Keck School of Medicine of USC


René Sotelo meets with Pope Francis

December 13th, 2016|

René Sotelo, MD, professor of clinical urology at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, had the opportunity to meet Pope Francis, leader of the Roman Catholic Church, during a recent trip to Italy.

USC Institute of Urology to examine methods for increased precision, decreased risks of prostate cancer diagnostics

November 18th, 2016|

Grants from the National Institutes of Health will support the study of MR-ultrasound image fusion and DNA methylation markers in prostate biopsy tissue

The USC Institute of Urology, recently ranked in the top 15 Best Hospitals nationwide for urology by U.S. News and World Report, has received two grants from the National Institutes of Health to advance the

Your Health Depends on More Than Your DNA

November 14th, 2016|

Nature and nurture both matter in the move to personalized medicine.
In some not-too-distant future, your health risks and medical problems may be investigated and pieced together like crime scenes. Your health care provider will collect key evidence: urine, blood and DNA samples. You’ll be questioned about where you live, work and travel, and what you eat,

Beating Back Prostate Cancer

April 28th, 2016|

Focusing on personalized medicine for prostate cancer at USC Norris
Inderbir Gill has a new tool he takes with him into the operating room these days: A perfect reproduction, the exact size and shape of his patient’s prostate gland, made by a 3-D printer. The 3-D print also shows the exact location of his patient’s cancer,

USC Institute of Urology shares robotic surgery expertise in India

March 25th, 2016|

Building on its relationship with the Sir H. N. Reliance Foundation Hospital and Research Center located in Mumbai, the USC Institute of Urology led an international urology symposium at the hospital Feb. 20-21. The symposium focused on advances in robotic surgery for urology cases and featured live surgeries, case study presentations and lectures.

During one of

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

Training Robotic Surgeons Worldwide

September 24th, 2015|

Surgeons at Keck Medicine of USC perform more robotic surgeries than at any other hospital in the metro Los Angeles area. What make these procedures extraordinary are not only the state-of-the-art robotic technology, but also the exceptional skill and experience of the surgeons, who are faculty members at the Keck School of Medicine of USC.


Researchers mimic viral infection in colon cancer stem cells

September 15th, 2015|

Researchers targeting colorectal cancer stem cells — the root cause of disease, resistance to treatment and relapse — have discovered a mechanism to mimic a virus and potentially trigger an immune response to fight the cancer like an infection.

The discovery, published in Cell, illuminates a major shift in the understanding of anti-tumor mechanisms and identifies a

USC surgeons describe groundbreaking procedure in Journal of Urology

August 31st, 2015|

A new article published by the Journal of Urology details a pioneering robotic surgical procedure developed at the USC Institute of Urology for treatment of a particularly challenging type of kidney cancer.

The new surgical method was first performed in 2014 by a team led by Inderbir S. Gill, MD, founding executive director of the USC

USC Stem Cell selects inaugural Broad Clinical Research Fellows

August 20th, 2015|

This year, the Broad Clinical Research Fellowships are enabling physician-investigators to explore stem cell-based approaches related to four very different medical conditions: breast cancer, kidney disease, deafness and short bowel syndrome.

Each one-year fellowship provides $65,000 of salary support, $7,500 of supplies and a $1,500 meeting allowance to support full-time research related to stem cell biology