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June’s Alumni Spotlight goes to Dr. David M. Carlisle, NMF Distinguished Alumni Award recipient for the 2017 Los Angeles Champions of Health Awards! Continue reading below for his biography, and click here to buy tables and tickets for the Los Angeles Champions of Health Awards.

David M. Carlisle, MD, PhD
President and CEO
Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science

Dr. David M. Carlisle, President and CEO of Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU) has spent his professional life focused on caring for the underserved, promoting diversity in the health professions, and advancing systems change in an effort to address ongoing racial and ethnic disparities in health. Dr. Carlisle joined CDU in July 2011. Under his leadership, CDU strives to improve the health status of underserved and under-resourced communities through innovative biomedical research, and progressive health policies. 

 Dr. Carlisle is a published author in health policy, quality of care, medical education diversity, and eliminating health disparities. Dr. Carlisle advocated for greater diversity within the healthcare industry as his career developed. His clinical work now revolves around caring for the underserved. For many years Dr. Carlisle has served as a volunteer doctor at the Venice Family Clinic and is presently a member of its Foundation Board.

He is the immediate past Director of the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) where he served for eleven years under Governor Gray Davis, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Governor Jerry Brown.  Under his leadership, OSHPD released its first health disparities report; developed landmark legislation to develop a health workforce data collection, analysis and reporting clearinghouse; and increased scholarship and loan repayment opportunities for health providers committed to practice in underrepresented, under-resourced and underserved communities. 

Dr. Carlisle holds a faculty appointment as a Professor in the College of Medicine at CDU and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He has consulted for the RAND/UCLA Center for Health Policy Studies. In 2007, he became a senior fellow at UCLA’s School of Public Affairs.

 After graduating from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, in 1976, he earned his medical degree in 1981 from Brown University, his Master of Public Health degree in 1988 from UCLA, and his PhD in 1992 from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. Dr. Carlisle is a former Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar.