Dr. Heather Ross is a Nurse Practitioner, Professor, and Scientist who unites science, technology, and caring to make people’s lives better. She is running for U.S. Congress to bring her real-world experience and work ethic to the House of Representatives to heal our broken government and build a positive future for Arizona and America.
Heather was born in Phoenix and raised in Scottsdale, Arizona, the oldest of four children. Heather’s father taught 4th and 5th grade at Lookout Mountain Elementary in Moon Valley, and Heather’s mother taught music at Scottsdale Community College and was the cantor at Temple Kol Ami in Scottsdale. Heather attended public schools throughout her K-12 education and graduated with honors from Horizon High School at the age of 16. She was accepted at Yale University to study molecular biophysics and biochemistry. Heather and her parents took out loans, and she worked campus and summer jobs waiting tables and as an office assistant to pay for college. Before she left for school, Heather’s great grandmother came to live with her family as she became too frail to be on her own; the experience shaped Heather’s world view, and she ultimately changed her academic path to study religion with a focus on end-of-life decision-making.
This research, along with Heather’s love for science, steered her toward a career in healthcare, with a desire to help people at the bedside rather than in the research lab.
After college, Heather pursued a nursing career at Boston College. There, she discovered a passion for cardiology that led to her career as a nurse practitioner to this day.
In 2004, Heather returned to Arizona, this time with her husband Mitch and their three daughters. They are active members of the Jewish community in Scottsdale.
She joined Arizona Arrhythmia Consultants as a nurse practitioner in 2008. While caring for patients and raising her family with her husband, Heather earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree and PhD in Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology both at Arizona State University (ASU).
Now as a professor at ASU, Heather directs a graduate program in professional ethics, hosts the Future Out Loud podcast, and mentors students to develop as leaders, advocates, and changemakers for their patients and communities.
As a research scientist in ASU’s Global Security Initiative, she works closely with researchers from across the university to develop efficient and effective wearable technology to improve people’s lives and national security.
As an advocate and volunteer leader for healthcare organizations in cardiology and nursing, Heather’s work has focused on helping people navigate America’s complicated healthcare system and efforts to achieve healthcare reform.