Daphne P. Calmes, MD

Interim Dean of College of Medicine


Daphne Calmes, M.D., M.S.H.S. assumed the position of Interim Dean for Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU), June of 2012. She has served as the Associate Dean of Medical Student Affairs for the Medical Student Education Program since 2006. She completed her undergraduate education, medical school degree and her public health degree programs at the University of California at Los Angeles. Dr. Calmes finished her Pediatric Residency Training and a Child Development Fellowship at the King-Drew Medical Center.

After fellowship training Dr. Calmes joined the faculty of the CDU Department of Pediatrics where she was actively involved in undergraduate and graduate medical education serving as the Pediatric Clerkship Director for ten years for the CDU Medical Student Clerkship. She has received several awards for her role in medical education including the CDU Excellence in Teaching Award, the Best Clerkship Director Award and the UCLA Award for Excellence in Medical Education.

As Interim Dean her priority is to create and implement a College of Medicine Strategic Plan that will strengthen and expand the CDU Medical Education Program, promote faculty research, reestablish graduate medical education programs and implement a multi-campus telemedicine initiative. Dr. Calmes advocates for increasing community partnerships, to further promote the CDU mission of improved health and social equity for all.