concurrent with Masters degree preparation. This program is funded by URMC’s Clinical and Translational Science Award and he is a member of the grant’s Research, Educational and Career Development Directorate. He serves on the design committee for the medical student course “Mind, Brain and Behavior” for which he provides 9 hours of lecture in neuropharmacology. He is the Director of a novel basic science course for fourth year medical students, the month-long “Process of Discovery,” in which students design cutting-edge research programs to effect changes in clinical care over a decade. He teaches in AAN Annual Meeting courses, including the Career Development course. He has developed mentoring programs for residents, fellows and faculty in the Department of Neurology. He served as an Associate Editor of Neurology® for 8 years, two of which were as Deputy Editor. He is the current Editor-in-Chief of the Neurology® journals. He is a fellow of the ANA and AAN, and a member of the Society for Neuroscience, and the American Epilepsy Society. Dr. Gross is active in the Epilepsy Foundation of the Rochester, Syracuse and Binghamton regions (currently Epilepsy-Pralid, Inc.), a past President of the Board, and currently a member of the Board of Directors. He has appeared on the PBS program “Second Opinion” and on local radio shows on the topic of epilepsy.
Caroline Wellbery, MD, PhD
Associate Deputy Editor, American Family Physician
Caroline Wellbery is Professor in the Department of Family Medicine. She has served in many capacities—teaching medical students, residents and fellows, as Associate Deputy Editor of American Family Physician and as Director of the department’s Medical Humanities program. Having earned her PhD in Comparative Literature prior to pursuing her MD degree at the University of California/San Francisco, she has a particular interest in using art and literature as a means of introducing learners to the human side of medicine. She orchestrates performances and exhibits, arranges art workshops and museum visits and encourages trainees to honor their creativity in both art and science. She often ponders the human condition, a propinquity reflected in her published essays as well as her scholarly work. She is the grateful recipient of the Leonard Tow Humanism Award and deeply appreciative of her colleagues and students.
Margaret H. Kearney, PhD, RN, FAAN
Research in Nursing & Health, Editor-in-Chief
Appointed Vice Provost and University Dean of Graduate Studies at the University of Rochester in 2011 after six years as PhD Programs Director in the School of Nursing, Kearney oversees doctoral studies across the University, chairs the University Council on Graduate Studies, and serves as the central administration's liaison with graduate student issues and organizations, while maintaining a half- time commitment as a Professor in the School of Nursing and serving as Editor-in-Chief of Research in Nursing & Health, currently the highest-ranked general research journal in nursing. She previously served as faculty and department chair at Boston College and in associate editor roles at two journals. With degrees from Columbia University, Boston College, and the University of California San Francisco and post-doctoral study at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Kearney is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. Her scholarly work and academic collaborations have emphasized qualitative research methods and studies of health issues and decision-making in socially high-risk pregnant and parenting women. She has published more than 70 articles, books, and chapters and presents widely on qualitative research methods and writing for publication.
Nadine Dexter MLS, D-AHIP
Ms. Dexter is responsible for the successful start-up, planning, direction, and operation of all administrative and service functions of the Health Sciences Library. She is currently working with faculty and staff to create an environment that promotes growth, creativity and motivation throughout the College. She is also working on developing and applying technology tools for teaching, learning, assessment and outreach; as she is preparing for integrating library-training programs into the health sciences curricula and clinical environment. Nadine will also provide for the strategic use of knowledge resources and developing partnerships that support sources of external funding.