Title: Professor Emeritus
Company: University of Southern California
Location: Pomona, California, United States
Robert E. Tranquada, MD, Professor Emeritus of the University of Southern California has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements and leadership in Medicine.
Dr. Tranquada has held the title of professor emeritus since 1997, transitioning from his role as the Norman Topping/National Medical Enterprises Professor of Medicine and Public Policy at the University of Southern California. He joined the USC faculty of medicine in 1959, where he served as Assistant Professor of Medicine. In 1966, he became Professor and Chair of the Department of Community Medicine and Public Health. In 1969, he became Medical Director of the Los Angeles County/University of Southern California Medical Center and in 1974 to 1976 as Regional Director of the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services. From 1976 to 1979, Dr. Tranquada became Professor of Medicine and Associate Dean of the University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine. From 1979 to 1986, he was Professor of Medicine, Chancellor and Dean of the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, returning as Dean of the USC School of Medicine from 1986 to 1991, followed by becoming Professor of Medicine and Public Policy at USC until his retirement in 1997.
Dr. Tranquada is a Fellow of the National Academy of Medicine since 1983, and a recipient of the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, and has appeared in the pages of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in the East, Who’s Who in the West and Who’s Who in the World.
Born to Ernest Alvro Tranquada and Katherine Tranquada in Los Angeles, Dr. Tranquada earned his BA, Summa Cum Laude from Pomona College in 1951 and his MD from Stanford University in 1955. He interned with the University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine where he served his residency as well. After a year of residency at the Los Angeles Veterans Administration Hospital, he joined UCLA as a fellow in diabetes and metabolic diseases. In later years, Dr. Tranquada was recognized for his service with honorary degrees from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Pomona College and the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science.
Dr. Tranquada is a diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine and continues to hold a seat on the board of directors of the Martin Luther King Community Hospital, the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation and the Huntington Medical Research Institutes. He is chairman emeritus of the board of trustees of Pomona College and is an emeritus member of the boards of the Claremont University Consortium and the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science in addition to numerous other roles he has held over the years. Dr. Tranquada’s work was supported by a fellowship from the Milbank Foundation from 1967 to 1972. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, Sigma Xi and Phi Beta Kappa, along with several medical and academic institutions. Dr. Tranquada was married to Janet Martin in 1951 and the couple has three children, John Martin, Katherine Anne and James Robert.
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