Message from the President

Dr. Dev GnanaDev

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the California University of Science and Medicine School of Medicine (CUSM-SOM). Several years ago, I realized that, because of the very limited number of medical school slots in California, many highly qualified California medical school students were being forced to enroll outside of their home state. This was the light bulb moment that spurred me to start creating a medical school in the city of Colton in Southern California, a community that has been so good to me during my more than 35 years as a surgeon here.

Today, we stand poised to realize the dream to start a private, not-for-profit medical school as we move closer to accreditation and our first class of medical school students. Our goals and objectives are many, including educating minority California students, including those who are underrepresented (Latino, African American and Native American) in the Inland Empire and recruit these individuals to practice medicine in their communities. We feel strongly that CUSM 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 health and wellness of those in our community who are battling numerous chronic diseases and other health-related issues.

My goals for CUSM don't end with creation of a medical school. In addition, I have a goal to develop CUSM into a premier bioengineering university focusing on genomics, proteomics, nanomics, immunotherapeutics, bioinformatics and medical robotics. I feel strongly that the future of medicine is tied to the advances in these fields.

It is my hope that we continue to gain the support of the local community, including businesses, educational institutions and governments, to ensure that this very important endeavor is successful.

Dr. Dev A. GnanaDev