February 6, 2013

Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science Celebrates the Inauguration of President Dr. David M. Carlisle

South Los Angeles Health Professions School Inaugurates Former Director of the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development as 9th President

Los Angeles, Calif.- Board members, faculty, staff members, students, alumni and invited guests convened Wednesday, February 6, 2013 for the inauguration of Dr. David M. Carlisle as the 9th president of Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU). Carlisle addressed the audience with his forward vision for the University following the formal investiture conducted by the CDU Board Chairman Marvin O’ Quinn.

While Dr. Carlisle was named president of CDU in April 2011 and began his duties the following July, he has since been diligently working with staff and faculty to win victories in accreditation, secure financial standing and increase student applications and enrollment. In addition, he has been a strong supporter of the groundbreaking research by faculty and creating a collaborative dialogue with the surrounding community.

“We have accomplished many feats, but the work is not yet done, ” said Dr. Carlisle. “I look forward to continuing to support our students, foster academia and research, and engage with our community. Each and every one of us is part of the remarkable journey of CDU and we must maintain the courage of our founders as we forge a new future together.”

Prior to CDU, Dr. Carlisle served as director of the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development. Dr. Carlisle has long-term roots to Southern California and has years of voluntary service work.

“The inauguration is a time to celebrate Dr. Carlisle’s past victories and put an eye towards the future,” said newly appointed Board Chairman, Marvin O’Quinn.” Dr. Carlisle brings remarkable leadership skills and has placed the University on an upward trajectory.”

Read more about Dr. Carlisle HERE .

Dr. Carlisle is available for one-on-one media interviews. Please contact Jessica Gelzer, , 323-892-2080.


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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 performer” 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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