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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  • USC researchers reveal how gene expression affects facial expressions

    A person’s face is the first thing that others see, and much remains unknown about how it forms — or malforms — during early development. Recently, Chong Pyo Choe, a senior postdoctoral fellow working in the lab of USC stem cell researcher Gage Crump, has begun to unwind these mysteries.

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  • An international study co-led by Keck School of Medicine of USC scientists and researchers in the United Kingdom has revealed 23 new genetic susceptibility locations indicating risk for prostate cancer.

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  • Preeminent USC surgeon and emergency medicine pioneer dies at 88

    Gail Victor Anderson, MD, founding faculty member of the Department of Emergency Medicine at USC and a pioneer in the field, died of complications from pneumonia on Sept. 6, 2014, in Pasadena, California. He was 88.

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  • Keck School of Medicine of USC Department of Emergency Medicine receives No. 3 spot in new national ranking of residency programs

    Treating patients in one of the busiest trauma centers in the nation, the Keck School of Medicine of USC Department of Emergency Medicine residency program has been ranked No. 3 in a top 10 ranking of emergency medicine residency programs in the United States.

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  • USC researchers discover the healing power of "rib-tickling"

    Unlike salamanders, mammals can’t regenerate lost limbs, but they can repair large sections of their ribs. In a new study in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, a team directed by USC Stem Cell researcher Francesca Mariani takes a closer look at rib regeneration in both humans and mice.

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  • USC welcomes its inaugural class of stem cell master's students

    USC welcomed its inaugural class of 30 master’s students in stem cell biology and regenerative medicine to one of the first programs of its kind in the United States.

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  • Keck Medicine of USC becomes first medical center in Los Angeles to offer newly FDA-approved sleep apnea implant

    Keck Medicine of USC is the first medical center in Los Angeles to offer a unique implantable treatment for sleep apnea, a chronic disorder that affects more than 18 million sleep-deprived Americans.

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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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