Department of Surgery

About the Department

The Department of Surgery at the Keck School of Medicine of USC is dedicated to providing quality patient care, advancing educational programs and conducting innovative research that will advance the future of surgical practice.

In addition to several surgical residency training programs, the department offers students innovative training initiatives, which include the Surgical Skills Simulation and Education Center, a physician-scientist training program and a resident research program. The department’s involvement in both basic and clinical research is supported by more than $1 million in extramural grants.

The primary locations of the department’s programs are Keck Medical Center of USC, USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and LAC+USC Medical Center.

About the Department of Surgery

Vaughn A. Starnes, MD

“Our educational programs for medical students, residents and fellows in surgery continue to be highly rated among our students”
Vaughn A. Starnes, MD, Chair, Department of Surgery
Chief, division of cardiothoracic surgeryChair’s Corner

Our Divisions

The department is comprised of nine divisions and offers numerous prominent surgical residency training programs.

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Clinical Activities

The Department of Surgery focuses on providing patients and their families with effective, efficient and quality care. The clinical activities of the department cover all surgical subspecialties.

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Department News

Mario Pulido, PhD, first author of the study, and Ite Laird-Offringa. Their work on isoaspartylation could provide a key to immunotherapy for small cell lung cancer.

New research suggests possibility of small cell lung cancer immunotherapy

A study published in the Journal of Neuroimmunology and led by Ite Laird-Offringa, PhD, associate professor of surgery and associate dean of graduate affairs at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, suggests that the human body can detect and create an immune response to small cell lung cancer, which maybe helpful to develop new therapies and
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Department Events

CME: 24th Annual USC National Trauma, Emergency Surgery and Surgical Critical Care Symposium

CME: 24th Annual USC National Trauma, Emergency Surgery and Surgical Critical Care Symposium

13/07/2017 - 14/07/2017
Langham Huntington Hotel, 1401 S. Oak Knoll Ave., Pasadena, CA
6:15 am - 4:30 pm

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Keck School Events

Bioscience Business: Turning a Great Scientific Idea into a Commercial Product

Bioscience Business: Turning a Great Scientific Idea into a Commercial Product

30/03/2017
Eli and Edythe Broad CIRM Center Auditorium, 1st floor conference room
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

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