RUSM and RUSVM Announce New Board of Trustees

Mar 23, 2022

Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) and Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM) today announced the recent appointments of Oliver T. Brooks, MD; Mary E. Guerra, DVM and Selwyn O. Rogers, Jr., MD, MPH, FACS to their Board of Trustees.  

“The board is thrilled to welcome our newest members,” said Susan Groenwald, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN, chair of the board. “We strove to select new trustees who share our institutions’ commitment to increasing access to care while continuing our tradition of diversity of gender, ethnicity, thought and experience on the board. Not only did Drs. Brooks, Guerra and Rogers exceed these criteria, they also bring unique insights and perspectives to further strengthen the board. I look forward to partnering with them as we empower our students to make inspiring contributions in the medical and veterinary fields.” 

RUSM and RUSVM are part of Adtalem Global Education, which provides access to education, certifications and upskilling programs at scale through its network of institutions that have a focus in the healthcare sector, including medical, nursing and veterinary programs. 

“We are pleased to have Drs. Brooks, Guerra and Rogers join the Ross University Board of Trustees,” said John Danaher, MD, president, Adtalem Medical and Veterinary. “Their expertise in healthcare, wealth of strategic experience in the medical and veterinary fields, and dedication to increasing access to care will be invaluable as we continue to focus on training the next generation of practice-ready physicians and veterinarians to serve diverse communities.” 

Dr. Brooks is chief medical officer at Watts Health Care Corporation, a private, nonprofit network of community-based health centers offering primary and specialty services in Los Angeles. Since joining the organization in 1989 as a staff pediatrician, he has held the roles of chief, urgent care services; chief, pediatric & adolescent medicine; associate medical director and presently the Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Brooks serves as chairman of the Immunize LA Families Coalition; medical director, consultant, LA Care Health Plan and is active in numerous healthcare committees and task forces. In 2021, Dr. Brooks was appointed to the Advisory Committee of Immunization Practices, the subcommittee of the CDC that that determines all vaccine policy in the U.S. and is past president of the National Medical Association (NMA). Early in his career, he was a pediatrician at North Oakland Pediatric Medical Group in Oakland, Calif. Dr. Brooks completed his residency at Children's Hospital Oakland. He received his Doctor of Medicine from Howard University College of Medicine and his Bachelor of Science from Morehouse College. 

As regional vice president of Banfield Pet Hospital – the nation’s leading provider of preventive veterinary care with more than 1,000 hospitals across the U.S. – Dr. Guerra oversees client experience and Associate engagement for hospitals in the Northern California region, leading teams to provide high-quality preventive veterinary care to pets. She has held roles of increasing responsibility at Banfield since joining the organization in 2008, including associate DVM, certified chief of staff, medical director, field director, and interim regional vice president of veterinary quality. Dr. Guerra serves as the board president of A Caring of Doctor of Texas and is part of the Animal Service Advisory Committee of the Irving City Counsel Advisory Board and the Animal Welfare Committee of the Texas Veterinary Medical Association (TVMA). She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine, her Bachelor of Science from Angelo State University and her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas, Austin. 

Dr. Rogers is professor and chief of trauma and acute care surgery at the University of Chicago Medicine and Biological Sciences. There, he also serves as director of the Trauma Center and executive vice president, community health engagement. Dr. Rogers has served in leadership roles at health centers across the country, including most recently as vice president and chief medical officer for the University of Texas Medical Branch, where he was also assistant Dean for clinical affairs and professor of surgery. Prior to that, Dr. Rogers was chair of surgery at Temple University School of Medicine and division chief of trauma, burns and surgical critical care at Harvard Medical School / Brigham & Women’s Hospital (BWH), where he helped launch the Center for Surgery and Public Health. He completed his residency and his fellowship at BWH. He received his Doctor of Medicine from Harvard Medical School, his Master of Public Health from Vanderbilt University and his Bachelor of Arts from Harvard College. 

The Ross University School of Medicine and Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine Board of Trustees is a committed group of dedicated community and professional leaders who are responsible for guiding the strategic direction of the institutions. The addition of Dr. Brooks, Dr. Guerra and Dr. Rogers results in 8 total trustees, all of whom are independent. The Board composition now includes 4 women and 4 persons of color, demonstrating Adtalem’s and the institutions’ commitment to Board diversity as a business imperative. 

About Ross University School of Medicine 

Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) is an institution of Adtalem Global Education (NYSE: ATGE), a global education provider headquartered in the United States. Founded in 1978 and located in Barbados, RUSM has more than 14,000 alumni and is committed to educating a diverse group of skilled physicians. RUSM is accredited by the Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine and Other Health Professions (CAAM-HP). For more information, please visit and follow RUSM on Twitter (@RossMedSchool), Instagram (@rossmedschool) and Facebook (@RossMedSchool). 

About Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine 

Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM) is an institution of Adtalem Global Education (NYSE: ATGE). Founded in 1982, RUSVM is committed to preparing students to become members and leaders of the worldwide public and professional healthcare team and to advance human, animal and ecosystem health (One Health Initiative). RUSVM offers postgraduate Masters’, Ph.D. and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) programs accredited by the St. Christopher & Nevis Accreditation Board. Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine confers a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree, which is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education (AVMA COE), 1931 N. Meacham Road, Suite 100, Schaumburg, IL 60173, Tel: 800.248.2862. Ross Veterinary Clinic is accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association. For more information visit and follow RUSVM on Twitter (@RossVetSchool ), LinkedIn, Instagram (@rossvetschool) and Facebook (@RossVetSchool). 

About Adtalem Global Education 

Adtalem Global Education (NYSE: ATGE) is a leading healthcare educator and provider of professional talent to the healthcare industry. With a dedicated focus on driving strong outcomes that increase workforce preparedness, Adtalem empowers a diverse learner population to achieve their goals and make inspiring contributions to their communities. Adtalem is the parent organization of American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, Chamberlain University, Ross University School of Medicine, Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and Walden University. Adtalem and its institutions have more than 10,000 employees and a network of more than 275,000 alumni. Adtalem was named one of America’s Most Responsible Companies 2021 by Newsweek, and one of America’s Best Employers for Diversity 2021 by Forbes. Follow Adtalem on Twitter @adtalemglobal, LinkedIn or visit for more information. 

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