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

September 17, 2014


Gail Anderson, emergency medicine pioneer, 88
Gail Victor Anderson, MD, founding faculty member of the Department of Emergency Medicine and a pioneer in the field, died of complications from pneumonia on Sept. 6, in Pasadena, Calif. He was 88. “The world of medicine has suffered a great loss,” said Keck School Dean Carmen A. Puliafito, MD, MBA. “The USC Department of Emergency Medicine residency program is one of the country’s most highly regarded, and that was very much due to Gail’s stewardship.” A memorial service is planned for Friday, Sept. 19, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Aresty Auditorium. Best known as the “father of emergency medicine,” Anderson became the first professor and chairman of an academic department of emergency medicine in the United States when the dean of USC’s medical school and the medical director of the county hospital asked him to take the position in 1971. Upon his retirement as chairman of the department in 2002, his faculty at the LAC+USC Medical Center had trained more emergency physicians than any other residency program in the country.

American Academy of Family Physicians honors Keck School of Medicine Family Medicine Interest Group
The American Academy of Family Physicians has named the Keck School of Medicine Family Medicine Interest Group among the winners of its 2013 Program of Excellence Awards. The Keck School group was among 10 recipients nationally that were honored for outstanding activities in generating interest in family medicine. Jo Marie Reilly, MD, associate professor of clinical family medicine and faculty advisor to the group, noted it was the only ‘overall’ program in the state to be recognized nationally — and was specifically noted for its community service.

Keck School researcher receives $100,000 gift for personalized cancer therapy
The Wu Jieping Medical Foundation has made a gift of $100,000 to support research by Si-Yi Chen, MD, PhD, at USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology. The gift will fund a pilot translational research project using next-generation DNA sequencing for personalized cancer therapy. The foundation is a leading foundation in China established in 2002 in Beijing, under the administration of the Ministry of Health and in honor of Wu Jieping, a founder of modern China's medicine and medical education.

American Academy of Physician Assistants publication highlights Keck School student's work in Nicaragua
The September 2014 issue of SAAAPA Monthly, the national newsletter for the American Academy of Physician Assistants, featured an article by Nina Rodriguez, a class of 2016 physician assistant student. In the article, Rodriguez describes her experiences with 18 fellow Keck School students on their summer volunteer project at rural clinics there.

American Cancer Society offers research grants of up to $20,000
The USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center has available funds from the American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant to provide funding up to $20,000 for beginning cancer research projects. The primary purpose of these grants is to serve as seed money to permit the initiation of promising new projects or novel ideas by junior faculty. Projects in any area of cancer research will be considered. For more information, contact Norma Sayoto at The application deadline is Oct. 24.

TCORS seeks applicants for training programs
The USC Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science (TCORS) is seeking a full‐time, enrolled pre‐doctoral graduate student and a full‐time post-doctoral scholar as trainees to develop skills relevant to tobacco regulatory science. Trainees may come from diverse disciplines relevant to tobacco regulatory science, including, the basic sciences, health behavior, psychology, sociology, pharmacy and epidemiology. Information on the TCORS program and requests for further information should be sent to The application deadline is Oct. 15.


Thursday, Sept. 18

7 a.m. – 5 p.m. 18th Annual Max R. Gaspar Symposium. “Peripheral Arterial Disease in 2014.” Millennium Biltmore Hotel, 506 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. Info: Lisa Delgado, (323) 442-2555,, RSVP:,

Noon. GI and Liver Seminar. “Mechanisms of Autophagy in Protecting Against Drug-Induced Liver Injury,” Wen-Xing Ding, University of Kansas Medical Center. Hastings Auditorium. Info: Dolores Mendoza, (323) 442-1283,

6 p.m. Orthopaedic Surgery Grand Rounds. “Rotator Cuff Disease: Advances in Pathophysiology, Diagnosis, and Treatment,” "Brian T. Feeley, University of California, San Francisco. Aresty Auditorium. Info and RSVP: Sylvia Suarez, (323) 226-7204,

Friday, Sept. 19

11 a.m. Hematology Grand Rounds. “Gazyva for Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia,” Januario Castro, UC San Diego. LAC+USC Inpatient Tower Conference Room D. Info: Carolyn Castellanos, (323) 865-3913,

Monday, Sept. 22

11 a.m. – 2 p.m. — Farmer’s Market. “For Sale: Berries, Jams, Herbs, Snacks and Produce Bags.” Keck Hospital of USC Cafeteria.

Noon. KSOM Research Seminar. “Elicitation of Broadly-reactive Immune Responses against Influenza and Other Emerging Pathogens,” Ted M. Ross, Vaccine & Gene Therapy Institute of Florida. Aresty Auditorium. Info: Mary Jane Chua, (323) 442-7732,

Tuesday, Sept. 23

1 p.m. – 3 p.m. CTSI Workshop. “How to Become a Successful Digital Scholar,” Katja Reuter, USC. Harkness Auditorium. Info: Francis Ukpolo (323) 442-1996,

5:30 p.m. Ophthalmology Grand Rounds. HC4 Conference Room, third floor. Info: Joseph Yim, (213) 446-4684,

Wednesday, Sept. 24

Noon. Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute Seminar. “Attentional Neurons and Circuits,” J. Julius Zhu, University of Virginia. Herklotz Seminar Room, ZNI 112. Info: Julie Carl, (323) 442-3219,

Thursday, Sept. 25

Noon. USC Research Center for Liver Diseases Seminar. “Role of Mixed-Lineage Kinase 3 in Cellular Stress Responses,” Anja Jaeschke, USC. Hastings Auditorium. Info: Dolores Mendoza, (323) 442-1283,

4 p.m. Diabetes and Obesity Research Institute Seminar. “Insight into Metabolic Dysregulation Contributing to Insulin Resistance: Role of Phenotype and Muscle Lipid Content,” William T. Cefalu, USC. Harkness Auditorium. Info: Christina Ayala, (323) 442-2500,,

Friday, Sept. 26

8 a.m. Dept. of Pathology Grand Rounds. “Updates on Pathology Milestones & Pathology Fellowship Milestones,” Wesley Naritoku, USC. HMR 202. Info: Leslie Wauke, (323) 442-1180,

Saturday, Sept. 27

7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 2014 Annual Cerebrovascular Disease Symposium “Medical Versus Surgical Management of Cerebrovascular Disease,” Arun Amar and Gene Sung, USC. Aresty Auditorium. Info: Teresa Ball, (323) 442-2555,,

Media Mentions

A Sept. 10 article in The Hollywood Reporter offered a firsthand account by Steven Giannotta, MD, chair and professor of the Department of Neurology at the Keck School, of his involvement in the development of the TV medical drama “Grey’s Anatomy.”

A Sept. 16 story on KABC-7 TV on a groundbreaking kidney surgery using new ultrasound technology featured Inderbir Gill, MD, chair and professor, Catherine and Joseph Aresty Department of Urology and founding executive director, USC Institute of Urology, and Osamu Ukimura, MD, PhD, professor of urology and director of image-guided surgery and focal therapy of prostate and kidney cancer at the USC Institute of Urology.

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