Keck School of Medicine News and Notes
For faculty and staff of the Keck School of Medicine of USC

July 23, 2014


Pasadena Magazine names more than 500 Keck Medical Center physicians to top doctors list
The number of Keck Medical Center of USC physicians included in an annual ranking of top doctors in the San Gabriel Valley grew in 2014. Pasadena Magazine included 505 USC physicians in its current roster of notable physicians in the San Gabriel Valley, up from 345 last year and 273 in 2012. The doctors come from more than 40 specialties including radiology, oncology, otolaryngology, neurology, cardiology and urology. Vaughn Starnes, chair of the Department of Surgery at Keck School of Medicine of USC and the executive director of the USC CardioVascular Thoracic Institute, graced the cover of the magazine and gave Pasadena Magazine an interview in which he shared his thoughts about his career, the future of health care and operating on Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Keck Medicine of USC adds to its renowned urology team
Continuing its momentum as one of the fastest-growing urology programs in the nation, the USC Institute of Urology recruited Gerhard Fuchs, MD, an internationally renowned urologic surgeon, researcher and educator who advanced innovative technology to minimize the pain of eliminating kidney stones, effective July 15. Fuchs, professor of clinical urology at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, is executive director of the USC Institute of Urology at Keck Medicine of USC – Beverly Hills. He also will serve as director of the Men’s Health Center, director of education and directory of quality assurance/improvement, all at the USC Institute of Urology.

International team sheds new light on biology underlying schizophrenia
As part of a multinational, collaborative effort, researchers from Keck Medicine of USC, have helped identify more than 100 locations in the human genome associated with the risk of developing schizophrenia. In what is the largest genomic study published on any psychiatric disorder to date, the findings, which are published online in Nature, point to biological mechanisms and pathways that may underlie schizophrenia. These pathways could lead to new approaches to treating the disorder, which has seen little innovation in drug development in more than 60 years. Read more in HSC News.

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Friday, July 25

11 a.m. Hematology Grand Rounds. “RBC Transfusions and Thresholds: Current Evidence and Recommendations,” Jessica Poisson, USC. LAC+USC Inpatient Tower Conference Room D. Info: Carolyn Castellanos, (323) 865-3913,

Tuesday, July 29

8 a.m. The 2014 Roxanna Todd Hodges Lecture in Stroke Prevention and Education. “Controversies in Penumbral Imaging,” Gregory Albers, Stanford University Medical Center. Zilkha Neuroscience Institute 1st Floor Conference Room. Info: (323) 442-7687

Noon. Medical Education Seminar. “Create an Online Explainer Video with iPad,” Dixie Fisher and Win May, USC. NML West Conference Room. Info and RSVP: Cris Argosino, (323) 442-2746,,

Wednesday, July 30

Noon. Medical Education Seminar. “Creating Teaching Modules Using Zaption & Powerpoint,” Tatum Korin and Lynn Kysh, USC. NML Computer Classroom 204. Info and RSVP: Cris Argosino, (323) 442-2746,,

Thursday, July 31

Noon. Medical Education Seminar. “Engaging Learners in a Large Group Setting,” Chachi Fung and Jane Rosenthal, USC. NML West Conference Room. Info and RSVP: Cris Argosino, (323) 442-2746,,

6:30 p.m. Health Matters Talk. "Migraines: Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment Options,” Paul-Henri Cesar and Soma Sahai-Srivastava, USC. University Club of Pasadena, 175 N. Oakland Ave., Pasadena. Info and RSVP: Monica Padilla, (323) 442-2805,, Free valet parking available.

Monday, Aug. 4

8 a.m. - noon. Education, Career Development, and Ethics Program of Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute Seminar. “Short Course: Research in Diverse Urban Populations,” Jon Samet, Lourdes Baezconde-Garbanti, Katrina Kubicek, Jennifer Unger and William Vega, USC. Aresty LG 503-4. Info: Ray De Mesa, (323) 442-8281, RSVP:

Thursdays, Aug. 7 - Sept. 25

9 a.m. – Noon. Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute Course. “Introduction to Clinical and Translational Research Study Design.” Aresty LG503-4. Info and RSVP: (323) 442-8281,, This is an eight-week course. $200.

Wednesday, Aug. 13

4 p.m. Keck School of Medicine Dean's Distinguished Lecture. Robert A. Bradway, CEO, Amgen. Mayer Auditorium. RSVP: (code: Bradway). Live webcast:

Saturday, Aug. 16

4 p.m. USC Multiple Sclerosis Comprehensive Care Center and Research Multiple Sclerosis Benefit Concert. Herbert Zipper Concert Hall, 200 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. Parking available at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Reception, silent auction and live entertainment immediately following concert. Tickets: $30 for adults, $20 for under 18. Tickets: Maria Hall, (626) 354-1674. Info: Pat Gutierrez, (323) 442-6817.  To donate online visit: 

Media Mentions

A July 21 article on the KPCC-FM website reported that Inderbir Gill, MD, chairman and professor, Catherine and Joseph Aresty Department of Urology; founding executive director, USC Institute of Urology; and associate dean, clinical innovation, Keck School of Medicine of USC, completed the first robotic-assisted surgery in California on a prostate cancer patient with the new Xi robotic system at Keck Medical Center of USC. Mihir Desai, MD, professor of clinical urology and director, Robotic Urologic Surgery said, "Using this new ... robotic technology, we were able to do a prostate removal to help cure this patient from prostate cancer."

A July 17 blog post on KPCC-FM's website included a quote from Jennifer Israel, MD, assistant professor of clinical obstetrics and gynecology about new national recommendations about pelvic exams that may confuse women. "The message we don't want to send is that if you don't need a pelvic exam, you don't need to come in," she said.


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