Proudly South African, Ross was born and educated at the continent’s tip in Cape Town. His professional fields of interest have centred upon acute and critical care, trauma, anaesthesia, aeromedical, emergency, wilderness and expedition medicine. He has worked extensively as an expedition doctor, including serving as overwintering expedition leader and doctor for the South African National Antarctic Expedition, and is co-founder and medical director of WildMedix, South Africa’s first company to offer accredited training in wilderness medicine. After shifting his predominant focus to anaesthesiology and perioperative medicine, he spearheaded the development of the first African Fellowship in Airway and Thoracic Anaesthesia and is now Associate Professor and Airway Lead for the Department of Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine at the University of Cape Town.
Ross’s clinical and research interests include all facets of airway management, aeromedical and prehospital care, remote and expedition medicine, point-of-care investigation, thermoregulation and extreme physiology. He has secured research and educational grant funding from the South African Society of Anaesthesiologists, Wilderness Medical Society, University of Cape Town, and medical industry. Ross is a keen course director, instructor, dynamic international speaker, and #FOAM (free, open-access medical education) enthusiast, with more than 60 publications. When not providing care in the hospital or abroad, Ross is usually to be found with his family in the wilds, committing random acts of aviation and/or adventure.