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

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Keck School program receives national honor for health services

USC Correctional Health, a Keck School of Medicine of USC program, won the 2016 Best in Category Achievement Award for Health from the National Association of Counties (NaCo). This is the second prestigious award for the program, which was recognized last year with a Los Angeles County Quality and Productivity Award. The Keck School partnered with
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Keck School Events

6th Annual USC Hands-On Neuro-Endoscopy Course for Neurosurgery and Otolaryngology Residents

6th Annual USC Hands-On Neuro-Endoscopy Course for Neurosurgery and Otolaryngology Residents

27/01/2016 - 28/01/2017
Keck School of Medicine, Surgical Skills Simulation and Education Center, 2250 Alcazar Street, Los Angeles
7:30 am - 5:00 pm

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