Top Blacks In Healthcare 2014: Dr. Samuel L. Ross

Dr. Samuel L. RossSamuel L. Ross, M.D., known for his commitment to quality healthcare, is the Chief Executive Officer of Bon Secours  Baltimore Health System. As a physician and health care leader, Dr. Ross manages the hospital and a variety of community outreach efforts including affordable housing for seniors and families, job readiness, GED programs and green initiatives.

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Along with his responsibilities as CEO of Bon Secours Baltimore, Dr. Ross also has an expanded role within Bon Secours Health System where he is the “Market Leader” for Bon Secours Kentucky.

As a young man growing up in Texas, Dr. Ross says he wanted to be “the black Marcus Welby,” a family physician who returned to his hometown and found great success, just like the ‘70s TV doctor portrayed by Robert Young. He did become a family practitioner like Marcus Welby, but Dr. Ross accomplished in reality what Welby never achieved in fiction. His success can be attributed to his philosophy. Like so many successful people, he believes nothing worth doing is easy, and one should never give up.

Some other little known facts about Dr. Ross are, he does his best to eat right and exercise. And, he shares, “I chopped and picked cotton growing up.”

Congratulations, Dr. Ross, for being a “ Top Blacks in Healthcare” 2014 honoree! “Top Blacks In Healthcare” 2014: Kermit R. Crawford


Kermit Crawford is president of the pharmacy, health and wellness division for Walgreens, headquartered in Deerfield, Ill., where he is leading the advancement of community pharmacy to play a greater role in healthcare through integration and expanded services.

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Crawford began his career with Walgreens as a pharmacy intern in 1983, shortly before his graduation from pharmacy school at Texas Southern University in Houston. Over the years, he has advanced through the ranks of the company, holding positions from pharmacist to store and district manager to vice president of store operations.

Kermit Crawford always knew he wanted to be a pharmacist. As a child, he says he looked up to the man who ran the corner drugstore and knew Crawford and his family by name. “He knew I was Harry Crawford’s son, and I grew up saying, ‘That’s who I want to be,’ ” said Crawford, whose childhood dream was to one day run a drugstore of his own.

More than a dream fulfilled,  he’s changed Walgreens from prescription filler to an important entity in serving medically underserved communities.

Congratulations, Mr. Crawford, for being a “ Top Blacks in Healthcare” 2014 honoree!