Clarke University is pleased to announce that this year’s 12th Annual Mackin-Mailander Lecture Series will feature a lecture by celebrity health and wellness expert Dr. Drew Pinsky, who will tackle the issue of addiction. The lecture will be held on Saturday, October 24, in Clarke’s Robert and Ruth Kehl Center on the Clarke campus. More information about ticket sales for the lecture will be available in the coming weeks.
Millions know him as the host of the nationally syndicated radio call-in program “Loveline” and star of the VH1 show “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew.” But Pinsky is much more than just a television star – he is a practicing medical doctor and is board-certified in addiction medicine.
He is currently the medical director for the department of chemical dependency services at Las Encinas Hospital, a world-renowned psychiatric facility known for treating celebrity patients. He is also a staff member at Huntington Memorial Hospital, continues to run a private practice and is assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at the Keck USC School of Medicine.
Frequently called on by the national news media for his expert opinions, Dr. Drew is a regular on major news programs such as NBC’s “Today” show, ABC’s “The View,” “Good Morning America,” “Dateline,” and more. He has been on every major news network and has appeared on “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” He has also been profiled in Time, Newsweek, US News and World Report, Premiere Magazine and others.
Never one to rest, Dr. Drew spends his weekends speaking at College campuses across the country. He has spoken to the student body at Princeton, Stanford, John Hopkins, College of Southern California, Georgetown, Kent State, The College of Pennsylvania, Vanderbilt, Northwestern and many, many others.
After receiving his undergraduate degree from Amherst College and his MD from the College of Southern California, School of Medicine, Dr. Drew continued with USC for his residency. He then became chief resident at Huntington Hospital in Pasadena. His membership and activities in professional societies include the American College of Physicians, the American Medical Association, the American Society of Addiction Medicine, the California Medical Association and the American Society of Internal Medicine.
In August 2003, Dr. Drew released a book entitled “Cracked: Putting Broken Lives Together Again” and in 2004 released “When Painkillers Become Dangerous.”
In 2006, Dr. Drew co-authored the first academic study on celebrities and narcissism with USC professor Dr. S. Mark Young. The study was published in the “Journal of Research in Personality” and is the first systematic, empirical scholarly study of celebrity personality. It was based on a standardized test of narcissistic personality traits administered to 200 celebrities.
The Mackin-Mailander Lecture Series was established in the spring of 1997 after Clarke received gifts from two alums, Mary Mackin ’34 and Verna Slattery-Mailander ’20, to establish an endowed lecture series. The annual series consists of three lectures, including a prominent outside speaker, a faculty lecture and an alum lecture.