Pediatrician Emily Ross MDUndergraduate: Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

Medical School: Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, Greenville, NC

Pediatric Residency: Wake Forest University at Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem, NC

Dr. Mims has lived in Michigan, Thailand and Chicago – but her formative years were spent here in Raleigh. She enjoys movies, plays, concerts, biking and hiking. She also plays the violin.

  • Hometown?

Well, technically I was born in Michigan (huge U of M fan), but I moved to Raleigh at 5 years old, so I consider this my hometown.

  • Favorite Travel?

I was an exchange student in Thailand when I was a teenager and that was such an incredible experience for me. I would love to go back and visit.

  • First Job?

My very first job I worked at the Baby Gap in Crabtree Valley Mall as a teenager. I have also worked as a waitress, camp counselor, resident assistant and researcher.

  • College?

I went to college at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois and after I graduated I lived in Chicago for two more years. I loved living in Chicago for its excitement, but I definitely do not miss the cold.

  • What about Deciding to go to Medical School and become a Physician?

I have always been motivated by wanting to help others and wanting to contribute to society.  I felt that being a primary care physician was one of the best ways to make a difference in others’ lives.  I also truly enjoy the process of forming relationships with people which is a large part of being a primary care physician.

  • What about Choosing to Specialize in Pediatrics?

I knew when I started medical school that I wanted to do outpatient primary care and I had thought that I would be a family physician.  However, I found that when I worked in family medicine I only wanted to see the pediatric patients!  When I loved my pediatric rotation during my third year of medical school, I knew it was the right fit. I love the process of watching people grow and facilitating in that process. I also enjoy working with parents and families in addition to patients.  And of course, pediatricians are the nicest people!

  • Current Interests / Pastimes / Hobbies?

I have a huge passion for the arts and I enjoy attending movies, concerts and plays.  I used to play the violin, but unfortunately it has been hard for me to keep up with it since being in medicine.  I also enjoy the great outdoors—hiking and biking are frequent pastimes for me. 

  • Favorite Sports teams?

I enjoy watching college basketball and grew up as a Duke fan (My Mom works there).  I also love watching the Chicago Cubs and Northwestern Wildcats, both of whom did very well this year!

  • Any Pets?

Not currently, but I am kind of obsessed with Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and I hope to adopt one once I move to Raleigh.

  • Why Back to Raleigh to join Raleigh Children & Adolescents Medicine?

Since college I have lived in many different cities in NC and Raleigh is my favorite because of its diversity and plethora of fun things to do.  I knew that I wanted to come back to where my family is from as well.  RCAM was easily my favorite place to interview because I had such wonderful conversations with the providers and I could see that everyone in the group was so enthusiastic and committed to providing excellent care. 

2019 UPDATE:

  • Dr. Ross is now Dr. Mims following her recent marriage.


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