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Dr. James Rosser, Jr.

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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
MedicalMakers
Occupation(s):
Hospital Chief Executive
Medical Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Spaghetti, Catfish
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Maui, Hawaii
Favorite Quote:
You Don't Know What You Don't Know.

Birthplace

Born:
9/14/1954
Birth Location:
Rome, Mississippi

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
MedicalMakers
Occupation(s):
Hospital Chief Executive
Medical Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Spaghetti, Catfish
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Maui, Hawaii
Favorite Quote:
You Don't Know What You Don't Know.

Birthplace

Born:
9/14/1954
Birth Location:
Rome
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Biography

Hospital chief executive and medical professor James C. Rosser, Jr. was born on September 14, 1954 in Rome, Mississippi. He attended James C. Rosser Elementary school and graduated from Gentry High School in 1971. After briefly attending the University of Florida, Rosser enrolled in the University of Mississippi and graduated from there with his B.A. degree in chemistry and biology in 1974. He received his M.D. degree from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine in 1980. Rosser then completed his surgical residency at Akron General Medical Center where he served as chief resident from 1984 to 1985.

Upon completion of his residency, Rosser began an academic/private surgical practice at Akron General Medical Center and accepted a position as assistant professor of surgery at Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine. In addition, Rosser was appointed as assistant professor of surgery at the Yale University School of Medicine, and as professor of surgery at the Albert Einstein School of Medicine. His hospital appointments include Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam, Netherlands and St. Francis Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. From 1994 to 2002, Rosser served as chief of videoendoscopic surgery at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Then, in 2002, he was named chief of minimally invasive surgery and director of the Advanced Medical technology Institute at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City.

Rosser has given more than 350 invited lectures around the world on topics ranging from education to remote control surgery. He has written over fifty peer-reviewed articles, sixteen chapters in books currently in print, and eleven digital books. He holds two patents and he has been credited with the development of several products and appliances. For his efforts, Dr. Rosser has received numerous recognitions and awards, including the NAACP Living Legend Award in Medicine, the National Role Model Award from Minority Access, Inc., the SAGES Gerald Marks Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Society of Laparoscopic Surgeons’ EXCEL award.

Rosser is married to Dana Mitchell Rosser. They have five children: Kevin S. Rosser, Duane C. Rosser, Angela N. Rosser, Taylor E. Rosser, and Tianna M. Rosser.

James C. Rosser, Jr. was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on June 4, 2013.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Dr. James Rosser, Jr. describes his mother's education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Dr. James Rosser, Jr. recalls the origin of his nickname
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Dr. James Rosser, Jr. remembers his mother's personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Dr. James Rosser, Jr. describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Dr. James Rosser, Jr. talks about growing up in Mississippi during the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Dr. James Rosser, Jr. describes his father's education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Dr. James Rosser, Jr. talks about his father's service in the U.S. Marine Corps
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Dr. James Rosser, Jr. talks about his father's experiences during World War II
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Dr. James Rosser, Jr. talks about how his parents met
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Dr. James Rosser, Jr. describes his parents' personalities and who he takes after
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Dr. James Rosser, Jr. lists his siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Dr. James Rosser, Jr. remembers the influence of his maternal grandmother
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Dr. James Rosser, Jr. describes his earliest memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Dr. James Rosser, Jr. talks about the music scene in Moorhead, Mississippi
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Dr. James Rosser, Jr. describes the black community in Moorhead, Mississippi
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Dr. James Rosser, Jr. remembers his early aspirations
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Dr. James Rosser, Jr. recalls the influence of comic books and television
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Dr. James Rosser, Jr. remembers black representation in the media
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Dr. James Rosser, Jr. recalls his family's role in the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Dr. James Rosser, Jr. remembers the East Moorhead School in Moorhead, Mississippi
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Dr. James Rosser, Jr. recalls his parents' role in the voter registration movement
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Dr. James Rosser, Jr. remembers his early adolescence
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Dr. James Rosser, Jr. remembers visiting Memphis, Tennessee
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Dr. James Rosser, Jr. describes the white resistance to desegregation
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Dr. James Rosser, Jr. describes the resources at black public schools in Mississippi
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Dr. James Rosser, Jr. remembers his influential teachers
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Dr. James Rosser, Jr. talks about school desegregation in Indianola, Mississippi
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Dr. James Rosser, Jr. talks about his dream of becoming a doctor
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Dr. James Rosser, Jr. describes his aspiration to play college football
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Dr. James Rosser, Jr. recalls the obstacles to his enrollment at the University of Mississippi
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Dr. James Rosser, Jr. remembers his experiences of discrimination at Gentry High School in Indianola, Mississippi
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Dr. James Rosser, Jr. remembers matriculating at the University of Florida
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Dr. James Rosser, Jr. describes his experiences of discrimination at the University of Mississippi
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Dr. James Rosser, Jr. remembers his transition to medical school
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Dr. James Rosser, Jr. remembers meeting and marrying his wife, Dana Rosser
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Dr. James Rosser, Jr. recalls his near expulsion from medical school
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Dr. James Rosser, Jr. remembers graduating from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine in Oxford, Mississippi
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Dr. James Rosser, Jr. describes his decision to enroll at the Brompton Cardiothoracic Institute in London, England
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Dr. James Rosser, Jr. remembers the mentorship of Dr. James D. Hardy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Dr. James Rosser, Jr. remembers his influential medical professors
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Dr. James Rosser, Jr. recalls moving to Akron, Ohio
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Dr. James Rosser, Jr. talks about the invention of laparoscopic surgery
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Dr. James Rosser, Jr. describes his contributions to laparoscopic surgery