October 2, 2012  

Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science President Dr. David M. Carlisle Delivers His First State of the University

South Los Angeles Health Professions School Outlined their Story of Survival and Contribution to Health Care Reform in California

Los Angeles, Calif.- Addressing the recent successes and legacy of the University, President Dr. David M. Carlisle delivered his first State of the University this morning (October 2, 2012) to local leaders, students, alumni, faculty, staff and community members.

Having served Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU) for over a year, Dr. Carlisle candidly discussed the past, while outlining recent institutional advancements and promising direction of the University.

“There was a time that our future was anything but guaranteed,” said Carlisle. “Those days are behind us.”

Carlisle extolled the cutting-edge research by faculty, the individual successes of the University’s individual’s schools and the accomplishments of students and alumni.

In his address, Carlisle also outlined several significant achievements, including:

  • Reaccreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
  • New accreditation granted by the Council on Education for Public Health and the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission for our Urban Public Health Program and the Mervyn M. Dymally School of Nursing, respectively.
  • A 60 % increase in student applicants over the previous year.
  • Creation of the President’s Community Advisory Council to provide a forum for collaborative dialogue with the community.
  • Last summer’s graduation of the largest class ever without the residency programs.
  • Last spring’s successful match day with a high percentage of matches in primary care.

As a premier medical and health sciences institution located in South Los Angeles, CDU trains health providers who are committed to meet the needs of the underserved. With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the state will see an increased number of insured individuals, coupled with health professional shortages. CDU will fill this void by training health professionals dedicated to transforming the health of communities who need it most.

“While the state plans for the implementation of health care reform, it will be the hidden gems, such as Charles R. Drew University, that we can rely on to train diverse and committed health care professionals,” said Dr. Robert K. Ross, President and CEO of The California Endowment, a generous granter to the University. “It is the graduates and faculty of this University who will ensure every Californian has access to quality, affordable care.”

The date of the address coincides with the 39-year anniversary of Senate Bill 1026, which was enacted to allocate state support for CDU. Former Senator Dr. Mervyn Dymally, authored the bill and is one of the institution’s greatest patrons.

“We are […] a health professions university that was founded on the principle that communities like this one—that every community in this nation—deserves access to quality health care and excellent clinicians,” said Carlisle.

Read Dr. Carlisle’s full State of the University here:


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 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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