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

The College of Podiatric Medicine Lester J. Jones Dean’s Distinguished Lecture will feature Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU) President and CEO David M. Carlisle, MD, PhD. He will talk about “Sisyphus and the Sailboat – The Course Toward Universal Health Insurance in the U.S.”

The lecture, which is open to the public, begins at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 1, 2018 in Western University of Health Sciences’ Health Education Center, Lecture Hall 1, 701 E. Second St., Pomona, California 91766.

“The goal is to bring scholars to our institution that will expose students to areas of interest that will help them develop their expertise even further,” said College of Podiatric Medicine Interim Dean Lester J. Jones, DPM, MS Ed. “We are bringing the best and the brightest to further expose our students to that type of academic intellectualism.”

Carlisle has spent his professional life focused on caring for the underserved, promoting diversity in the health professions, and advancing systems changes in an effort to address ongoing racial and ethnic disparities in health. Committed to the CDU vision of “excellent health and wellness for all in a world without health disparities,” Carlisle continues to develop a diverse group of health professions leaders who seek social justice, promote wellness, and provide care with excellence and compassion in accordance with the CDU mission.

Carlisle is a published author in health policy, quality of care, medical education diversity, and eliminating health disparities. For many years, he has served as a volunteer doctor at the Venice Family Clinic, and is presently a member of its Foundation Board.

Jones said he and Carlisle have spoken about collaborations between WesternU and CDU, including the development of WesternU clinical programs in South Central Los Angeles and providing opportunities for CDU students to matriculate to WesternU.

“One vision I have is developing a pipeline where we educate and train prospective candidates from underserved areas to go back to serve their community,” Jones said. “This is an opportunity to provide the type of educational resource that would develop the next generation of health care practitioners. WesternU is a natural for being able to provide that type of resource.”

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