Chair’s Corner

The Department of Medicine’s mission is to train the next generation of leaders through world-class patient care, comprehensive career development and transformative research. We strive for diversity, equity and inclusion.”

Hugo R. Rosen, MD

Hugo R. Rosen, MD
Kenneth T. Norris, Jr. Chair of Medicine
Professor of Medicine, Immunology, and Molecular Microbiology

Comments from the Chair

I would like to acknowledge Edward Crandall for 23 years of stewardship of the Department of Medicine and express my sincere enthusiasm for the opportunity to help lead this department composed of so many outstanding people. I am excited to return to one of the greatest cities in the world and to help carry out a new vision for the Department of Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. This is a pivotal and opportune juncture in the history of the Keck School, Keck Medicine of USC and LAC+USC Medical Center.

Building outreach is a critical activity for successful academic growth, and the Keck School is committed to expansion of patient care services throughout Southern California. One of our goals is to recruit interdisciplinary faculty from outside institutions to catalyze new collaborations in order to bridge scientific/clinical disciplines within the Department of Medicine and broader USC research community, accelerating discovery in a variety of fields of interest. Although the Keck School is already a leader in medical education, with an integrated, hands-on curriculum, among the first to adopt real-world experience in patient care from the start of medical school, we will continue to challenge ourselves in order to implement improvements in chronic disease outcomes.

There are so many more possibilities and challenges in medicine than when I went to medical school, and we need to empower the physician workforce to meet this evolution, including electronic medical records, ever-increasing amounts of molecular information, the business and policy of medicine and effective mentorship that mitigates against physician burnout, just to name a few. The Department strives to become a top option to train graduate students interested in the basic sciences or health-based research in order to strengthen the pipeline of physician-scientists who can incorporate investigation and discoveries that improve patient outcomes.

The shared vision is that the Keck School Department of Medicine will be the source of superior healthcare through innovative research and education. We are grateful for the dedication of our outstanding faculty, trainees, students and staff. Together, we look to the future as we strive to fulfill our unrelenting commitment to the Department of Medicine’s tripartite mission of research, education and patient care.

About Hugo R. Rosen, MD