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Keck faculty among the world’s most influential researchers

December 16th, 2016|

Sir Isaac Newton once referred to the process of discovery as “standing on the shoulders of giants,” meaning that revolutionary science and innovation is built on the work of previous researchers. Some researchers are more impactful than others. One measure of this is the number of times a particular researcher’s work is cited, thus serving

Professor lauded as highly valued author

December 16th, 2016|

April Armstrong, MD, MPH, has recently published several articles in journals such as JAMA Dermatology and the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, earning her the distinction of being one of the most highly valued authors in her field. The rankings are compiled by JAMA Dermatology and are based on the number of recent publications as well as the

Arthur Toga installed as inaugural Ghada Irani Chair in Neuroscience

December 13th, 2016|

In recognition of his contributions to the field of neuroscience and understanding the workings of the human brain, Arthur Toga, PhD, has been established as the inaugural holder of the Ghada Irani Chair in Neuroscience.

Toga, Provost Professor of Ophthalmology and director of the USC Mark and Mary Stevens Neuroimaging and Informatics Institute, was installed as

Rohit Varma named Keck School dean

November 10th, 2016|

Rohit Varma, MD, MPH has been named dean of the Keck School of Medicine of USC, effective immediately. Varma will also hold the May S. and John Hooval Dean’s Chair in Medicine.

USC Provost Michael Quick, PhD, announced the appointment Wednesday on behalf of USC President C. L. Max Nikias, PhD.

“I am truly honored and privileged

An air pollution expert’s take on exercise, smog and health

September 19th, 2016|

Ed Avol, professor of clinical preventive medicine, wants to help Angelenos breathe easy.
ED AVOL DIDN’T start out trying to change Los Angeles. After he earned his master’s degree from Caltech in 1974, the engineer used his chemistry and physics background to measure air pollution. Fairly quickly, though, he became interested in the health aspects of the

Keck School of Medicine names new chair of Anesthesiology

September 16th, 2016|

The Keck School of Medicine of USC has named Holly A. Muir, MD, as the new chair of the Department of Anesthesiology, effective January 1, 2017.

Muir specializes in obstetric anesthesia, with expertise in the effects of interventions on obstetric outcome, both maternal and neonatal. She has published extensively on the management of childbirth pain and

Hematologist wins prestigious award from National Cancer Institute

September 6th, 2016|

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has named Kevin Kelly, MD, PhD, associate professor of clinical medicine in the Jane Anne Nohl Division of Hematology and Center for the Study of Blood Diseases, one of 13 recipients of the 2016 Cancer Clinical Investigator Team Award (CCITA).

The award recognizes and supports outstanding mid-career clinical investigators at NCI-designated

Meet the Faculty: Eric Chang, MD, professor on a roll

August 30th, 2016|

Eric Chang, MD, professor and chairman of the Department of Radiation Oncology for the Keck School of Medicine of USC and medical director of Radiation Oncology Services at USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center helped pioneer the use of Gamma Knife technology to treat brain tumors nationally and helps lead the program here at Keck Medicine.


The future of medicine is personalized

August 23rd, 2016|

John Carpten joins the Keck School of Medicine to connect the dots between individual cancer patients and the best treatments
The technological advances that have allowed doctors to differentiate tumors based on their distinct genetic make-up are part of a revolution in medicine that is known as personalized or precision medicine. Where treating cancer was once

Q&A: Reflections on a storied career

August 1st, 2016|

One of the transformative leaders of neuroscience at the Keck School of Medicine of USC has taken his last bow. Leslie Weiner, MD, retired June 30 after spending 41 years at the university, including 23 as chair of the Department of Neurology. The self-described “neurologist, physician, scientist and teacher” recently shared how the school has