Dean Carmen A. Puliafito

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Keck News - 03/12/2013
Keck School of Medicine of USC ranking improves in U.S. News & World Report annual "Best Graduate Schools" edition

The Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC) improved its ranking by three places over last year. Dean Puliafito attributes "this important move up in the rankings to the strength of our faculty, staff and students, who make the Keck School one of the best medical schools in the country."

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The Weekly - 10/26/2012
Keck School of Medicine of USC poised for growth, development

The Keck School of Medicine of USC has experienced years of dramatic change, and Dean Carmen A. Puliafito said at the Oct. 9 Town Hall meeting, that more change is on the horizon. “The medical landscape is changing as is the world of academic medicine,” Puliafito told the crowd gathered in Mayer Auditorium. “It is now big business.” While the big change in the past has been the result of internal developments – the naming gift from the W. M. Keck Foundation and the split with a corporate partner – outside forces are at work now, and it is up to the academic medical centers to adapt.

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The Weekly - 9/21/2012
Dean Carmen A. Puliafito on team honored with prestigious international scientific and humanitarian award

Keck School of Medicine of USC Dean Carmen A. Puliafito, M.D., M.B.A., has received the 2012 António Champalimaud Vision Award for the invention and development of optical coherence tomography (OCT), imaging technology that has revolutionized the practice of ophthalmology by dramatically improving the ability of clinicians to diagnose and treat such blinding diseases as macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma.

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Keck News - 9/10/2012
Dean Carmen A. Puliafito tackles healthcare issues at Rock Health Innovation Summit

Rock Health Innovation Summit, held in San Francisco Aug. 27-28. Puliafito took part in a discussion on the need to improve health care delivery and the ways through which that could be achieved, in which he stressed the importance of multidisciplinary collaboration and fostering risk taking, saying, "having a crossfunctional team is absolutely crucial for success." Prior to the event, he also offered his thoughts on a range of topics, including how USC encourages its medical students to think like innovators.

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The Weekly - 6/8/2012
Keck School of Medicine Dean Accepts Second Five-Year Term

Dean Carmen A. Puliafito, M.D., M.B.A., has accepted a second five-year term as dean of the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC). The announcement was made by Elizabeth Garrett, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, who stated in a memorandum that the reappointment, offered by USC President C. L. Max Nikias, followed an extensive survey of full-time faculty and staff, many of whom recognized the Dean’s commitment to the future of the Keck School.

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The Weekly — 3/30/2012
Dean's Community Leadership Council focuses on Affordable Care Act

Congressman Xavier Becerra discussed health care reform during a March 15 visit to the Dean’s Community Leadership Council at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. In the two years since the Affordable Care Act was signed into law, he said, 105 million Americans have had a lifetime limit on their coverage eliminated.

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The Weekly — 2/3/2012
Keck Medicine celebrates lead gift for initiative

Amid festive Trojan fanfare, USC faculty, staff and friends gathered on the university’s Health Sciences Campus on Jan. 30 to celebrate the W. M. Keck Foundation’s recent transformative $150 million naming gift. The donation serves as the lead gift for the Keck Medicine Initiative, which was announced by USC President C. L. Max Nikias at the event on the Harry and Celesta Pappas Quad.

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The Weekly — 11/18/2011
National Hispanic Health Foundation honors Keck School dean, students

In his speech at the Fourth Annual National Hispanic Health Foundation 2011 Gala, Keck School of Medicine Dean Carmen A. Puliafito said, “Every day on my way to work I drive by the statue of Emiliano Zapata astride his horse.”

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The Weekly — 03/25/2011
Keck School Dean delivers key Ophthalmology Society lecture

Keck School of Medicine Dean Carmen A. Puliafito recently delivered the annual Harvey E. Thorpe Lecture at the 47th Annual Spring Meeting of the Pittsburgh Ophthalmology Society.

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The Weekly — 12/17/2010
Keck School Dean hosts Town Hall Meeting at CHLA

Keck School Dean Carmen A. Puliafito (left) recently co-hosted a Town Hall and Holiday Reception in the Saban Auditorium at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Held on Dec. 8, the event celebrated Keck faculty working at Children’s Hospital and explored ways of building bridges between the two organizations. “This is really a terrific place that is incredibly important to the mission—not only of our medical school, but also of USC,” said Puliafito.

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The Weekly — 12/17/2010
Keck School Dean Carmen A. Puliafito reappointed to CIRM Governing Board

Keck School of Medicine Dean Carmen A. Puliafito has been reappointed to the Independent Citizens Oversight Committee, a governing board of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM). Puliafito has served as a committee member since 2008.

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The Weekly — 12/03/2010
Carmen A. Puliafito marks third year as dean of the Keck School


Looking back three years ago, you anticipated great transformation on this campus. What are the most significant changes since you came to USC?

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The Weekly — 11/05/2010
University Kidney Research Organization to honor Keck School Dean Carmen A. Puliafito

University Kidney Research Organization (UKRO) will honor Keck School of Medicine Dean Carmen A. Puliafito at its annual dinner to fund kidney research on Friday, Dec. 10, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

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USC News — 10/29/2010
USC Opens Eli and Edythe Broad CIRM Center


California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger joined USC administrators, trustees, elected public officials and more than 150 invited guests in the dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Eli and Edythe Broad CIRM Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at USC held Oct. 29.

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The Weekly — 05/28/2010
Dean Establishes Community Leadership Council at Keck School of Medicine of USC

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A new Dean’s Community Leadership Council will partner with the Keck School of Medicine of USC to explore ways to improve health services that meet the needs of the surrounding community. The council is expected to meet at least several times a year to address issues.

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The Weekly — 04/23/2010
Keck School jumps in U.S. News & World Report ranking

Dean looks at papers

The Keck School of Medicine of USC improved its ranking by five places in the 2011 U.S. News & World Reports Annual Guide to Best Graduate Schools. Moving up five spots from the 2010 rankings, the Keck School now ranks 34th in the category of research-intensive medical schools, and was listed in a three-way tie with Boston University and Dartmouth Medical Center.

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The Weekly — 04/02/2010
Keck School achieves full LCME accreditation


The full accreditation and praise received from this important committee that sets national standards for medical schools is a testament to the quality of our medical education program and our dedicated faculty, said Keck School Dean Carmen A. Puliafito.

In the letter, Puliafito was credited with creating an energizing institutional spirit of commitment to teaching and the educational program, with resources from university leadership. The letter commended Puliafito for significantly increasing funding for educational leadership, infrastructure and innovation.

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The Weekly — 02/12/2010
New Keck School strategic plan outlines ambitious goals for next 10 years

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Keck School Dean Carmen A. Puliafito said the new 10-year plan commits the school to continuing a major transformation sparked by the expansion of biomedical research as a result of the Keck naming gift in 1999. The recent restructuring of the school's clinical enterprise, USC's acquisition of two new hospitals and the opening of the LAC+USC Replacement Facility have significantly spurred this ongoing transformation.

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USC News — 02/22/2009

Dean Carmen Puliafito launches new Dean's Council on Health Reform

Dean's Council on Healthcare Reform

The dean’s office at the Keck School of Medicine of USC has aunched a number of initiatives to keep the university’s community well informed and engaged. Initiatives include the formation of the Dean’s Council on Health Reform, monthly forums and a Web site serving as a clearinghouse for information about health care reform.

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Ocular Surgery News - 5/10/2009
Dean Carmen Puliafito is featured on the cover of Ocular Surgery News in an article highlighting his role in developing ocular coherence tomography

Dean in ocular surgery

The May 10 issue of Ocular Surgery News quotes Keck School of Medicine Dean Carmen A. Puliafito on optical coherence tomography (OCT), a technology he co-invented. A photo of Puliafito next to an OCT device in the Doheny Eye Institute appears on the cover.

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