GLASGOW — Dr. William Ross served his country for more than 20 years as a U.S. Army reservist, and the veteran is the newest board-certified orthopedic surgeon to practice in Glasgow.
Ross has joined South Central Kentucky Orthopedics and is anticipating seeing patients beginning next week.
"I'm excited to be adding an additional service to an area that's been traditionally really well served by this practice, and I'm really happy to join this group of professionals who have served this community for so long," Ross said.
The son of a U.S. Navy vet, Ross lived in several cities growing up including Oakland, California, which he considers his childhood home. Ross attended Morehouse College in Atlanta for his undergraduate degree and earned his medical degree from Meharry Medical College in Nashville.
Ross completed an internship and residency program in Los Angles. Despite living in large cities for most of his life, Ross said he fell in love with the small-town feel while deployed in the Virgin Islands at St. Croix.
Ross and his wife, Kathi Earles-Ross, who is a pediatrician, found Glasgow to also be a comfortable and inviting place to live when considering the move to Kentucky.
"When this position was advertised, I came up to check it out and was immediately struck by the small town, and how much I loved the feel of it," he said.
Ross is trained to treat a wide variety of injuries and needs for patients including foot and ankle trauma, which are among his specialities.
"I like the idea of taking something that's not quite functioning and helping it to function again," Ross said.
Ross has a special affinity for treating veterans.
"I was deployed multiple times overseas including Iraq, so I have a tremendous respect for military veterans and their families, and have a sensitivity to those that I think is evident in my practice," he said.
South Central Kentucky Orthopedics has a solid reputation in the community which made joining the organization very appealing, Ross said.
"I see us as being a health care team that sometimes I manage, and sometimes is managed by others. So I like the idea of being a great teammate and a great captain when necessary," he said.
Ross described his personality as a doctor as concerned and sympathetic yet light-hearted and personable.
"I like for people to be happy. I like to laugh and I like to make my patients laugh. I think that relationship is very important," he said.
Ross joints the team at South Central Kentucky Orthopedics that includes Dr. Barret Lessenberry. On Thursday, Lessenberry said Ross brings some special skills to the table including specialized training in foot and ankle treatment.
"We're delighted to have somebody come join us who is committed to the community and going to be a part of it, and be a part of everything we've got going on here," Lessenberry said. "We try to provide prompt attention to the orthopedic needs of the community, and his presence is going to help us do that even better."
Ross has hospital affiliations at T.J. Samson Community Hospital, Westlake Regional Hospital, Russell County Hospital, Cumberland County Hospital and Wayne County Hospital.
Ross and his wife have three children. When he's not working, Ross said he enjoys photography. For more information, visit the website www.southcentralkyortho.com.