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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  • Author discusses advances — and challenges — in cancer treatment

    Cancer has stumped physicians and scientists for thousands of years. Major discoveries have changed our understanding of cancer and how to treat it, but there is still far more to learn.

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  • Neil Segil uses stem cells to seek treatments for hearing loss

    During most of his twenties, Neil Segil, PhD, couldn’t really imagine pursuing a career in science and being a professor. Now he’s doing both — as a principal investigator with USC Stem Cell and a professor of research in the departments of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine, and Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the Keck School of Medicine of USC.

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  • USC Eye Institute adds 12 faculty physician scientists in 2014

    The USC Eye Institute has recruited 12 physician scientists from some of the world’s leading institutions, specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide spectrum of vision disorders.

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  • Keck School of Medicine of USC stem cell researcher named Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

    Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC) scientist Cheng-Ming Chuong, M.D., Ph.D., has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

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  • Keck Medicine of USC surgeons perform complex kidney cancer surgery with minimally invasive Xi robot

    The complex kidney cancer operation performed by USC Institute of Urology surgeons cuts the patient’s recovery time from two to three weeks to four to five days.

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  • USC Eye Institute opens state-of-the-art Arcadia clinic

    One of nation's top-ranked university-based ophthalmology clinics moves to new location after 20 years, continues to provide comprehensive eye care to local community.

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  • USC hosts California stem cell agency's tenth birthday bash

    Few 10 year olds have brought 10 potential medical treatments into clinical trials. The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), however, is a truly exceptional 10 year old.

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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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