Keynote Speaker
David M. Carlisle, MD, PhD

Serving since 2011 as President and Chief Executive Officer of Charles R. Drew University of Medicine (CDU) and Science in the Watts-Willowbrook area of Los Angeles County, Dr. Carlisle is a published author in health policy, quality of care, medical education diversity, and eliminating health disparities. A board-certified internal medicine specialist, his clinical work has always revolved around caring for the underserved.

President Carlisle graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Wesleyan University, majoring in chemistry. He then earned a medical degree from Brown University, then a Master of Public Health degree and a PhD in Health Services Research from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.  He completed a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program fellowship at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA in 1990.

Dr. Carlisle has been affiliated with the UCLA Department of Medicine for 31 years, becoming a tenured associate professor in 1998. He is presently a professor of medicine and public health at CDU and an adjunct professor of medicine at UCLA.

President Carlisle served as Director of the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development for 11 years (2000-11) under governors Gray Davis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Jerry Brown. Under his leadership, OSHPD released its first-ever health disparities reports, increased scholarship and loan repayment opportunities for health providers committed to practicing in underrepresented, under-resourced and underserved communities, and successfully administered hospital seismic safety and health facility loan insurance programs.

In 2007, Dr. Carlisle became a senior fellow at UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs and presently is a member of the Advisory Council of the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. In 2018, he was appointed to the California Future Health Workforce Commission and to the Board of Trustees for the California Health Care Foundation. He also is a member of the Futuro Health Community Board, and served as a founding member of the BioscienceLA Board.

Dr. Carlisle has lived in Los Angeles and Sacramento for almost 40 years. He is married to Dr. Sylvia Carlisle. They have two children, David and Aimee, both defense attorneys.