Dr. Mary Ellen Trail Ross has been selected as one of this year’s Top 150 Houston Nurses by the Houston Chronicle “Salute to Nurses” program. Dr. Trail Ross is an alumna of the University of Texas School of Public Health, where she earned her DrPH degree. She currently is an associate professor of clinical nursing in the Department of Nursing Systems at UTHealth.
[Photo: Dr. Mary Ellen Trail Ross]
A board-certified gerontological clinical nurse specialist, Dr. Ross’s primary teaching responsibility is gerontology and community health. Her research focuses on the health needs of older adults as well as stress and coping in grandparents raising their grandchildren.
Dr. Trail Ross earned a Bachelor of Science in nursing at McNeese State University; her MS in nursing from UTHealth; and her DrPH at UTHealth.
Dr. Trail Ross was nominated by a former student who had taken two of her classes and wrote: “I admire her professionalism and try to emulate it in my nursing career.” She praised her professor for “creative and innovative teaching strategies which allow her students to learn better and creates excitement,” as well as for being “very friendly, kind and approachable.”
Dr. Trail Ross was selected as “someone who has made a tangible, positive impact in the nursing community” from among hundreds of nominations by a panel of educators and leaders identified by the Houston Chronicle and honored at an awards luncheon May 5.
“I’m honored that the Houston Chronicle chose to recognize me for my contributions to the nursing profession,” said Dr. Trail Ross . “I’m passionate about educating future nurses, particularly in the area of care for the elderly population and community health.”