THE C. DAVID MOLINA, M.D., M.P.H. CHAIR IN MEDICINE
Established in 2014

Dr. Joseph “Mario” Molina is President and Chief Executive Officer of Molina Healthcare and Chairman of the Board. His father, Dr. C. David Molina, founded the company in 1980 to address the special needs of low-income patients. After his father’s death in 1996, Dr. Molina assumed leadership of Molina Healthcare, keeping alive the tradition of its commitment to physician management.

Dr. Molina received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from California State University, Long Beach where he was elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa. He attended medical school at University of Southern California where he was elected to membership in Alpha Omega Alpha and Sigma Xi. His mentor at USC was Dr. Loren Lipson, a graduate from Johns Hopkins University, who also completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. He credits Dr. Lipson for having the greatest impact on his career in medicine, after his father. Dr. Molina also performed his internship and residency in internal medicine at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. At Johns Hopkins, Dr. Molina was a member of the Thayer firm, located in the Osler building. He then spent four years at the University of California, San Diego and the San Diego Veterans Affairs Medical Center as a fellow in Endocrinology and Metabolism. After his fellowship, he received an appointment as an Assistant Professor of Medicine at USC. He also received a certificate in management from the Anderson School of Business at UCLA.

Dr. Molina joined Molina Healthcare in 1991. He became Chairman and Chief Executive Officer in 1996. Under Dr. Molina’s direction the company has grown from $100 million in revenue in 1996 to $6.6 billion in 2013. He led the company through a successful initial public offering in 2003. Molina Healthcare is a publicly-traded company listed on the New York Stock Exchange and a member of the FORTUNE 500. The company serves more than 2.1 million Medicaid and Medicare members in 11 states.

In 2005, Dr. Molina was featured in Time magazine as one of the 25 most influential Hispanics in America. In 2013, he received an honorary doctorate from Claremont Graduate University.

Dr. Molina is a member of the boards of the California Medical Association Foundation, Homeboy Industries, America’s Health Insurance Plans and the Aquarium of the Pacific. He is also a trustee of Johns Hopkins Medicine and served on the Visiting Committee for the Harvard Medical School and the Harvard Dental School.

Dr. Molina is interested in the history of medicine and a member of the American Osler Society and serves on its Board of Directors. He collects books related to the history of medicine and anatomy. He is a member of the Grolier Club of New York and the Zamorano Club. He is an Overseer of the Huntington Library, and he is a curator of the Osler Library at McGill University.

Dr. Molina has been married to his wife Therese for nearly 25 years and they currently reside in South Pasadena. They have five children—Carley, Colleen, David, Mary Clare, and Kevyn.

 

C. David Molina, M.D., M.P.H. was born September 7, 1926, the only son of Conrad and Josephine Molina. He grew up in Yuma, Arizona until he came to California for college. He attended San Diego State College, where he met his wife, Mary, and they graduated together in 1951. He taught sixth, seventh, and eighth grades at Yuma Indian School. Later, he also taught at Mark Twain Elementary School in Long Beach before attending medical school.

Dr. Molina received his medical degree from the California College of Medicine (the precursor to the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine). He opened a private internal medicine practice following a preceptorship at St. Mary Medical Center in Long Beach. In 1962, Dr. Molina developed Long Beach’s first Intensive Care Unit at Pacific Hospital. He remained as the director of ICU until 1976. He maintained an interest in critical care and became a fellow of the American College of Angiology. Soon after, Dr. Molina became the director of the emergency department at Pacific Hospital, a position he held for 21 years. He was also a founding member in the California chapter of the American College of Emergency Medicine. In addition, Dr. Molina received a grant to develop Long Beach’s mobile emergency medical care system and trained the first firefighter paramedic teams for the City of Long Beach in 1971.

Seeing changes on the horizon, Dr. Molina enrolled in the Master of Public Health program at UCLA in 1969 and received his MPH with an emphasis in medical administration in 1970. Dr. Molina’s first experience with managed care came when he became a consultant with General Medical Centers Health Plan in Pomona, where he worked for six years in the areas of HMO organization and administration.

In 1985, Dr. Molina created Molina Medical Centers and received a contract with the Department of Health Services under the new Primary Care Case Management (PCCM) program. Within five years, Molina Medical Centers became the largest PCCM contractor in the state, with 12 staff-model offices and 10,000 members. Molina Medical Centers received its Knox-Keene license in 1994—becoming the first PCCM in 10 years to make the transition from partial risk to full-risk contractor. Under his tenure as president and CEO, Molina Medical Centers grew to more than 105,000 members. Molina’s provider network included 29 staff-model offices with an additional 8,000 providers in eight counties. In 1995, Molina Medical Centers was awarded the Mainstream Medi-Cal contracts for both Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

Dr. Molina passed away on December 8, 1996. At the time, he and his wife had been married for more than 40 years. Mary passed away November of 2012. They are both survived by their two adult sons and three daughters—Mario, John, Martha, Janet, and Josephine, as well as their spouses and children.

For nearly 35 years, Dr. Molina was a health care leader in California. His career reflects the innovations that have characterized the changes in health care and his legacy remains through his children and the organization he founded—Molina Healthcare, Inc., a now publicly-traded, FORTUNE 500 company.

 

Dr. Lawrence J. Appel is the Director of the Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology and Clinical Research, a joint program of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Appel holds a primary appointment as Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine with joint appointments in Epidemiology and International Health.

Dr. Appel received his A.B. degree from Dartmouth College in 1977 and his M.D. from the NYU School of Medicine in 1981. He then trained at Baltimore City Hospital in the Primary Care track of its Internal Medicine Residency program; he also served as Chief Resident. In 1989, he completed an Internal Medicine Fellowship at Hopkins, obtained an M.P.H. degree, and joined the Hopkins faculty as a clinical investigator conducting patient centered research and practicing general internal medicine.

The focus of Dr. Appel’s investigative career is the conduct of clinical and epidemiologic research pertaining to the prevention and control of elevated blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, and kidney disease. He has three main lines of research: • controlled feeding trials, which identify optimal diet; • behavioral intervention trials, which test novel strategies to accomplish lifestyle change, often focused on obesity; and • trials and observational studies, which identify risk factors for the progression of kidney disease.

He has conducted more than 50 studies and published more than 300 papers. Many of his research findings have had a substantial influence on health care policy. Dr. Appel is actively involved in shaping health care policy. He was a member of the 2005 and 2010 U.S. Dietary Guidelines Scientific Advisory Committees. For the American Heart Association, he has served on numerous committees, including its influential Nutrition Committee, which he chaired. He has also served on several Institute of Medicine Committees and chaired the committee that set dietary reference intakes for sodium, potassium, and water.

During his career, Dr. Appel has received numerous awards, including the Rathbun Award for clinical excellence; the David M. Levine Award for excellence in mentoring; the National Award for Career Achievement and Contribution to Clinical and Translational Science; and the Best Research Paper of the Year, from the Society of General Internal Medicine. In 2012, he was elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine.

Dr. Appel is blessed to have a supportive, loving family – his wife of 32 years, Jean Marie Ricketts; his three children, Christopher, Laura, and Katherine; and his parents, Dr. John F. and Irma G. Appel, both deceased. He also benefited from superb clinical, research, and professional mentors at Hopkins. Dr. Appel is fortunate to work in incredibly stimulating, highly productive units – ProHealth, a pre-eminent field center, and the Welch Center, a unique academic unit with more than 30 faculty and 150 trainees.