Robert Tranquada, MD
Emeritus Professor, University of Southern California
Robert Tranquada, MD, is an emeritus professor at the University of Southern
California (USC) in Los Angeles. Dr. Tranquada helped found the Watts
In 1969 he was appointed associate dean of USC School of Medicine and was
influential in developing and strengthening educational components of
the Charles R. Drew Postgraduate Medical School, now Charles R. Drew University
of Medicine and Science.
He served as the Norman Topping/National Medical Enterprises Professor
of Medicine and Public Policy from 1992 until his retirement in June 1997.
An internist with prior faculty experience in hospital and health care
administration and academic medical administration, his management responsibilities
included service as chairman of the USC Department of Community Medicine
and Public Health (1966-69), associate dean of the USC School of Medicine
and Medical Director of the Los Angeles County/USC Medical Center (1969-74),
regional director of Los Angeles County Department of Health Services
(1974-76), associate dean of UCLA School of Medicine (1976-79), chancellor
and dean of the University of Massachusetts Medical Center (1979-86) and
dean of USC School of Medicine (1986-91).
Dr. Tranquada is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National
Academy of Sciences. He serves on several boards, including Ralph M. Parsons
Foundation, Good Hope Medical Foundation, Huntington Medical Research
Institutes and St. San Antonio Gardens. In addition he is an emeritus
board member at Pomona College, the Keck Graduate Institute of Applied
Life Science, National Medical Fellowships, Inc. and the Local Initiative
Health Authority for Los Angeles County. He was a member of the Christopher
Commission on the Los Angeles Police Department and chaired the Los Angeles
County Task Force on Health Care Access.
Dr. Tranquada graduated summa cum laude from Pomona College in 1951. He
earned his medical degree from Stanford University School of Medicine in 1955.