The Division of Cardiovascular Medicine is at the forefront of the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease. The scope of activities in the division ranges from the early diagnosis and treatment of patients identified as at risk for cardiovascular disease to cutting-edge medical, device and invasive therapies for patients with established disease. We are dedicated to preventing, treating and expanding the existing knowledge base of the causes of cardiovascular disease to ensure the best outcomes for our patients. Our spectrum of activities includes clinical care, research, and patient and physician education.
The USC Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes provides assessment and management services for patients with a variety of endocrine disorders, especially in the areas of diabetes, pituitary diseases, adrenal disorders and disorders of calcium and bone metabolism. Endocrine faculty members have extensive experience in the management of such disorders and, where necessary, utilize the state-of-the-art USC Endocrine Laboratory to assist in diagnostic assessment.
The division has one of the nation’s most outstanding programs in all spheres of gastrointestinal and liver diseases. The organization of the division includes clinical, teaching and translational research components at Keck Medical Center of USC, including the liver program and the USC Digestive Health Center, which includes endoscopy, inflammatory bowel disease, pancreaticobiliary and motility. The division now has seven physician-scientists, 6 of which are NIH-funded. Our gastroenterology fellowship training has been a major focus. The fellowship-training program continues to attract and recruit an increasing number of outstanding applicants.
The Division of Geriatric, Hospital, Palliative and General Internal Medicine (GHPGIM) has demonstrated significant growth in the areas of clinical practice and teaching. The private practice has steadily grown over the last year as we expand our services and branch out within the USC community. The GHPGIM Division is one of the Department of Medicine’s leaders in terms of private practice revenue and number of patient visits. The Healthcare Center 2 (HC2) has continued to serve as the hub of the Division’s ambulatory private practice, in which Division faculty saw an average of 140 patient visits per day during 2017. The Division’s Hospital Medicine Program at LAC+USC Medical Center (LAC+USC) has achieved the Department’s goal of providing all of the teaching and supervision on the General Medicine Service by General Medicine faculty. The Hospital Medicine program at the Keck Medical Center has continued to expand, both in numbers and influence. The Palliative Care section has also expanded in terms of patient volume, impact, teaching and education.
The Division of Hematology is responsible for multiple clinical services at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center (LAC+USC), USC Norris Cancer Hospital (Norris) and Keck Hospital of USC (KH). At Norris, the Division is responsible for a busy inpatient service and the Bone Marrow/Stem Cell Transplantation (BMT) service, which successfully performs transplantation on patients with acute leukemia and other hematologic malignancies. The BMT Program, run by the Division, successfully received full certification by the Federation for Accreditation of Cellular Therapies (FACT). The Division is experiencing increases in new outpatient visits, admissions and clinical efficiency (reduced length of stay) at Norris and LAC+USC. At the same time, a substantial number of cases are placed into peer-reviewed clinical trials with accompanying translational research protocols, thus bringing innovative treatment strategies and therapeutic reagents to patients.
The Division continues to refine and implement a new curriculum in Hematology and Clinical Immunology for Year I–II medical students. The eight-week course emphasizes case-based learning and received outstanding evaluations from students.
The overarching mission of the Division of Infectious Diseases is threefold: 1) to advance the development of therapies to improve health through clinical and translational research and to explore mechanisms of disease for target infections, 2) to promote excellence in the education of medical students, house officers and clinical fellows; and 3) to deliver compassionate, evidence-based, state-of-the-art care to the large, diverse, multicultural community of Southern California served by Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center (LAC+USC), Rand Schrader Health and Research Center, Keck Hospital of USC, USC Norris Cancer Hospital (Norris Hospital), and the USC Healthcare Center 2 (HC2).
The Division of Nephrology and Hypertension is committed to providing comprehensive up-to-date medical care to patients with a variety of kidney diseases, hypertension, renal failure, fluid and electrolyte disturbances and transplantation of the kidney, kidney-pancreas and kidney-liver. The Division operates both in the public sector at LAC+USC Medical Center (LAC+USC) and in the private sector at Keck Hospital of USC (KH), USC Norris Cancer Hospital (Norris) and DaVita-USC Kidney Dialysis Center (DaVita-USC).
The Division of Oncology has four sections: Gastrointestinal Malignancies, Genitourinary Malignancies, Solid Tumors and Women’s Malignancies. The Division has been productive and successful, with strengths in postgraduate training, patient care and clinical practice, peer-reviewed research, administration, and hospital, university and community service.
The Division provides medical oncology clinical services at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center (LAC+USC), USC Norris Cancer Hospital (Norris), Keck Hospital of USC (KH), and three newly expanded USC Norris Oncology/Hematology service locations in Orange County.
The Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine (PCCSM) provides a vigorous, creative basic and clinical science core, with an active clinical service and a high-quality fellowship training program. The Division provides services at all three Health Sciences Campus teaching hospitals: Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center (LAC+USC), Keck Hospital of USC (KH) and USC Norris Cancer Hospital (Norris). PCCSM’s nationally and internationally recognized full-time faculty members share a combined research, clinical and teaching mission.
The mission of the Division of Rheumatology is a tripartite one, focused on patient care, education and research. On the research front, the Division has historically been especially strong in the area of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). In terms of basic science investigation, Division Chief William Stohl, MD, PhD, continues to focus on factors that affect the survival and function of B cells, a type of cell that is critical to normal function of the immune system but functions abnormally in SLE and drives disease.