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Keck School of Medicine of USC

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The Keck School offers numerous opportunities for students to engage in laboratory or clinical research projects -- an important part of their medical education. As a student in USCís B.A./M.D. program, Joe Herrold conducts research in the lab of neurobiologist Samantha Butler that holds hope of curing injury-induced paralysis.

The Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California was founded in 1885. Located on the universityís 30.8-acre Health Sciences campus in northeast Los Angeles, it is adjacent to the Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center, one of the largest teaching hospitals in the United States. Faculty of the school include national leaders in each of its 25 clinical and basic science departments. Library facilities on the campus provide an excellent source of reference materials.

Clinical interaction is provided by the Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center, the Kenneth Norris Jr. Cancer Hospital and Research Institute, USC University Hospital, Doheny Eye Institute, Childrens Hospital of Los Angeles, and by a network of 11 additional USC-affiliated hospitals throughout Southern California.

Well-equipped and extensive research facilities are available in each of the basic science and clinical departments. A number of core facilities is provided by the USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center.

The school has established an interdisciplinary Institute for Genetic Medicine, designed to house new programs in molecular biology and genetics, and gene therapy.


Brian E. Henderson, M.D., Dean, May S. and John Hoovalís Deanís Chair in Medicine

Jeffrey L. Huffman, M.D., Senior Associate Dean, Clinical Affairs

Fred R. Sattler, M.D., Senior Associate Dean, Faculty Affairs

Clive R. Taylor, M.D., D.Phil., Senior Associate Dean, Educational Affairs

Cary E. Thomas, Senior Associate Dean, Administration and Finance

William A. Watson, Senior Associate Dean, Development

Allan V. Abbott, M.D., Associate Dean, Curriculum and Continuing Medical Education

Raquel D. Arias, M.D., Associate Dean, Office for Women and Disabled Issues

Francis S. Markland Jr., Ph.D., Associate Dean, Scientific Affairs

Lawrence M. Opas, M.D., Interim Associate Dean, Graduate Medical Education

Erin A. Quinn, Ph.D., Associate Dean, Admissions

Althea M. Alexander, Assistant Dean, Office for Diversity

Stanley P. Azen, Ph.D., Assistant Dean, Basic Sciences

Donna D. Elliott, M.D., M.S.Ed., Assistant Dean, Curriculum and Student Affairs, Clinical Education

Joel E. Schechter, Ph.D., Assistant Dean, Curriculum and Student Affairs, Pre-Clinical Education

Darcy V. Spicer, M.D., Assistant Dean, Clinical Studies