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The Keck School of Medicine of USC is a place of dynamic activity in patient care, scientific discovery, medical and bioscience education, and community service. Our faculty, staff, students, residents, alumni, donors and friends are committed to excellence. Together we are poised to lead medicine in the 21st Century for the benefit of humankind. This is an exciting time of great transformation as we endeavor to create a truly stellar academic medical center at USC.

Located on USC's Health Sciences Campus, just east of downtown Los Angeles, the Keck School of Medicine is home to the Keck Medical Center of USC - a state-of-the-art academic medical center comprised of the Keck Hospital of USC (formerly USC University Hospital) and the USC Norris Cancer Hospital. The two world-class, USC-owned hospitals are staffed by more than 500 physicians who are faculty at the renowned Keck School of Medicine of USC. USC is also partners with the nearby Children's Hospital Los Angeles.

The Keck School of Medicine also is home to several research institutes, including the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute, the Eli and Edythe Broad Center for Stem Cell Research and Regenerative Medicine at USC, the USC Cardiovascular Thoracic Institute and the USC Institute for Global Health.

Established in 1885, the Keck School is the oldest medical school in Southern California.
The University of Southern California is founded as California's first research university.


USC's College of Medicine is established with Joseph Pomeroy Widney, M.D., as dean. The school opens on October 7 in a former winery on Aliso Street in Los Angeles. It is the University's second professional school and the region first medical school.

The USC medical school enters into a formal affiliation with the Los Angeles County Hospital and Poor Farm, which had been founded in 1878.

Nine of the original 12 students, including one woman, become the first graduating class of the USC College of Medicine.

Joseph Widney becomes president of USC while remaining dean of the College of Medicine.

The USC College of Medicine opens a modern three-story building on Buena Vista Street, about seven miles from its original Aliso Street location. The faculty had personally borrowed $20,000 for the building's construction.

H.G. Brainerd, M.D. becomes dean.

USC College of Medicine, deep in debt, affiliates with the University of California and becomes the Los Angeles Department of the School of Medicine of the University of California.

USC seeks a new affiliation and the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Medical Department of the University of Southern California is open for Fall term.

Abraham Flexner produces a landmark report for the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching: Medical Education in the United States and Canada. The Flexner Report quickly achieves notoriety and has huge impact on medical education and practice in the United States.

USC trustees announce the medical school will close until a sufficient endowment can be raised.

The medical school resumes operations following a seven-year closure that began in 1921.

The USC School of Medicine establishes an affiliation with Children's Hospital Los Angeles.

The 1933 class of medical students, numbering 30 and including five women, celebrate their graduation. It becomes the first class to complete their education at USC medical school since the 1928 reopening.

Los Angeles County opens a new modern county hospital on State Street (what is today the Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center).

The members of the 1933 class receive their degrees after finishing the newly instituted requirement that all medical doctors complete a year-long internship.

USC records its first gifts to medical research: a $5,000 from the President Birthday Ball Commission and $4,000 from the Rockefeller Foundation.

Amid growing recognition of the research being conducted by USC medical school faculty, the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis makes a $10,000 contribution to the school bacteriology research fund.

USC purchases land adjacent to the County Hospital as the nucleus of a medical campus.The National Heart Institute announces a $485,000 grant for USC to build a four-story building for cardiovascular and cancer research. The National Cancer Institute follows with $200,000 to add a fifth floor to the facility, later named the Raulston Medical Research Building.

Daniel C. Pease, assistant professor of anatomy, and Richard F. Baker, assistant professor of experimental medicine, take the world's first photograph of genes with an electron microscope

The Raulston Medical Research Building, named after former medical school dean Burrell Raulston, is completed and dedicated.

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approve a contract to compensate the USC School of Medicine for its services at the County Hospital which had heretofore been provided free of charge.

USC turns 75 and the medical school launches a Diamond Jubilee Campaign, to raise money for two new buildings: the Paul S. McKibben Hall and the Seeley Wintersmith Mudd Laboratory of Medical Science. The buildings open in 1961.

USC introduces a Doctor-Patient Relations program to its medical school curriculum.

USC is awarded grants to develop a standardized patient program using actors to help train medical students and to create a mannequin, later dubbed Sim One, which could simulate the physiological responses of a human body.

Two additional medical school buildings are completed on the Health Sciences Campus. In September, the Hoffman Medical Research Building is dedicated, while December brings the opening of the Norris Medical Library.

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors vote to change the name of the County Hospital to the Los Angeles County-University of Southern California Medical Center.

The John Edward Bishop Building, located between the Raulston and McKibben buildings, is completed.

USC forms the first academic Department of Emergency Medicine in the nation.

The Estelle Doheny Eye Foundation signs a contract with USC to purchase property on the Health Sciences campus and construct a building for vision research and teaching.

USC faculty organize the population-based cancer registry for L.A. County called the Cancer Surveillance Program (CSP).

Proposition C, funding a 75-bed cancer hospital and 125,000 square foot research facility on the grounds of LAC+USC Medical Center, receives 58% affirmative votes short of the two-thirds majority needed for passage. USC moves forward with the concept as its first independent health care facility.

USC President John Hubbard announces plans for a large, state-of-the-art cancer center to be built adjacent to the medical school.

With an initial budget of $24 million, construction begins on the new Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center. Named after a private donor, Kenneth T. Norris, Jr., the Center combines research with patient care, earns a Comprehensive designation from the National Cancer Institute (NCI), one of only seven that become the original comprehensive cancer centers in the nation.

The USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center opens on February 3rd.

The Medical School celebrates its centennial.

The Doheny Eye Institute opens a two-story hospital building on the USC Health Sciences Campus. The Institute later raises $33 million for an addition and the expanded six-floor research and patient care facility opens in 1992.

The 5P21 HIV/AIDS Clinic opens at the dawning of the AIDS epidemic, quickly becoming a national model for AIDS care.

Ground is broken for the state-of-the-art USC University Hospital complex, designed to accommodate all clinical departments and specialties, and help recruit and retain superior clinical faculty and expand patient care on campus.

The medical school launches the M.D./Ph.D. program.

The W. M. Keck Foundation makes a $3 million grant to the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center for an ambulatory care center.

The eight-story, 275-bed, $150 million USC University Hospital opens on campus and is staffed by the faculty of the USC School of Medicine.

Vaughn Starnes, M.D., Hastings Professor of Surgery, performs the world first double lobar lung transplant from living-related donors at USC University Hospital.

The National Institutes of Health awards a $5.5 million grant to the Department of Neurology for a multidisciplinary stroke program.

The National Cancer Institute awards the Institute for Genetic Medicine a $6 million grant to support gene therapy research as it applies to cancer. The grant funds five programs to be conducted over four years at the Joint Gene Therapy Program of the IGM and USC Norris as well as the Gene Therapy Program at CHLA.

In March, the Norman Topping Tower opens at the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, honoring USC seventh president and a great champion of the cancer center.

A joint M.D./Ph.D program is established with the California Institute of Technology.

USC ophthalmology researchers receive a $6 million from the National Eye Institute for a landmark study of eye health in the Los Angeles Latino community.

The W.M. Keck Foundation gives $110 million to USC medical school. The gift marked the largest philanthropic gift ever made to a U.S. medical school at that time. In recognition of W. M. Keck Foundation's gift, the USC School of Medicine is renamed the Keck School of Medicine of USC.

Keck School surgeons Rick Selby, M.D., and Nicholas Jabbour, M.D., perform the first living-related bloodless liver transplant.

The 125,000 square foot Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute, funded by a $20 million gift from businessman and philanthropist Selim Zilkha, as well as funding from the Weingart Foundation and Ahmanson Foundation, opens on campus.

The Eli & Edythe Broad Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at USC is founded as part of the university's strategy to take stem cell research developed in the lab and integrate it directly into therapies.

Carmen A. Puliafito becomes dean of the Keck School of Medicine.

The Institute for Global Health is established as an interdisciplinary center designed to address global challenges including tobacco consumption, decreased physical activity and increased environmental degradation.

Annual sponsored research funding reaches $250 million, with $34 million being awarded as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), also known as NIH stimulus grants.

USC acquires two hospitals, USC Norris Cancer Hospital and USC University Hospital, from Tenet Healthcare Corp., creating a new USC academic medical center.

The Keck School earns the maximum eight-year accreditation from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), the best results achieved since a 10-year accreditation was granted in 1981.

The School jumps five places, from 39th to 34th in the U.S. New & World Report magazine rankings of best medical schools in the nation.

USC receives a $150 million naming gift from the W. M. Keck Foundation to accelerate groundbreaking medical, clinical and translational research and education. This is the second transformative gift the Keck Foundation has made in recent years to USC's medical enterprise, following its historic $110 million gift in 1999 to the Keck School of Medicine of USC.

In recognition of the Keck Foundation gift, USC academic medical enterprise was named Keck Medicine of USC in perpetuity. It comprises the Keck School of Medicine of USC and the Keck Medical Center of USC, which includes Keck Hospital of USC, USC Norris Cancer Hospital and USC's faculty physician practice.

Groundbreaking research by Keck School of Medicine researchers selected as one of Science magazine's top 10 Breakthroughs of 2010.

With the transformative gift from the Keck Foundation, USC launches the Keck Medicine Initiative aiming to raise $1.5 billion 25 percent of the overall campaign goal. The initiative focuses on four priorities within USC academic medical center: advancing research, enriching medical education, enhancing patient care, and strengthening infrastructure.

Keck School of Medicine At a Glance | 2011-2012

  • Established in 1885 making Keck the oldest medical school in Southern California.
  • More than 1,500 full-time faculty, 2,000 staff and 1,200 students.
  • Home to 25 research-oriented basic and clinical academic programs.
  • More than 7,000 alumni.
  • More than 5,000 physician graduates who practice in Southern California.

  • On the forefront of medical education with a recently redesigned curriculum that is integrated and hands on.
  • Among the first medical schools to adopt Introduction to Clinical Medicine courses for first-year students, providing real-world experience in patient care from the start of medical school.
  • Led movement toward the use of the "standardized patient" for medical training, an idea that has taken root at schools across the nation. A "standardized patient" is a person carefully trained to portray all of the characteristics of a real patient and provide feedback to the students, especially with regard to communication and bedside skills.
  • USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and Hospital
  • Keck Hospital of USC
  • Children's Hospital Los Angeles
  • Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center
  • Keck Medical Center of USC satellite offices in Beverly Hills, La Canada, and Pasadena
  • Doctors of USC Downtown
  • Healthcare Consultation Centers I & II
  • Doheny Eye Institute
  • Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center
  • 11 other affiliated hospitals throughout Southern California
Keck Faculty Physicians
  • More than 500 physicians who are faculty members of the Keck School of Medicine.
  • A wide range of patient services offered - from the most complex therapies to primary care for the entire family.
  • Practice at numerous locations throughout Los Angeles and Southern California.
  • More than $275 million in annual sponsored program awards.
  • Research priorities include cancer, genetics, neuroscience, preventive medicine, stem cell/regenerative medicine, bioengineering, diabetes and obesity.
Research Facilities
  • Eli and Edythe Broad CIRM Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research
  • Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute
  • USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Harlyne J. Norris Cancer Research Tower
  • Doheny Eye Institute
  • Harlyne J. Norris Cancer Research Tower
  • Eli and Edythe Broad CIRM Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at USC (under construction)
  • Departmental laboratories
Research Institutes
  • USC Cardiac and Vascular Institute
  • Eli and Edythe Broad Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at USC
  • Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute
  • USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Eli and Edythe Broad Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at USC
  • Institute for Genetic Medicine
  • Institute for Global Health
  • Saban Research Institute at Children's Hospital Los Angeles
  • Institute for Health Promotion & Disease Prevention Research

Keck School of Medicine of USC Degree Programs :


  • Bachelor Degree
  • MBBS
  • Master Degree
  • MD Anaesthesiology
  • MD Anatomy
  • MD Biochemistry
  • MD Community Medicine
  • MD Dermatology
  • MD Emergency Medicine
  • MD General Medicine
  • MD Microbiology
  • MD Paediatrics
  • MD Pathology
  • MD Pharmacology
  • MD Physiology
  • MD Psychiatry
  • MD Radiodiagnosis
  • MD Skin & V.D
  • MD TB & Chest Diseases
  • MS Anatomy
  • MS ENT
  • MS General Surgery
  • MS Ophthalmology
  • MS Orthopaedics

Public Health

  • Master Degree
  • Master of Public Health

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USC Keck School of Medicine Class of 2010

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Address: University of Southern California, Health Sciences Campus, Los Angeles, CA 90089


(323) 442-1100

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