Ron Strauss
Ron Strauss

Executive Associate Provost
Dental Friends Distinguished Professor
School of Dentistry
Department of Social Medicine
School of Medicine
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Ron Strauss’s research focus has been on the social impacts of chronic health problems with specific interests on stigma, craniofacial anomalies, and HIV/AIDS. His works on the psychological and social impacts of cleft lip/palate and other craniofacial anomalies reflect a combination of clinical and social science/ethical interests. He has worked on how physicians deliver “bad news” to families — parents with children who have cleft lip/palate, developmental disabilities and childhood cancers. He also works on issues of stigma and research participation with the UNC Center for AIDS Research and the UNC Craniofacial Center. Dr. Strauss was the former President of the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association and is the recipient of the organization’s Honors of the Association Award and Service Award.

Dr. Strauss is a sociologist of medicine and a dentist, with doctoral training in both from the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently serving as Executive Vice Provost at UNC.