‘Couples’ Shabbaton | Adam Ross

In memory of his passing 8 years ago, The Winter MoDox Outdoor Adventure Shabbatons & Ski trips are named after Adam Ross.  Ski.  Soar.  Live.

Adam was an incredible human being with great spirit, knowledge, and accomplishments, who died in January, 2008 at age 36 from melanoma.  Adam grew up in Long Island, NY and received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan. Subsequently, during his last year at Johns Hopkins Medical School, Adam was diagnosed with metastatic melanoma.  He took off one year for surgery and therapies and then completed his residency in Otolaryngology at the University of Pennsylvania. His calling brought him to OHSU, in Oregon, to complete a fellowship in Facial Reconstructive and Plastic Surgery.

Adam was an outstanding scholar, athlete, human being, son and husband.  He participated in almost every sport, with a particular love for tennis, hockey, skiing, and especially golf.  His favorite sport was football and he enjoyed many Saturday afternoons rooting for the University of Michigan Wolverines.   I had the pleasure of skiing with Adam on a few ski trips at Sun Valley.  Even in his last year of life, while going through treatments, he hit the slopes so hard – such an inspiration!

He survived for 11 years with multiple recurrences and treatments.  During his short life he was able to help many patients with reconstructive facial surgery as the Director of Facial Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC.  Adam would have hoped for every person to live his or her life to the fullest as he did.