Research management at the Keck School is organized on a matrix structure.
Thomas A. Buchanan, M.D., Interim 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. His major role is to head USC’s Southern California Clinical & Translational Science Institute. The SC CTSI reports to the USC Vice President for Research, but is coordinated by the Keck School.