Robert A. Gross MD, PhD, FANA, FAAN
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.