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Senior Fellows
Michael V. Drake
Chancellor, University of California, Irvine

Areas of Interest:

opthamology, glaucoma, medicine


Drake was appointed chancellor of the University of California, Irvine in July 2005. He served for five years as vice president for health affairs at the University of California's Office of the President, overseeing academic program policy at UC's 15 health sciences schools located on seven campuses. He directed the special research programs in tobacco, breast cancer and HIV/AIDS; co-chaired the California/Mexico Health Initiative; launched the PRIME (PRogram In Medical Education) initiatives; and founded the California Health Benefits Review Program. Before that, he spent more than two decades on the faculty of the UC San Francisco School of Medicine, ultimately becoming Steven P. Shearing Professor of Ophthalmology and senior associate dean. He has written scores of scholarly articles and chapters, and his fifth textbook was published in 2009.

Drake has received numerous honors and awards for teaching, public service and research, including the Burbridge Award for Public Service, Asbury Award (clinical science), Michael J. Hogan Award (laboratory science), UCSF School of Medicine Clinical Teaching Award, S.J. Kimura Teaching Award, UCSF School of Medicine Alumnus of the Year Award, and the Gold-Headed Cane Society Speaker's Cane. In addition, he received the Association of American Medical Colleges' Herbert W. Nickens Award, The California Wellness Foundation's Champion of Diversity Award and the inaugural Binational Health Pioneer Award at the 18th International HIV/AIDS Conference. He has served as trustee and president of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and as chair of the board of trustees of the Association of Academic Health Centers. He is a fellow of the Institute of Medicine and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.


Updated 07/13/12

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