Keck School of Medicine News and Notes
For faculty and staff of the Keck School of Medicine of USC
December 4, 2013
Operation Walk USA's volunteer surgeons help restore mobility to needy patients
This week, about 120 surgeons across the country will perform more than 200 joint replacement surgeries on behalf of Operation Walk USA, a volunteer organization that provides free hip and knee replacement surgeries to U.S. residents who do not qualify for government assistance programs and cannot afford surgery on their own. As part of that effort, on Dec. 6 five USC orthopaedic surgeons will perform seven joint replacements at Keck Hospital of USC. Participating surgeons are: Lawrence Dorr, MD, professor of clinical orthopaedics at the Keck School; Paul Gilbert, MD, clinical assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery; Jay Lieberman, MD, professor and chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery; Donald Longjohn, MD, assistant professor of clinical orthopaedic surgery; and Daniel Oakes, MD, associate professor of orthopaedic surgery.
USC research shows new possibilities for sweat-gland cells
In a recent paper in the journal Public Library of Science One, USC faculty member Krzysztof Kobielak, MD, PhD, and a team of researchers showed how sweat gland stem cells can generate not only sweat glands, but also hair follicles when placed in the skin of a mouse. The findings suggest possibilities for developing future stem cell-based treatments for skin and sweat gland-related conditions, such as anhydrosis or hypohidrosis (insufficient sweating). It could also lay the foundation for creating fully functional skin — containing not only epidermis but both sweat glands and hair follicles — for burn victims.
Dec. 6 – CHLA Grand Rounds
Robert Adler, MD, director of medical education and chief medical director of the CHLA Health System, will present “The Good, Bad & Ugly – Pediatric Sun Exposure” at 8 a.m. at the John Stauffer Conference Room, Children's Hospital Los Angeles.
Dec. 6 – Southern California Research Center for ALPD & Cirrhosis 15th Annual Symposium
The symposium, which runs from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., will feature Nicholas O. Davidson, MD, professor of medicine at the Washington University School of Medicine, speaking on "How to Store Fat in the Liver: Location, Location, Location." The schedule of events is online here. To RSVP click here using code: 15thsymp. For more information, contact Rosy Carias-Veloz at firstname.lastname@example.org or (323) 442-3121.
Dec. 6 – 2013 World AIDS Day Health Fair
The LAC+USC Medical Center will host its annual World AIDS Day health fair from 10 am. to 2 p.m. at the center's main courtyard. The event will include health screenings and educational events. For more information, call (323) 343-8280.
Dec. 10 – Keck Hospital of USC Guild Health Speaker Series and Luncheon
John Niparko, MD, professor and chair of the Department of Otolaryngology, will present “Can You Hear Me Now?” at 10:30 a.m. at 1450 San Pablo St., Los Angeles, Third Floor Auditorium. The cost is $30. For more information, contact Carol Corral at (323) 254-0600 or email@example.com.
Dec. 11 – USC Institute for Integrative Health Seminar
Dave Baron, MSed, DO, professor and vice chair of the Department of Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences, will present “The Role of Media in Impacting Public Mental Health Literacy” at 9 a.m. at Harkness Auditorium (2nd floor), 2250 Alcazar Street. RSVP by Dec. 9 to Quintilia Ávila at firstname.lastname@example.org or (323) 442-2638.
Dec. 12 – Department of Orthopaedic Surgery Grand Rounds
Jay R. Lieberman, MD, professor and chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, will present "Novel Strategies to Enhance Bone Repair: Lessons Learned" at 6:30 p.m. at Mayer Auditorium. RSVP by Dec. 2 to Sylvia Suarez at email@example.com or (323) 226-7204.
BEVERLY HILLS COURIER – Mark Humayun Named Inaugural Director of the USC Eye Institute
A Nov. 19 article featured Mark Humayun, MD, PhD, the new inaugural director of the USC Eye Institute and interim chair of the USC Department of Ophthalmology. “The USC Eye Institute and the USC Department of Ophthalmology together offer a top-ranked clinical practice and world-class research with the potential to cure prevalent and challenging diseases of the eye,” said Humayun.
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