Keck School History
Advancing medical education since 1885
The Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California was established in 1885 as the region’s first medical school and the second professional school founded at USC.
Deans of the Keck School of Medicine of USC
Keck School of Medicine of USC (1999 – Present)
2016 – Present Rohit Varma, MD, MPH
2007 – 2016 Carmen A. Puliafito, MD, MBA
2004 – 2007 Brian E. Henderson, MD
1999 – 2004 Stephen J. Ryan, MD
USC School of Medicine (1928 – 1999)
1991 – 1999 Stephen J. Ryan, MD
1986 – 1991 Robert E. Tranquada, MD
1985 – 1986 Joseph P. Van Der Meulen, MD, PhD
1974 – 1985 Allen. W. Mathies, MD, PhD
1969 – 1974 Franz Bauer, MD
1964 – 1969 Roger O. Egeberg, MD
1958 – 1964 Clayton G. Loosli, MD, PhD
1956 – 1958 Chairman, Thomas H. Brem, MD
1953 – 1956 Gordon E. Goodhart, MD
1943 – 1953 Burrell O. Raulston, MD
1942 – 1943 Seeley G. Mudd, MD
1931 – 1941 Paul S. McKibben, PhD
1928 – 1931 William D. Cutter, MD
The College of Physicians and Surgeons, Medical Department of the USC (1909 – 1920)
1909 – 1920 Charles W. Bryson, MD
The College of Medicine of the USC (1885 – 1909)
1907 – 1909 W. Jarvis Barlow, MD
1906 – 1907 William D. Babcock, MD
1903 – 1906 Walter F. Lindley, MD
1902 – 1903 J. W. McBride, MD
1896 – 1902 Henry G. Brainerd, MD
1885 – 1896 Joseph P. Widney, MD
Keck School of Medicine Historical Timeline | 1880 to Present
The USC medical school enters into a formal affiliation with the Los Angeles County Hospital and Poor Farm, which had been founded in 1878.
H.G. Brainerd, MD, becomes dean.
USC seeks a new affiliation and the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Medical Department of the University of Southern California is open for Fall term.
Los Angeles County opens a new modern county hospital on State Street (what is today the Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center).
Daniel C. Pease, assistant professor of anatomy, and Richard F. Baker, assistant professor of experimental medicine, take the world’s first photograph of genes with an electron microscope
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors vote to change the name of the County Hospital to the Los Angeles County+University of Southern California Medical Center.
The 5P21 HIV/AIDS Clinic opens at the dawning of the AIDS epidemic, quickly becoming a national model for AIDS care.
USC ophthalmology researchers receive $6 million from the National Eye Institute for a landmark study of eye health in the Los Angeles Latino community.
Keck School surgeons Rick Selby, MD, and Nicholas Jabbour, MD, perform the first living-related “bloodless” liver transplant.
USC acquires two hospitals, USC Norris Cancer Hospital and USC University Hospital, from Tenet Healthcare Corp., creating a new USC academic medical center.
The School jumps five places, from 39th to 34th in the U.S. New & World Report magazine rankings of best medical schools in the nation.
In recognition of the Keck Foundation gift, USC’s academic medical enterprise was named Keck Medicine of USC in perpetuity. It comprises the Keck School of Medicine of USC and the Keck Medical Center of USC, which includes Keck Hospital of USC, USC Norris Cancer Hospital and USC’s faculty physician practice.
Groundbreaking research by Keck School of Medicine researchers selected as one of Science magazine’s top 10 Breakthroughs of 2010.
Keck Hospital of USC and USC Norris Cancer Hospital placed among the best hospitals in the nation in the 2011-12 U.S. News & World Report magazine’s rankings of “America’s Best Hospitals.” Additionally, 134 USC physicians were featured in 2011-12 U.S. News & World Report magazine’s rankings of “Top Doctors.”
The Department of Ophthalmology brands the USC Eye Institute, naming Mark Humayun, MD, PhD, as its inaugural director and furthering its continued recognition among the top ten ophthalmology programs in the United States by U.S. News & World Report.
USC acquires Verdugo Hills Hospital, a 158-bed hospital in Glendale, Calif. The deal adds the new USC Verdugo Hills Hospital to Keck Medicine of USC.
USC recruits internationally celebrated scientists Arthur Toga, PhD, and Paul Thomson, PhD, to lead transformative work in brain mapping and neuroimaging at the new USC Institute for Neuroimaging and Informatics.
USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center celebrates the 40th anniversary of its founding as one of the original eight comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute.
The Keck School becomes home to the National Center on Elder Abuse, a vital clearinghouse created by the Administration on Aging, part of the Administration on Community Living in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
USC receives a $50 million naming gift from longtime benefactors Mark and Mary Stevens to endow and name the USC Mark and Mary Stevens Neuroimaging and Informatics Institute, accelerating the institute’s already dramatic progress toward solving one of biology’s most complex and important puzzles: the brain.
Business leader and USC Trustee Rick J. Caruso and his wife, Tina, donate $25 million to endow and name the USC Tina and Rick Caruso Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, one of the nation’s largest and most highly ranked for research and treatment of diseases of the ear, nose and throat.
Mark S. Humayun, MD, PhD, co-director of the USC Gayle and Edward Roski Eye Institute and director of the USC Institute for Biomedical Therapeutics, receives the National Medal of Technology and Innovation from President Barack Obama.
Rohit Varma, MD, MPH, the noted physician and scientist, is named dean of the Keck School of Medicine of USC and the May S. and John Hooval Dean’s Chair in Medicine.
The Keck School of Medicine of USC receives the school’s highest ranking in National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding since the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research began its annual ranking of medical schools in 2006, coming in at #30.
USC welcomes students to Malcolm and Barbara Currie Hall, a new, resort-style residence hall on the Health Sciences Campus with 178 apartments.
The USC Stevens Hall for Neuroimaging, a modern, sleek, glass-enclosed building on the southern edge of USC’s Health Sciences Campus, opens its doors to house the USC Mark and Mary Stevens Neuroimaging and Informatics Institute.