Trustees Emeriti

Robert Tranquada, MD

Dr. Tranquada graduated from Pomona College, summa cum laude, in 1951, received his M.D. degree from Stanford University School of Medicine in 1955, served as a Resident in Medicine from 1955-58 and as a Fellow in Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases in 1958-59 at UCLA Medical Center and as Fellow in Diabetes at the USC School of Medicine from 1959-60. . He served as Assistant Professor to Professor of Medicine at the USC School of Medicine from 1959-1969 and as Chair of the Department of Community Medicine and Public Health from 1966-69. He was Associate Dean from 1969 to 76, Medical Director of the Los Angeles County/USC Medical Center from 1969-74 and Regional Director of the County of Los Angeles Department of Health Services from 1974-76. From 1976-79 he was Associate Dean of the UCLA School of Medicine and from 1979-1986 he served as Chancellor and Dean of the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. In 1986 he returned to USC as Dean of the School of Medicine until 1991. From 1991-97 he held an endowed chair in Health Policy and chaired the Health Administration program in the then School of Public Administration. He is now Professor Emeritus of Medicine and Public Policy at the University of Southern California.

He established and directed the Watts Health Center from 1965-68 (now the Watts Healthcare Corporation). He was a member of the Christopher Commission (The Independent Commission on the Los Angeles Police Department) in 1991, and chaired the Los Angeles County Task Force on Health Care Access from 1992 to 1993.

He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He served as Chairman of the Board of Overseers of the Claremont University Consortium (The Claremont Colleges) from 2000-2006, member of the Board of Governors of LA Care Health Plan from 1995-2007 and chair from 2001-2004, a Member of the Board of Directors of the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, of the Good Hope Medical Foundation, and of the Community Health Councils Project from 1994-2012. He also serves on the board of directors of the Huntington Medical Research Institutes and Mount San Antonio Gardens. He is chairman emeritus of the Board of Trustees of Pomona College and emeritus trustee of the Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences. He is a member of the Board of the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital. He received an honorary Sc.D. from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 1988 and from Pomona College in 2007. He received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science in 2015.

He is the author of over 60 published scientific and educational papers and book chapters.