Michael V. Drake, M.D., was appointed chancellor of the University of California, Irvine in July 2005.
Since becoming chancellor, Drake has led the launch of new programs in public health, pharmaceutical sciences, nursing science and the first new public law school in California in more than 40 years. Under his leadership, the campus has added more than 2.5 million square feet of new space, including the 500,000-square-foot UC Irvine Douglas Hospital and the 275,000-square-foot Student Center, both delivered on time and under budget. The campus currently receives more than 50,000 undergraduate applications each year; the median GPA of the 2009 freshman class is 4.0.
Prior to Chancellor Drake’s arrival at UCI, 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 to train physicians to serve the needs of underserved populations statewide; and served with 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 served as an administrative leader, physician-scientist and teacher, conducting clinical research on glaucoma and maintaining an active referral practice. He has written dozens of scholarly articles and chapters, and co-authored five textbooks.
Chancellor 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 and The California Wellness Foundation’s Champion of Diversity Award. Most recently, he was awarded 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. He is an alumnus of Stanford University (A.B.) and UC San Francisco (M.D.).
Chancellor Drake and his wife, Brenda, live in Irvine. They have two grown sons.