Genuine and dedicated, Dr. Ross Newman aims to make his patients’ appointments as comfortable as possible, taking extra time to get to know his families and build their trust. He works alongside parents to incorporate their beliefs, concerns and values with evidence-based medicine, creating treatment plans that enhance the well-being of kids and their families. His special interests include combating childhood obesity through activity—from sports to playing outdoors—and supporting literacy by encouraging families to read early and often with their kids, stimulating their children’s minds and expanding their vocabulary.
Dr. Newman earned his undergraduate degree in physiology and developmental biology with minors in Portuguese and Spanish from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. He received his medical degree at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee and served his pediatric residency at the University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque.
A father of four, Ross believes that being a dad has made him a well-rounded pediatrician. In addition to teaching him empathy, fatherhood has strengthened his understanding of what moms and dads face daily—from their worries over a fever in the middle of the night to the safety and development of their children throughout each stage of life—and enables him to better counsel families.
A fan of the adage “If you can’t run fast, just run far,” Ross’ love for running began when he joined the cross-country team in middle school. He now races competitively, from marathons to 50K runs. While in residency, he joined a community program designed to combat pediatric obesity by engaging kids in weekly running groups and activities, providing them a safe place to be active and to have fun. He has started a similar program in Eugene, called Runs with Ross.
Fluent in Portuguese and Spanish, Ross has a deep appreciation for Spanish and Latino culture. In addition to spending two years in Brazil during college, he travels to Mexico twice a year, where he volunteers in hospitals and outpatient clinics, providing pediatric and trauma care to patients.
A native Oregonian, Ross grew up in Harrisburg and is a former white-water rafting guide, who still enjoys time with his family navigating waterways. Ross is also a dedicated collector and builder of Legos. In college, he bought and sold kits to help pay his way through medical school, and today shares his passion for Legos with his children.