Merrick I. Ross, M.D., F.A.C.S., is a Professor of Surgery and Chief of the Melanoma Section and the Charles M. McBride Distinguished Professorship in Surgical Oncology in the Department of Surgical Oncology, within the Division of Surgery at the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.

Dr. Ross received his medical degree from the University of Illinois, School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois, and completed a general surgical residency at the University of Illinois Affiliated Hospitals.  Additional postdoctoral training includes a Research Fellowship at the Scripps Clinic and Research Institute, in La Jolla, California, as well as a Surgical Oncology Fellowship at the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.

Dr. Ross is the principal investigator for numerous ongoing clinical trials.  These trials include studies on interferon alfa-2b and vaccines in resected high-risk primary and regionally metastatic melanoma, intraoperative lymphatic mapping to identify the sentinel lymph node in patients with melanoma and breast cancer, hyperthermic regional limb perfusion with melphalan in patients with satellite and/or intransit metastatic melanoma of the extremity as well as others that deal with melanoma and breast cancers.

A fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Dr. Ross is a member of the American College of Surgeons Oncology Group for Clinical Trials for melanoma and breast cancer, a member of the Research Steering Committee of the United States Intergroup Melanoma Trials Organization and a member of the Melanoma Research Program Section of the World Health Organization.  He is also an active member of various local and national medical organizations.

A frequent contributor to the medical press, Dr. Ross has published an impressive number of articles, book chapters, and abstracts.  His most recent publishing’s include chapters in Cutaneous Melanoma and articles on sentinel lymph node biopsy in melanoma published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Surgery, Annals of Surgery and the Annals of Surgical Oncology just to name a few.