Michael V. Drake, M.D.
Michael Drake was appointed chancellor of the University of California, Irvine in July 2005. Since becoming chancellor, he has led the launch of new programs in public health, pharmaceutical sciences, nursing science and the first new public law school in California in more than 40 years. Prior to Chancellor Drake’s arrival at UCI, he served for five years as vice president for health affairs at the University of California’s Office of the President, overseeing academic program policy at UC’s 15 health sciences schools located on seven campuses. Before that, he spent more than two decades on the faculty of the UC San Francisco School of Medicine, ultimately becoming Steven P. Shearing Professor of Ophthalmology and senior associate dean. He directed the Special Research Programs in tobacco, breast cancer, and HIV/AIDS; was co-chair of the California/Mexico Health Initiative; and launched the PRIME (PRograms In Medical Education) initiatives to train physicians to serve the needs of underserved populations statewide.
Before that, Dr. Drake spent over two decades on the faculty of the UCSF School of Medicine, ultimately becoming Steven P. Shearing Professor of Ophthalmology and Senior Associate Dean. He served as an administrative leader, physician-scientist and teacher, conducting clinical research on glaucoma and maintaining an active referral practice. He has written dozens of scholarly articles and chapters, and co-authored five textbooks.
Dr. Drake has received numerous honors and awards for teaching, public service, and research including the Asbury Award (1978), the Michael J. Hogan Award (1979), UCSF SOM Clinical Teaching Award (1995), S.J. Kimura Teaching Award (1998), the UCSF School of Medicine Alumnus of the Year Award (2000), and the Gold-Headed Cane Society Speaker’s Cane (2003). He is a three-time commencement speaker for the UCSF SOM and has delivered the E.H. Goodner Memorial Lecture twice. In addition, he received the AAMC’s Herbert W. Nickens Award (2004), The California Wellness Foundation Champion of Diversity Award (2007) and the inaugural Bi-national Health Pioneer Award at the 18th International HIV/AIDS Conference (2008). He has served as vice president of the F.C. Cordes Society (1979), as national president of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society (2002-2005), and as Chair of the Board of the Association of Academic Health Centers (2006-2007). He is a fellow of the Institute of Medicine (1998) and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2007). Dr. Drake is an alumnus of Stanford University (A.B.) and UCSF (M.D.)