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

July 27, 2016


San Pablo Street to close for rail work
Union Pacific will be installing a third track on the rail line along Valley Boulevard, which will impact access to the USC Health Sciences Campus from San Pablo Street to Valley Boulevard. Work is expected to begin in early August and will be completed in four weeks. Union Pacific will close the rail crossing at San Pablo Street to construct the project safely. There will be no pedestrian or vehicle access through the crossing during this closure. Read more

Nation’s first digital health fellowship created at USC Center for Body Computing
The USC Center for Body Computing (CBC) recently announced the presentation of the first digital health fellowship in the U.S. The inaugural 12-month fellowship will provide exposure, training and research opportunities in digital health patient education, diagnosis and therapy that are under development and study at the USC CBC, the digital health technologies incubator of Keck Medicine of USC. The first fellow, Andrew Keibel, MD, a recent graduate of the Keck School of Medicine of USC’s internal medicine residency program, was chosen from among more than a dozen residents. Read more

Qi-Long Ying wins 2016 McEwen Award for Innovation
The International Society for Stem Cell Research named Qi-Long Ying, MD, PhD, one of the winners of the 2016 McEwen Award for Innovation, the highest honor bestowed for stem cell research (ISSCR). Supported by the McEwen Centre for Regenerative Medicine, the award recognizes groundbreaking stem cell discoveries that open new avenues to explore or treat human disease. Ying, an associate professor of stem cell & regenerative medicine at the Keck School of Medicine, was named in the award with Austin Smith, PhD, from the University of Cambridge. The researchers accepted the award and shared the $100,000 prize at ISSCR’s annual meeting this June in San Francisco. Read more

Jing-Hsiung James Ou elected to Taiwan's Academia Sinica
The Academia Sinica – Taiwan's preeminent scientific organization – elected Jing-Hsiung James Ou, PhD, as an academician at its 32nd convocation, held July 4 - 7 in Taipei, Taiwan. Ou, professor of molecular microbiology & immunology at the Keck School of Medicine, is a renowned scientist whose work focuses on the molecular mechanisms of hepatitis B and hepatitis C. Read more


Friday, July 29

11 a.m. Jane Anne Nohl Division of Hematology and Center for the Study of Blood Diseases Grand Rounds. “Introduction and Overview of Venous Thromboembolic Disease,” Casey O'Connell, MD. LAC+USC Medical Center Inpatient Tower Conference Room A. Info: Carolyn Castellanos, (323) 865-3913,

Saturday, July 30

11 a.m. Society of Critical Care Medicine. “Memorial Service for William C. Shoemaker, MD.” Aresty Auditorium. Info: Deborah Caldwell, (323) 442-5840, There will be a light lunch reception served in the Aresty Auditorium Foyer following the service.

Wednesday, August 3

4 p.m. USC Women in Management Workshop. “Wealth Wednesday: Safe as Houses,” Jean Rudny, Ramy Zada, Priority Capital. Norris Medical Library East Conference Room. Info and RSVP: Ginger Mayerson, (323) 384-6049,, Free for WIM members; $10 for non-members.

Media Mentions

On July 11, Reuters quoted Brad Spellberg, MD, professor of clinical medicine, about the possibility of spreading superbugs. “You can be sure (mcr-1) is already in the guts of people throughout the United States and will continue to spread,” Spellberg said. The article ran in The Daily Mail, Huffington Post Australia, Raw Story, the St. Louis Post Dispatch, and several other news sites.

On July 20, Healio featured a study led by Veronica Setiawan, PhD, assistant professor of preventive medicine, about the causes of cirrhosis in a multi-ethnic cohort. “[This study] revealed the important discovery that NAFLD is the most common cause of [chronic liver disease (CLD)] and cirrhosis in Japanese Americans, Latinos, and Native Hawaiians and that NAFLD prevalence in Japanese [Americans] is higher than in Latinos and other ethnic groups,” Setiawan said.

On July 21, Education Week ran an op-ed written by Sabba Quidwai, director of innovative learning at the Keck School, and Claire Norman, communications coordinator for the Keck School of Medicine Physician Assistant Program. The op-ed discussed increasing empathy among physicians-in-training.

On July 25, "AirTalk with Larry Mantle" featured Lon Schneider, MD, professor of psychiatry, neurology and gerontology, as a guest expert in a segment about Alzheimer research. Schneider discussed research presented at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference in Toronto that focuses on the prevention of cognitive impairment.

A July 26 story in Fashion.IE quoted Jessica Wu, MD, clinical assistant professor in the Department of Dermatology, about ways to take care of your skin. “You can help by giving your skin the TLC it deserves. That means eating the right nutrients, slathering on sunscreen, and checking for suspicious spots,” Wu said.

The July issue of Academic Internal Medicine Insight featured a study by Gina Rossetti, MD, Seth Politano, MD, Patrick Sarte, MD, and Eric Hsieh, MD, of the Department of Internal Medicine, about quality improvement curriculum in graduate medical education.

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