Health Sciences Public Relations & Marketing

Office of Public Relations and Marketing

The Health Sciences Public Relations and Marketing Office provides connections between Keck School physicians and scientists and the public by working with the news media, and by directly publicizing new research, campus events and happenings and Keck patient care programs. We also produce insightful, award-winning publications and manage special events for the Keck School of Medicine and Keck Medical Center of USC.

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Featured News

Mark Humayun named inaugural director of the USC Eye Institute

Mark Humayun, MD, PhD, internationally known for his work on the Argus II artificial retina implant intended to restore sight to the blind, has been named the inaugural director of the USC Eye Institute.

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  • Keck School of Medicine to host lectures by winners of the 2013 Lasker Awards April 10

    The Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation and the Keck School of Medicine will present the second of two 2014 Lasker Lectures featuring recipients of the 2013 Lasker Awards.

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  • Technology and entertainment moguls headline most successful fund-raising event for USC center for cancer research – $9 million raised in one night

    Oracle co-founder/CEO Larry Ellison and Paramount Pictures CEO Brad Grey team with Keck School of Medicine Dean Carmen Puliafito and renowned cancer researcher Dr. David Agus at Rebels With a Cause event benefitting USC Center for Applied Molecular Medicine for life-saving cancer research

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  • Philanthropist supports cancer drug research with $500,000 gift

    Philanthropist supports cancer drug research with $500,000 gift

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  • Dean proclaims Match Day 2014 the best in Keck School history

    Keck School students and their families and friends gathered in the Harry and Celeste Pappas Quad with their instructors to learn where they'll be going for their residencies.

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  • Lasker Lecturers shed light on major breakthroughs

    Keck School of Medicine of USC students and faculty gathered to learn more about genetic cancer therapy and neurotransmitter release in the brain at the 2014 Lasker Lectures Program.

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  • Keck Medicine of USC research indicates measure of circulating tumor cells may be better predictor of prostate cancer survival than PSA test

    New research by USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center scientists demonstrates that measuring circulating tumor cells (CTCs) – the cells that spread cancer through the body – may be a better predictor of patient survival than the prostate specific antigen (PSA).

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  • California's first master's program in stem cells comes to USC

    USC will offer the first master’s program in stem cell biology and regenerative medicine in California this fall.

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Featured Expert

John Lipham, MD
Chief, Division of Upper GI and General Surgery
Associate Professor of Surgery, Keck School of Medicine of USC

Expertise:
• GERD
• Esophageal cancer
• Foregut surgery

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USC Health Sciences Source Alert:

During the holiday season, heartburn can quickly put a damper on festivities like familly get-togethers and tailgate parties. While people commonly experience occasional heartburn, more than 15 million Americans suffer symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) every day, according to the American College of Gastroenterology. In recognition of the 15th Annual GERD Awareness Week, Nov. 24-30, Keck Medicine of USC physicians are available to discuss simple tips to help reduce GERD symptoms during the holiday season as well as novel treatments for the disease.

Caroline Hwang, MD, is a gastroenterologist and assistant professor of clinical medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. She can discuss general strategies to minimize heartburn and other GERD symptoms. "There are many things people can do to prevent GERD flare-ups, but on Thanksgiving remember to season lightly, slow down and stay awake," Hwang said. "Spicy foods, physical exertion and lying down after a meal can all aggravate GERD symptoms."

John Lipham, MD, is associate professor of surgery at the Keck School of Medicine of USC and chief of the division of upper gastrointestinal and general surgery. He specializes in the treatment and study of benign and malignant diseases of the esophagus and stomach. He led clinical investigation at USC of the LINX Reflux Management System, an FDA-approved device that treats GERD through minimally invasive surgery, and has successfully implanted more than 100 of those devices in people since 2009, the highest volume of experience with the LINX in the Western United States. “This device is a huge advance for the treatment of reflux, which affects millions of people in the U.S.,” Lipham said. “It addresses a gap of patients who suffer from GERD but no longer respond well to medication treatment.”

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