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.

Awards & Recognition

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



Bradford, 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

Lamontagne, E., d’Elbée, M., Ross, M. W., Carroll, A., Plessis, A. D., & Loures, L. A socioecological measurement of homophobia for all countries and its public health impact. European Journal of Public Health, online ahead of print March 3, 2018. doi:10.1093/eurpub/cky023

McCurdy, S.A., & Ross, M.W. (online first). Qualitative data are not just quantitative data with text but data with context: On the dangers of sharing some qualitative data: Comment on DuBois et al. Qualitative Psychology, online ahead of print March 16, 2017. doi:10.1037/qup0000088

Nilsson Schönnesson, L., Zeluf, G., Garcia-Huidobro, D., Ross, M. W., Eriksson, L. E., & Ekström, A. M. (online first). Sexual (dis)satisfaction and its contributors among people living with HIV Infection in Sweden. Archives of Sexual Behavior, online ahead of print February 13, 2018. doi:10.1007/s10508-017-1106-2

Nyitray, A. G., Bagyinszky, F., Ross, M. W., & Schmidt, A. J. (online first). Lack of HIV testing and dissatisfaction with HIV testing and counselling among men having sex with men in Hungary. European Journal of Public Health, online ahead of print November 22, 2017. doi:10.1093/eurpub/ckx200

Warner, C., & Ross, M.W. (in press). Sexual health knowledge of U.S. medical students: A national survey. Journal of Sexual Medicine, accepted for publication May 30, 2018.

Bradford, N.J., Dewitt, J., Decker, J., Berg, D.R., Spencer, K.G., & Ross, M.W. (online first). Sex education and transgender youth: “Trust means material by and for queer and trans people.” Sex Education, online ahead of print June 5, 2018. doi:10.1080/14681811.2018.1478808

Ross, M.W., Leshabari, S., Rosser, B.R.S., Trent, M., Mgopa, L., Wadley, J., Kohli, N., & Agardh, A. (2018). Evaluation of an assessment instrument for a sexual health curriculum for nurses and midwifery students in Tanzania: The Sexual Health Education for Professionals Scale (SHEPS). Applied Nursing Research, 40, 152-156. doi:10.1016/j.apnr.2018.01.005

Agardh, C., Weije, F., Agardh, A., Nyoni, J, Ross, M. W., Kashiha, J., & Larsson, M. (online first). Using pharmacists and drugstore workers as sexual healthcare givers: A qualitative study of men who have sex with men in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Global Health Action, online ahead of print Oct. 26, 2017. doi:10.1080/16549716.2017.1389181

Okudo JC, Ross MW. Common health concerns in African immigrants in the US: implications for the family physician. International Journal of Medical and Health Sciences Research. 2016;3(4):44-9.

Hallmark CJ, Hill MJ, Luswata C, Watkins KL, Thornton L, McNeese M, Ross MW. Déjà vu? A comparison of syphilis outbreaks in Houston, Texas. Sex Transm Dis. 2016;43(9):549-55.

Larsson M, Ross MW, Tumwine G, Agardh A. Determinants of unmet needs for healthcare and sexual health counselling among Ugandan university students with same-sex sexuality experience. Glob Health Action. 2016;9:30790.

Machine EM, Gillespie SL, Homedes N, ...Ross MW, et al. Lost to follow-up: failure to engage children in care in the first three months of diagnosis [published online ahead of print May 10, 2016]. AIDS Care. doi: 10.1080/09540121.2016.1179714.

Ross, Michael W. Health and Health Promotion in Prisons. London: Routledge, 2013.

US Office of the Surgeon General. DHHS Office of Population Affairs. The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Promote Sexual Health and Responsible Sexual Behavior. Edited by Eli Coleman, Janet Shibley Hyde, and Michael W. Ross. Rockville: Office of the Surgeon General, 2001.