The Accelerating Excellence In Translational Science (AXIS)Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science

   David Martins, M.D., M.Sc. 
Location: 1748 E. 118th St., LSRNE Bldg. CTRC Rm. N165, Los Angeles, CA 90059 
Phone: (323) 568-3353 
Fax: (323) 563-5872 

Dr. David Martins is a graduate of the University College Hospital in Ibadan, Nigeria. He completed his Residency training in Internal Medicine at Charles Drew University and obtained a Master of Science degree in Clinical Research from the Department of Biomathematics in UCLA.

Dr. Martins is a Clinical Hypertension Specialist and a graduate of the Healthcare Leadership Fellowship of the Center for Health Professions in UCSF. He was the Medical Director of T.H.E. (To Help Everyone) Clinic for about 10 years and continues to see patients with hypertension at the Clinic.

He is a Clinical Researcher and has participated as a Principal Investigator and a Co-Investigator in several National landmark studies on Hypertension and Kidney Disease. He has published a significant number of articles on hypertension in many peer-reviewed medical journals and has contributed on several book chapters on hypertension to many professional textbooks in Medicine.

Dr. David Martins is currently an Associate Professor and the Director of the Community Engagement Core at Charles R. Drew University. He has also been a past recipient of the Best Teaching Resident and the Best Clinician Awards from Charles R. Drew University.


   Loretta Jones, Th.D., M.A. 
Location: 4305 Degnan Blvd., Ste. 105, Los Angeles, CA 90008 
Phone: (323) 292-2002 
Fax: (323)-292-6121 

Ms. Jones is the community liaison between CDU research studies and the community and brings her experience as the Founder and Executive Director of Healthy African American Families to provide community expertise and guidance to the Community Engagement function. She provides a link to the lay community, performing public relations activities, campaigning in the community to stimulate involvement in clinical and translational research projects, advocating for human subjects policies, nurturing a healthy relationship with the community, and facilitating meetings between academia and the community. Ms. Jones also ensures that community needs and concerns are introduced to CDU academia and addressed in a culturally sensitive and timely manner.


   Cynthia Gonzalez, M.P.H., Ph.D. 
Assistant Director 
Location: 1748 East 118th Street, N147, Los Angeles, CA 90059 
Phone: (323) 249-5713 

Dr. Cynthia Gonzalez is the daughter of Mexican parents. She was born and raised in Watts where she developed interests in health behavior research through an internship at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU). Since then, she has worked at CDU as a student intern, research assistant, and program and research coordinator. In all of her positions, Dr. Gonzalez worked on community-based research projects examining chronic health conditions in neighborhoods like South LA/Watts and coordinating research training programs for youth from the same area. She is currently the Assistant Professor in the College of Science and Health MPH Program in Urban Health and Assistant Director in the Division of Community Engagement at CDU. She has over 15 years of experience in health-related research and youth programs. Dr. Gonzalez attended UCLA where she majored in Chicana/o Studies with a minor in public health. She completed her MPH at USC in Epidemiology and Biostatistics and completed her PhD in Social and Cultural Anthropology at a small private school in San Francisco. She looks forward to contributing to addressing health disparities through place-based initiatives that improve the quality of life for South LA/Watts residents using community-focused approaches.


   Melanie Rodriguez 
Program Coordinator 
Location: 1748 E. 118th St. N147, Los Angeles, CA 90059 
Phone: (323) 249-5704 

Ms. Rodriguez provides programmatic and operational support to the Community Engagement function and is responsible for identifying resources and administrative steps needed for project completion. She assists the function directors and project coordinators in developing community project plans and related activities in consultation with appropriate participants. Ms. Rodriguez initiates projects and coordinates steps to ensure the participation of appropriate interested individuals and groups within the community. She also contacts appropriate participants such as various CDU internal units, state agencies, other public jurisdictions, private businesses and organizations within service planning area 6, special interest groups, local community representatives, and key community stakeholders regarding news, notices and reminders.


   Andrea Jones 
Project Specialist 
Location: 4305 Degnan Blvd., Ste. 105, Los Angeles, CA 90008 
Phone: (323) 292-2002 
Fax: (323)-292-6121 

Ms. Jones is responsible for working in and with the community. She assists in the dissemination of key information and materials and recruitment of participants for potential and future community research studies through the use of flyers placed in partner agencies. She also contacts local movie theatres on a quarterly basis to request screen time between movies for public service announcements on upcoming Community Engagement events and activities. She represents local community agencies in meetings, administrative hearings and other situations that deal with affected and interested individuals and groups concerning human policy and advocacy.


   Nadia Aibani 
Community Worker 
Location: 1748 E. 118th Street Rm N159, Los Angeles,CA 90059 
Phone: (323) 568-3395 


   Cynthia Davis 
Community Faculty Mentor 
Location: 1731 E. 120th St., Los Angeles, CA 90059