March 28, 2014  

Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science to Host the 2nd Annual Legacy Leaders Spring Gala April 24

Gus Gill, MD, Past Chairman of Otolaryngology at the University and Current Senior Advisor to the President to be Honored

LOS ANGELES--Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU) Legacy Leaders Spring Gala will honor individuals – “legends” – whose life and work embodies CDU’s legacy of service through education, patient care and research. Proceeds from the event will contribute to the University’s one-of-kind pipeline program, Saturday Science Academy II, and towards training future health providers that are as diverse as California’s population. 

This year the CDU Legacy Leaders Spring Gala will honor Dr. Gus Gill, former Chairman of Otolaryngology at the University and current Senior Advisor to the President He is a Board Certified Otolaryngologist – head and neck surgeon – and was the Chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology at CDU from 1978 until November 2006. Through his work with Drew Cares International, he has traveled the world and brought doctors to this country from places like Surinam and Cameroon. These young people have gone on to have viable medical careers and in turn, empower individuals from their own communities. 

“The Legacy Leaders Spring Gala gives us a chance once a year to recognize the people that made the University what it is today. These people believe the University is a beacon of hope and have allowed us to create an institution that serves the community with excellence and compassion, “ said Dr. David M. Carlisle, President and CEO of CDU. “Dr. Gill has been an ambassador for the University, training some of the best and brightest physicians in the country and inspiring young people from across the globe to make a difference in the health field.”

The signature University event will be a one-of-a kind evening with live gospel music. Hosted at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, over 300 CDU friends and alumni will gather to recognize a legend and raise funds to support CDU students, as well as, CDU academic and pipeline programs.

For sponsorship or ticket information, please call (323) 357-3669 or purchase online at


For more information, please contact:

Jessica Gelzer
323-892-2080 OR 818-399-4088




About Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
CDU is a private, nonprofit, nonsectarian, minority-serving medical and health sciences institution. Located in the Watts-Willowbrook area of South Los Angeles, CDU has graduated more than 550 medical doctors, 2,500 post-graduate physicians, more than 2,000 physician assistants and hundreds of other health professionals. The only dually designated Historically Black Graduate Institution and Hispanic Serving Health Professions School in the U.S., CDU is recognized as a leader in translational and health inequities research, specifically with respect to heart disease, diabetes, cancer, mental health, and HIV/AIDS. Recently, the CDU/UCLA medical program was named the best performaer in the University of California System with respect to producing outstanding underrepresented minority physicians by the Greenlining Institute. For more information, visit


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