Former Molina CEO named founding dean of California medical school

The Keck Graduate Institute School of Medicine in Claremont, Calif., has named the former longtime CEO of Molina Healthcare its founding dean.

J. Mario Molina, MD, served as the CEO of Molina Healthcare, a managed care insurance company founded by his father, for 20 years. He was fired in 2017 by the board of directors who cited the company's disappointing financial performance. 

In his role as founding dean, Mr. Molina will be responsible for driving the vision, planning and development of the medical school. He started in his role on Aug. 21.

Mr. Molina said the process of opening the medical school will take several years, according to the Los Angeles Daily News.

Keck Graduate Institute announced plans to build a medical school in July 2018 to meet the increasing demand for primary care physicians in Southern California.

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