For Immediate Release         December 10, 2009  


A Special Celebration Honoring Our Past Presidents and Lifetime Members

When it comes to HIV/AIDS in the African American community, Dr. Wilbert C. Jordan has a message worth hearing.

Nearly three decades ago, Dr.  Jordan began treating medical cases that were later be diagnosed as AIDS.  In 1983, he reported the first heterosexual case of AIDS in Los Angeles County. The next year he started the AIDS Clinic at King-Drew Medical Center, now known as the OASIS Clinic. And over the years, he has seen and treated more than 3,000 patients.

Dr. Jordan is a guest speaker at a holiday celebration on Thursday at Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science, where he will share his thoughts on a subject that has been dear to him for decades: “Improving the Use of Antiretroviral Therapy in Minority Populations.”

“We spend a lot of time on programs that help people living with HIV and AIDS, but we need to focus more on what we can do to keep people HIV-negative,” he said recently. “It’s up to the private sector and leaders in our community to do that.”

Dr. Jordan, a leading researcher on HIV/AIDS in the African American community, will begin his presentation tonight at about 7:30 p.m. in the W. Montague Cobb Building, addressing an audience of physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, pharmacists, and CDU faculty and alumni. Before the presentation, there will be a social gathering at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m.

The event is sponsored by the Charles R. Drew Medical Society and the National Minority AIDS Education & Training Center. Attendees are encouraged to bring unwrapped toys for community children.

Dr. Jordan’s career at Charles Drew began in 1978 when he joined the Martin Luther King, Jr. Hospital and Charles R. Drew Medical Center as director of the office of Utilization Review.  Over the years, he served as interim chair of the Department of Community Medicine; Charles R. Drew Postgraduate and Public Health chief of the South Area; associate dean for Postgraduate Education for the Charles R. Drew University and director of the Office of Postgraduate Medical Education for the Martin Luther King Jr. Hospital.

In 1984, Dr. Jordan started the AIDS Clinic at King-Drew Medical Center, now known as the Oasis Clinic, which has expanded over the years to include satellite clinics and a full service five-day-a-week clinic at the Medical Center.

In recognition of his work with HIV/AIDS, Dr. Jordan has been honored by the Charles R. Drew Medical Society, the Los Angeles Sentinel, the Student National Medical Association and others. For his work in HIV, Dr. Jordan was named “Doctor of the Year” three times by the Drew Medical Society.  In 2002, he was the first recipient of the B.E.T Community Service Pioneers Award. He has served as medical director for the Minority AIDS Project since its creation and has chaired the Black Los Angeles AIDS Consortium for the last 12 years.

In 1991, Dr. Jordan was part of the NMA/NIH/FDA Committee that formulated the design of the NIH sponsored DATRI Study on low dose oral alpha interferon. He has been a member of the Immunology panel of the FDA and chaired the Infectious Disease/AIDS Section for the NMA’s National Conference.  He chaired the Los Angeles County Commission on HIV & AIDS, 1993-1995 and has served on the Los Angeles County HIV Planning Council and the Prevention and Planning Committee since their inceptions.

Wilbert C. Jordan graduated from Horace Mann Senior High School in Little Rock in 1961. He graduated from Harvard College in 1966 and received his M.D. in 1971 from Case Western Reserve University.

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