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 Norma Topping/Natural Medical Enterprises Professor of Medicine at the University of Southern California. He served Los Angeles County and Southern California as a medical director for 16 years before focusing on higher education, though he returned to practice from 1992 to 1994 as chair of the Task Force on Health Care Access in Los Angeles County. Dr. Tranquada is 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 and Katharine Tranquada, in Los Angeles, Dr. Tranquada initially studied with Pomona College, and earned an MD from Stanford University in 1955. He interned with the University of California, Los Angeles, at the David Geffen School of Medicine, where he served his residency as well. After a residency with the Veterans Affairs Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, he rejoined 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, which presented him with both a DSc and a LHD. Notably, Dr. Tranquada worked with the Department of Health Services in Los Angeles County in various public health respects, and has served in administrative roles for both the University of Southern California and the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
Dr. Tranquada is a diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine, and continues to hold a seat on the board of directors for the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital, the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, and the Huntington Medical Research Institutes. He is a chairman emeritus of the board of overseers of the Claremont University Consortium and the board of trusteers of Pomona College, in addition to numerous roles he has held over the years. Dr. Tranquada’s work was supported by a fellowship with 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 Kappa Phi, along with several medical and academic institutions. Dr. Tranquada is married to Janet Martin, and the couple has three children, John Martin, Katherine Anne, and James Robert.
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