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

June 24, 2015


USC mourns longtime medical leader Brian Henderson
Distinguished Professor Brian E. Henderson, who led the Keck School of Medicine of USC as dean between 2004 and 2007 and steered some of the school’s most prominent research centers, died June 20 at home in San Marino, Calif., at the age of 77 after a valiant 13-month battle against lung cancer. Henderson held the Kenneth T. Norris Jr. Chair in Cancer Prevention and was the founding chair of the school’s nationally ranked Department of Preventive Medicine. He also served as the first director of the Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute and was director of the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center when the USC Norris Cancer Hospital opened in 1983. Read more

Eye Symposium program marks 40th anniversary at USC Eye Institute
A capacity crowd of almost 400 ophthalmologists and optometrists participated in a June 19 symposium that marked the Department of Ophthalmology’s 40th anniversary at USC. Hosted by the USC Eye Institute under the direction of Rohit Varma, MD, MPH, the all-day symposium was opened by USC president C. L. Max Nikias. Thomas E. Jackiewicz, MPH, senior vice president and CEO of Keck Medicine of USC, and Dean Carmen A. Puliafito of the Keck School of Medicine of USC were also in attendance. Read more

New award honoring compassionate care is established by USC doctor
The Etz Chaim Tree of Life Award of Compassionate Care, made possible thanks to a generous gift from Etan Chaim Milgrom, MD, MS, was presented for the first time during recent commencement ceremonies at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. The annual award will recognize, in perpetuity, a Keck Medicine faculty or staff member who strives to improve the health and lives of patients through compassionate care with integrity, excellence, respect and empathy. Read more


Thursday, June 25

12:30 p.m. Molecular Imaging Center Seminar. "L3D Visualization: Introduction to Amira and Avizo Image Analysis Software." Harkness Auditorium. Includes one-on-one sessions after the seminar — please bring your own datasets. Info and RSVP: Tautis Skorka, (323) 442-3858,

Friday, June 26

Noon. Pharmacology and Phamaceutical Sciences Seminar. "Toward In-Vivo Membrane Fusion Using a Biomimetic Model System,” Alexander Kros, PhD, Universiteit Leiden, Netherlands. John Stauffer Pharmaceutical Sciences Center, PSC B13. Info: Ruth Ballard, (323) 442-3400,

Monday, June 29

Noon. KSOM Research Seminar Series Seminar. “Beyond ‘There's an App for That’,” Ida Sim, MD, PhD, University of California, San Francisco. Aresty Auditorium. Info: Mary Jane Chua, (323) 442-7732,

Media Mentions

A June 8 KTLA TV story about an operation on conjoined twins in Haiti quoted Henri Ford, M.D., vice dean of medical education, professor and vice chair for clinical affairs in the Department of Surgery, Keck School of Medicine of USC and vice president and chief of surgery at Keck School-affiliated Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. “By doing the operation in Haiti, the children would benefit emotionally from the proximity of their parents and the surgery could be done more cost-effectively than if it were done in Los Angeles,” Ford said. The surgery was also covered by CBS News, the La Canada Valley Sun, KTTV Fox 11, the Daily Mail and other outlets.

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