Research Advancement

Meet Our Staff

Research management at the Keck School is organized on a matrix structure.

Thomas A. BuchananThomas A. Buchanan, M.D.
Associate Dean for Clinical Research
Director, Southern California Clinical & Translational Sciences Institute
Chief, Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes
Professor of Medicine, Obstetrics & Gynecology, and Physiology & Biophysics


Thomas A. Buchanan, M.D., Vice Dean for Research, serves on the Dean’s senior staff, which is the Keck School’s leadership team. 

Dr. Buchanan coordinates research overall and provides leadership for implementation of the research strategic plan and new initiatives. He also heads the Office of Research Advancement – also called Keck Research Advancement(KRA) - the school’s research administrative and support office. He further provides management support to the Dean’s Office.

Dr. Buchanan provides programmatic leadership for clinical research. He provides the dean with advice and support for clinical research. He also serves as director of the Southern California Clinical & Translational Science Institute(SC CTSI). The SC CTSI reports to the USC Vice President for Research, but is coordinated by the Keck School.

Clinical research reports directly to the Dean, but is coordinated by the Office of Research Advancement.

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