Philosophy of Care
I treat every child as a unique individual who deserves the best possible care. I especially value educating the patient and/or parents about the condition being treated, so they can understand and participate in the plan for their child.
Dr. Gross is a general pediatrician practicing in the UC Davis Urgent Care Clinic. He sees patients after hospital discharge, for followup after being seen in the emergency room, and for acute illness and injury.
Dr. Gross teaches Gross Anatomy and Neuroanatomy to medical students and is course director for an undergraduate course in Human Anatomy. He is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the UC Davis Medical Center, where he sees patients in the Pediatric Urgent Care Center. He also participates in the clinical training of medical students and pediatric interns and residents. He has won virtually every major teaching award offered at UC Davis, has been recognized with many prestigious awards for his humanitarian service.
In addition to his teaching and clinical duties at UC Davis, Dr. Gross is involved in multiple global health projects. He has provided healthcare in remote regions of Africa, Central and South America. He has worked with the World Health Organization to help develop and implement their worldwide program to reduce infant and child mortality, Integrated Management of Childhood Illness (IMCI). He is a member of CA-11, California’s federal Disaster Medical Assistance Team, a rapid-response team trained to supplement local medical care in a disaster setting. He has deployed in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, the earthquake in Haiti, and Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. His experience in Haiti led him to become the Founding Director of the UC Haiti Initiative, a program involving a collaboration between the State University of Haiti and several UC campuses. Since 2010, he has been the director of a project to improve pediatric care and training at the Haiti State University Hospital in Port-au-Prince.
Dr. Gross and his wife Dana are very active in the foster care community in Yolo County and have had more than 150 foster children over the past 25 years.
Cell Biology and Human Anatomy
M.D., UC Davis, Davis CA 1990
M.S., Anatomy and Neuroendocrinology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor MI 1973
Ph.D., Anatomy and Neuroendocrinology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor MI 1976
B.A., Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster PA 1972
Internship: Pediatrics, UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento CA 1990
Pediatrics, UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento CA 1992-1993
American Board of Pediatrics,
Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
Golden Key International Honor Society
Sacramento Disaster Medical Assistance Team, DMAT-CA-11
Honors and Awards
Emil M. Mrak International Award, Cal Aggie Alumni Association, 2016
Distinguished Alumnus Award, UC Davis School of Medicine Alumni Association, 2014
Hibbard Williams Award for Extraordinary Achievement, UC Davis School of Medicine, 2011
Kaiser Foundation Hospitals Annual Award For Excellence in Teaching Basic Sciences, UC Davis School of Medicine, 1999, 2003, 2011
Community Service Award, UC Davis, 2010
ASUCD Excellence in Education Award, UC Davis Associated Students, 2009, 2012,
Distinguished Scholarly Public Service Award, UC Davis Academic Senate, 2007
C. John Tupper Prize for Excellence in Teaching, UC Davis School of Medicine, 2006
Grand Marshall, UC Davis Picnic Day, 2006
City Team Ministries Disaster Relief Appreciation Award, 2006
Distinguished Teaching Award, UC Davis Academic Senate, 2005
Association of American Medical Colleges Humanism in Medicine Award, Pfizer Humanities Institute, 2003
Golden Key International Honour Society, Honorary Faculty Inductee, 2003
Kaiser Foundation Hospitals Annual Award For Excellence in Teaching Basic Sciences, UC Davis School of Medicine, 1999, 2003
Outstanding Teaching Award, Clinical Faculty, Department of Pediatrics, UC Davis Medical Center, 1997, 1998
Excellence in Teaching Certificate, Class of 1997, UC School of Medicine, 1997
Award for Excellence in Pediatrics, UC School of Medicine, Davis CA, 1990
Gate Pharmaceuticals Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Study of Medicine, 1990
AOA Honor Medical Society, 1989
President, School of Medicine Class of 1990, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990
Senior Class Award as Outstanding Teacher of Basic Medical Sciences, UC School of Medicine, Davis CA, 1986
City of Davis Community Service Award of Merit, 1985, 1986
Senior Class Award of Effectiveness as a Teacher of Medical Sciences, UC School of Medicine, Davis CA, 1984
Select Recent Publications
Rothfeld JM, Gross DS. Gonadotropin-releasing hormone within the organum vasculosum lamina terminalis in the ovariectomized, estrogen/progesterone-treated rat: a quantitative immunocytochemical study using image analysis. Brain Research. 1985;338:309-315.
Rothfeld JM, Carstens E, Gross DS. Neuronal responsiveness to gonadotropin-releasing hormone and its correlation with sexual receptivity in the rat. Peptides. 1985;6:603-608.
Aponte GW, Yamada T, Gross DS. Capillary orientation of rat pancreatic D-cell process: evidence for endocrine release of somatostatin. American Journal of Physiology. 1985;249:599-606.
Gross DS, Turgeon JL, Waring DW. The ovine pars tuberalis: a naturally occurring source of partially purified gonadotropes which secrete luteinizing hormone in vitro. Endocrinology. 1984;114:2084-2091.
Gross DS. The mammalian hypophysial pars tuberalis: a comparative immunocytochemical study. General and Comparative Endocrinology. 1984;56:283-298.
Gross DS, Rothfeld JM. Quantitative immunocytochemistry of hypothalamic and pituitary hormones: validation of an automated, computerized image analysis system. Journal of Histochemistry and Cytochemistry. 1984;33:11-20.
Gross DS. Hormone production in the hypophysial pars tuberalis of intact and hypophysectomized rats. Endocrinology. 1983;112:733-744.
Filby AB, Gross DS. Distribution of immunoreactive somatostatin in the primate hypothalamus. Cell and Tissue Research. 1983;233:69-80.
Schanbacher BD, English HF, Gross DS, Santen RJ, Walker MF, Falvo RE. Animal model of isolated gonadotropin deficiency: I. Hormonal responses to LHRH immunoneutralization. Journal of Andrology. 1983;4:233-239.
English HF, Schanbacher BD, Gross DS, Walker MF, Falvo RE, Santen RJ. Animal model of isolated gonadotropin deficiency; II. Morphological responses to LHRH immunoneutralization. Journal of Andrology. 1983;4:240-247.