Michael W. Ross, MD, PhD, MPH, MHPEd, MSt

Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health

Michael W. Ross

Contact Info


Office Phone 612-625-1500

Office Address:
180 West Bank Office Building
1300 S Second St
Minneapolis, MN 55454

MD, Malmö University

PhD, University of Melbourne

MPH, University of Adelaide

MHPEd, University of New South Wales

MSt, University of Cambridge


Michael Ross, MD, PhD, MPH, MHPEd, MSt, is faculty in the University of Minnesota Institute for Sexual and Gender Health (ISGH) and was the Joycelyn Elders Chair in Sexual Health Education from 2014-2020. He holds 11 degrees, including a MedDr, a PhD in cross-cultural health psychology, and degrees in criminology and health education. Ross has studied sexuality and sexual and mental health for more than 30 years in several countries: India, South Africa, Sweden, Tanzania, Uganda, and Vietnam. Ross has also published more than 500 publications and books. Additionally, he worked extensively in prison environments and wrote a book about prison physical and mental health. Ross has also practiced as a clinical psychologist and is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and the British Psychological Society.

Pronouns: he/him/his

Awards & Recognition

Educational Innovative Award (Years 1-2), University of Minnesota Medical School, 2019



Mgopa, L. R., Rosser, B. R. S., Ross, M. W., Mohammed, I., Lukumay, G. G., Massae, A. F., Mushy, S. E., Mwakawanga, D. L., Mkonyi, E., Trent, M., Bonilla, Z. E., Wadley, J., & Leshabari, S. (2021). Clinical care of victims of interpersonal violence and rape in Tanzania: A qualitative investigation. International Journal of Women’s Health, 13, 727-741. https://doi.org/10.2147/IJWH.S301804

Mkonyi, E., Mwakawanga, D. L., Rosser, B. R. S., Bonilla, Z. E., Lukumay, G. G., Mohammed, I., Mushy, S. E., Mgopa, L. R., Ross, M. W., Massae, A. F., Trent, M., & Wadley, J. (2021). The management of childhood sexual abuse by midwifery, nursing and medical providers in Tanzania. Child Abuse & Neglect, 121, 105268. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chiabu.2021.105268

Rosser, B. R. S., Rider, G. N., Kapoor, A., Talley, K. M. C., Haggart, R., Kohli, N., Konety, B. R., Mitteldorf, D., Polter, D. J., Ross, M. W., West, W., Wheldon, C., & Wright M. (2021). Every urologist and andrologist should know about treating sexual and gender minority prostate cancer patients: Translating research findings into culturally-competent clinical practice. Translational Andrology and Urology, 10(7), 3208-3225. http://dx.doi.org/10.21037/tau-20-1052

Mgopa, L. R., Ross, M. W., Lukumay, G. G., Mushy, S. E., Mkony, E., Massae, A. F., Mwakawanga, D. L., Leshabari, S., Mohammed, I., Trent, M., Wadley, J., Bonilla, Z. E., & Rosser, B. R. S. (2021). Perceptions of sexual health care provision in Tanzania. A key informant qualitative study. Sexuality Research and Social Policy. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13178-021-00607-5

Mushy, S. E., Rosser, B. R. S., Ross, M. W., Lukumay, G. G., Mgopa, L. R., Bonilla, Z., Massae, A. F., Mkonyi, E., Mwakawanga, D. L., Mohammed, I., Trend, M., Wadley, J., & Leshabari, S. (2021). The management of masturbation as a sexual health issue in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania: A qualitative study of health professionals’ and medical students’ perspectives. The Journal of Sexual Medicine, 18(10), 1690-1697. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jsxm.2021.07.007

Ross, M. W., Kashiha, J., Misedah, L., Mgopa, L., Larsson, M., Agardh, A., & Venkitachalam, K. (2021). Addressing the healthcare needs of African men who have sex with men: Barriers to healthcare and promoting HIV and STI treatment in Sub-Saharan Africa. East African Journal of Health and Science, 3(1), 59-77. https://doi.org/10.37284/eajhs.3.1.339

Ayers, J., William, S., Ross, M. W., Thomas, B. W., & Knight, J. (2021). A new computer application for innovation and evaluation in counseling. Journal of Counseling and Educational Technology, 4(1), 1-4. https://doi.org/10.32698/01241

Ross, M. W., Bayer, C. R., Shindel, A., & Coleman, E. (2021). Evaluating the impact of a medical school cohort sexual health course on knowledge, counseling skills and sexual attitude change. BMC Medical Education, 21, 37. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12909-020-02482-x

Ross, M. W., Newstrom, N., & Coleman, E. (2021). Teaching sexual history taking in health care using online technology: A PLISSIT-Plus Zoom® approach during the COVID-19 shutdown. Sexual Medicine, 9(1):100290.

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.esxm.2020.100290Bradford, N. J., Dewitt, J., Decker, J., Berg, D. R., Spencer, K. G., & Ross, M. W. (2019). Sex education and transgender youth: “Trust means material by and for queer and trans people.” Sex Education, 19(1), 84-98. doi:10.1080/14681811.2018.1478808

Ross, M. W., Ayers, J., Schmidt, W., Bugbee, T. W., Knight, J., Muthyala, B. K., & Newstrom, N. P. (2019). A new computer application for teaching sexual history taking to medical students: Innovation and evaluation in the UfaceMETM program. Advances in Medical Education and Practice, 10, 333-341. doi:10.2147/AMEP.S195461

Rosser, B. R. S., Hunt, S. L., Capistrant, B. D., Kohli, N., Konety, B. R., Mitteldorf, D., Ross, M. W., Talley, K. M., & West, W. (2019). Understanding prostate cancer in gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men and transgender women: A review of the literature. Current Sexual Health Reports, 11(4), 430-441. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11930-019-00234-7

Nyitray, A.G., Hicks, J.T., Hwang, L-Y, Baraniuk, S., White, M., Millas, S., Onwuka, M., Zhang, X., Brown, E.L., Ross, M.W., & Chiao, E.Y. (2018). A phase II clinical study to assess the feasibility of self- and partner anal exams to detect anal canal abnormalities including anal cancer. Sexually Transmitted Infections, 94, 124-130. doi:10.1136/sextrans-2017-053283

Ross, M. W., Iguchi, M., & Panicker, S. (2018). Ethical aspects of data sharing and research participant protections. American Psychologist, 73(2), 138-145.doi:10.1037/amp0000240

Tran, H., Ross, M. W., Diamond, P. M., Berg, R. C., Weatherburn, P., & Schmidt, A. J. (2018). Structural validation and multiple group assessment of the Short Internalized Homonegativity Scale in homosexual and bisexual men in 38 European countries: Results from the European MSM Internet Survey. Journal of Sex Research, 55(4-5), 617-629. doi:10.1080/00224499.2017.1380158