Healthcare in the United States faces significant challenges, such as a growing burden of disease, lack of access to healthcare and a shortage of healthcare professionals. These health disparities disproportionally affect underserved areas, such as the Inland Empire, the name given to the combined populations of San Bernardino and Riverside counties in Southern California. Additionally, the Inland Empire has a high incidence of asthma, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease, as well as serious psychological distress. In spite of these health disparities, the Inland Empire has one of the lowest availabilities of physicians, dentists, and other health care workers per capita within the entire state.

To help overcome these challenges, Prem Reddy, M.D. and Dev GnanaDev, M.D., announced their plans to establish the California University of Science and Medicine (CUSM). The announcement emphasized the community-oriented mission and vision for a new university. Dr. Reddy, founder of Prime Healthcare and the Prime Healthcare Foundation (PHF), believed that the establishment of a medical school could provide the greatest positive impact on healthcare for generations by addressing growing health disparities, disease burden and the national physician shortage. Dr. Reddy, through the PHF and his family foundation, has committed more than $60 million towards the establishment of CUSM and is the Founder and Chair of the CUSM Board of Trustees. The Prime Healthcare Foundation, based in the Inland Empire, is a not-for-profit charity and hospital system founded by Dr. Reddy with a mission to improve healthcare, provide educational opportunities and give back to underserved communities.

Dr. GnanaDev, a prominent surgeon and past President of the California Medical Association and past Medical Director of Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC), a 456-bed teaching hospital operated by the County of San Bernardino, shared a similar vision of establishing a medical school in the Inland Empire. “Our new school will have a lasting impact not only on the current shortage of physicians and limited medical school slots in our state, but also on the wellness of those in our community,” said Dr. GnanaDev, Founding President of CUSM.

Dr. Reddy, Dr. GnanaDev and other leaders defined the mission and vision of the university and prepared the chartering bylaws. In the spring of 2015 the arrival of Robert Suskind, M.D. marked a significant event for CUSM School of Medicine. As the school's Founding Dean, Dr. Suskind (now retired and Dean Emeritus) directed the recruitment of a group of qualified faculty and support staff and, through the leadership of Dr. Alfred Tenore, the school's Senior Associate Dean of Medical Education, the faculty defined an innovative curriculum leading to the MD degree, and developed standards and policies for admitting students, hiring faculty, and evaluating the program.

On December 1, 2015, the university and the County of San Bernardino (on behalf of Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, ARMC) signed a hospital affiliation agreement, making ARMC the primary teaching hospital for CUSM School of Medicine. The affiliation agreement is a testament to the support of the medical staff of ARMC and Dr. Richard Pitts, Medical Director of ARMC.

In 2016, CUSM received Western Association of Schools and Colleges eligibility and submitted an application to Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education. In February 2018, CUSM School of Medicine received preliminary accreditation from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) and welcomed its first class of medical students in July of 2018.

CUSM School of Medicine purchased nearly 30 acres of land adjacent to ARMC in Colton, CA. The site will be the future home of the state-of the-art University, designed by nationally recognized architects with input from Prime Healthcare Foundation and University leadership.

Dr. Prem Reddy
Prem Reddy, MD
Chairman of the Board

Dr. Dev GnanaDev
Dev GnanaDev, MD

Dr. Peter Eveland
Peter Eveland, EdD
Interim Dean

Dr. Robert Suskind
Robert Suskind, MD
Dean Emeritus