Keck School of Medicine of USC


Stem Cell Therapy Gives Paralyzed Man Second Chance at Independence

December 14th, 2016|

Four days after undergoing major surgery, 21-year-old Kris Boesen picked up a smartphone and sent a text. It was the first message that he had sent in months.
But what was truly remarkable was that a man who was once almost completely paralyzed was holding a phone at all.

It hadn’t always been like this. One night in

Experimental stem cell therapy helps paralyzed man regain use of arms and hands

September 9th, 2016|

On March 6, just shy of his 21st birthday, Kristopher (Kris) Boesen of Bakersfield suffered a traumatic injury to his cervical spine when his car fishtailed on a wet road, hit a tree and slammed into a telephone pole.

His parents were warned there was a good chance their son would be permanently paralyzed from the

Challenge Accepted: Improving Treatment Options for Patients with Brain Cancer

August 9th, 2016|

Of the dozens of clinical trials being conducted at the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center at any given time, there is one in particular that has Naveed Wagle, MD, director of the USC Brain Tumor Center at USC Norris, filled with anticipation. Every new clinical trial provides hope for his patients, but this one is unusual because it is testing a type of

Study: Antidepressants may fight brain cancer

March 9th, 2016|

Antidepressants can shrink and stunt cancerous brain tumors that are otherwise difficult to treat, an international team of researchers has found.

USC School of Pharmacy researchers who led the study on mice found that the drugs stifle the growth of brain cancer, glioma or glioblastoma by suppressing the enzyme monoamine oxidase A, which affects the release

Stroke patient recovers from severe brain aneurysm to run LA Marathon alongside treatment team

February 24th, 2016|

A former patient at the University of Southern California (USC) Comprehensive Stroke and Cerebrovascular Center at Keck Medicine of USC ran the Los Angeles Marathon on Feb. 14, accompanied by the treatment team that saved her life.

Prior to her stroke, 41-year-old Kathy Nguyen had nine marathons under her belt. In March 2015, Nguyen collapsed at

Neurosurgeon, urologist team up to remove patient’s spinal tumor using da Vinci robot

December 21st, 2015|

To do what’s best for a patient, sometimes a combined effort is the best approach. That was the case recently at Keck Medical Center of USC, where an experienced neurosurgeon and an expert in robot-assisted urologic surgery teamed up successfully to remove a particularly troublesome spinal tumor.

Patrick C. Hsieh, MD, associate professor in the Department