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Keck School of Medicine of USC

First-year medical students prepare to put on their white coats and take the Hippocratic Oath at the Keck School of Medicine White Coat Ceremony. The inspirational event, recognizing students' entry into the field of medicine, is a tradition at the Keck School.

Founded in 1885, the Keck School of Medicine of USC is a major center of medical research, education and patient care with more than 1,200 full-time faculty members and a voluntary faculty of more than 3,800 physicians. Located on the university's 30.8-acre Health Sciences campus three miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles, it is adjacent to the Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center, one of the largest teaching hospitals in the United States. Faculty of the school include national leaders in each of its 25 clinical and basic science departments.

Keck's faculty, students and residents serve more than one million patients each year through the Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center, the USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and Hospital, USC University Hospital, Doheny Eye Institute, Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, and a network of additional USC-affiliated hospitals throughout Southern California. Several hundred faculty physicians comprise The Doctors of USC, caring for patients with a variety of complex medical needs as well as providing primary care.

The new Harlyne J. Norris Cancer Research Tower and Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute provide state-of-the-art facilities for important scientific discovery. With more than $140 million in total federal research support, the Keck School ranks among the top 25 U.S. medical schools in federal funding. Research programs in stem cell/regenerative medicine, cancer, genetics, neurogenetics, preventive medicine, transplantation medicine, bioengineering and other key areas have attracted national recognition.

In the educational arena, the Keck School of Medicine is at the forefront of medical education, with an integrated, modern curriculum. Keck was among the first medical schools to adopt Introduction to Clinical Medicine courses for first-year students, providing real-world experience in patient care from the start of the medical school career.


Carmen A. Puliafito, M.D., M.B.A., Dean, May S. and John Hooval Dean's Chair in Medicine

Coreen Rodgers, M.B.A., Chief Operating Officer

Judy Garner, Ph.D., Senior Associate Dean, Faculty Affairs

M. Elizabeth Fini, Ph.D., Senior Associate Dean, Research Advancement

Clive R. Taylor, M.D., D.Phil., Senior Associate Dean, Educational Affairs

Thomas A. Buchanan, M.D., Associate Dean, Clinical Research

Minor W. Anderson, President & CEO, USC Care Medical Group, Inc.

Jane Brust, Associate Senior Vice President for Health Sciences Public Relations and Marketing

William D. Loadvine, Senior Executive Director, Development

Allan V. Abbott, M.D., Associate Dean, Curriculum and Continuing Medical Education

Raquel D. Arias, M.D., Associate Dean, Office for Women and Disabled Issues

Donna D. Elliott, M.D., M.S.Ed., Associate Dean, Student Affairs

Deborah Johnson, Ph.D., Associate Dean, Graduate Affairs

Francis S. Markland Jr., Ph.D., Associate Dean, Scientific Affairs

Lawrence M. Opas, M.D., Associate Dean, Graduate Medical Education

Michele T. Pato, M.D., Associate Dean, Academic Scholarship

Erin A. Quinn, Ph.D., Associate Dean, Admissions

Althea M. Alexander, Assistant Dean, Office for Diversity

Stanley P. Azen, Ph.D., Assistant Dean, Scientific Affairs

Pamela B. Schaff, M.D., Assistant Dean, Curriculum and Student Affairs, Clinical Education

Joel E. Schechter, Ph.D., Assistant Dean, Curriculum and Student Affairs, Pre-Clinical Education

Darcy V. Spicer, M.D., Assistant Dean, Clinical Studies