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

February 25, 2015


Voting period for U.S. News & World Report is now open and ends Feb. 27
Voting has begun for U.S. News & World Report's annual Best Hospitals issue, which provides brand recognition and reputation opportunities for Keck Medicine of USC. Board-certified physicians who registered with Doximity before December 5 should receive an email with instructions on how to vote. Either check for this email or visit Physicians who did not register with Doximity prior to December 5 may still be chosen to participate in a randomly selected, paper survey pool consisting of 200 physicians per specialty nationwide (with the exception of pediatric specialties, in which 150 physicians will be selected). While U.S. News & World Report will be weighting the online votes differently from the paper survey votes, Doximity voting gives Keck Medicine of USC a slightly better chance of having a voice in these important rankings. Read more

USC neurosurgeon is one of six to receive NIEHS award for early-career researchers
William Mack, MD, assistant professor in the Department of Neurological Surgery and director of the Cerebrovascular Laboratory at the Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute, both within the Keck School of Medicine of USC, was one of six early-career researchers awarded the highly competitive grant known as the Outstanding New Environmental Scientist (ONES) award. This grant was created by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) to encourage early-stage researchers who want to discover how our environment influences human health. Mack and his team will research how exposure to particulate matter (air pollution) can be toxic to blood vessels in the brain and identify risks to cognitive health in vulnerable populations. Read more


Thursday, Feb. 26

Noon. Southern California Research Center for ALPD and Cirrhosis Lecture.“The Hippo-YAP Pathway in Organ Size Control and Tumorigenesis,” Kun-Liang Guan, PhD, UCSD. McKibben Lecture Hall 156. Info: Julie Lee, (323) 442-4844,  

Noon. USC Institute for Global Health Lecture. “Prescription Politics: How Far Have We Come in the Fight for Access to Medicines?” Amy Kapczynski, Universities Allied for Essential Medicine. TCC 450. RSVP

2 p.m. Keck Medicine of USC, Department of Neurology, Roxanna Todd Hodges Foundation Seminar. “Stroke & Hypertension,” Nerses Sanossian, MD, USC. Keck Hospital, Hoffman Café (first floor). Free blood pressure screenings, snacks provided, and parking validated. Open to the public and employees. Info: Ozzy Obiwuru, (323) 442-0049,

7 p.m. SCA Alumni Screening Series. "David's Reverie," a 20-minute USC thesis film about a jazz musician with epilepsy. The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, 900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles. Followed by Q&A with filmmaker Neil Creque Wiliams and reception. Free admission. RSVP: or call (213) 740-8342

Friday, Feb. 27

11:45 a.m. Center for Applied Molecular Medicine Seminar. “The Fluid Mechanics of Bacteria-Cilia Associations,” Eva Kanso, PhD, USC. Harkness Auditorium, HSC - Clinical Sciences Building, 2nd Floor. Lunch will be served. Info: Rosa Rangel, (310) 442-3849,

Monday, March 2

Noon. KSOM Research Seminar Series Seminar. “Exploring Contributions Made by Anatomically Distributed Neurons and Circuits to the Neural Control of Feeding,” Harvey J. Grill, PhD, University of Pennsylvania. Aresty Auditorium. Info: Mary Jane Chua, (323) 442-7732,  

Tuesday, March 3

3 – 5 p.m. SC CTSI Workshop. “Data-Driven Workshop on Social Media and Infographics,” Katja Reuter, PhD. Harkness Auditorium. Info: Francis Ukpolo, (323) 442-1996,

5:30 p.m. Ophthalmology Grand Rounds. Philip Storey, MD, MPH, USC. HC4, Conference Room, 3rd Floor. Info: Tyaisha Christopher  (323) 409-5233,  

Thursday, March 5

Noon. Southern California Research Center for ALPD and Cirrhosis Lecture. “Control of Immune Responses by Activation of Nutritional Sensing Pathways in Dendritic Cells,” Bali Pulendran, PhD, Emory University. McKibben Lecture Hall 156. Info: Julie Lee, (323) 442-4844,  

Saturday, March 7

6 p.m. Office of the Dean, Keck School of Medicine. “2015 Keck Scholarship Gala.” Town and Goown, University Park Campus. Honoring Shaul G. Massry, MD, Antonio T. Alamo, MD, '91, J. Mario Molina, MD, '84, and the 2014-2015 Scholarship Recipients. Info & RSVP: Molly Gervais, (323) 442-1700,,

Monday, March 9

Noon. Office of Emergency Management & Business Continuity Lecture. “Bring Your Lunch and Learn Seminar: Run-Hide-Fight Active Shooter Training,” Robert C Vance III, USC. Saban Research Building, First Floor Auditorium, CHLA-Keck Hospital Cardinal Room, 4661 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. Parking is available at the main hospital garage, entrance is on the corner of Rodney Dr. and Sunset Blvd. Info: Bob Vance, (323) 442-9915,  

Tuesday, March 10

9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Brain and Behavior Research Foundation. “Discovery to Recovery: A Path to Healthy Minds.” Features Michele Pato, MD, and Carlos Pato, MD, USC. Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel, 11461 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. Info & Registration: or call (800) 829-8289

Wednesday, March 11

10 a.m. Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology/ Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute Seminar. “Impact of Antenatal Glucocorticoids on the Developing Brain,” Donald DeFranco, PhD, University of Pittsburgh. Herklotz Seminar Room, ZNI 112. Info: Julie Carl, (323) 442-3219,  

Noon. Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute Seminar. “ON-OFF Cells of the Auditory System,” Laurence Trussell, PhD, Oregon Health and Science University. Herklotz Seminar Room, ZNI 112. Info: Julie Carl, (323) 442-3219,  

Noon. The Saban Research Institute Seminar. “Clinical Research Seminar: What Does Exercise Testing Tell Us About Congenital Heart Disease?” Stephen M. Paridon, MD, University of Pennsylvania. Saban Research Building, Auditorium, CHLA, 4661 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. Parking is available at the main hospital garage, entrance is on the corner of Rodney Dr. and Sunset Blvd. Info: Harleen Gill, (323) 361-8626,,

Media Mentions

A Feb. 20 article by HealthDay quoted Jonathan Song, MD, associate professor of ophthalmology at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, about measles complications that may cause blindness in children. "It's not as simple as you get the measles and that's it," Song said. "Almost all people who get measles will get the red eyes called conjunctivitis."

A Feb. 23 story on KABC TV featured Leslie Saxon, MD, professor of clinical medicine, Keck School of Medicine of USC, in a story about a new app that allows users to stamp their heart rate on a photo and post it on social media or send through a smartphone. "It gives you insight into you as a person, it gives you insight into other people, it provides another entertainment venue as well as providing you with health information," Saxon said.

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