Editorial Style Guide 2021-02-19T22:28:34+00:00

Editorial Style Guide for Keck Medicine of USC and the Keck School of Medicine of USC

Keck Medicine of USC and the Keck School of Medicine of USC use an editorial style guide primarily following Associated Press Style in its internal and external communication channels. Special exceptions are listed in this editorial style guide; if your question is not addressed, follow AP Style or American Medical Association Style.

Members of the USC community on USC IP addresses have free access to AP Style online through USC Libraries (https://libraries.usc.edu/databases/ap-stylebook). For off-site access, connect via the university’s VPN.

For further guidance, refer to Merriam-Webster.

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A

Abbreviations:

  • Acronyms may be used on second reference but try to use “the center,” “the institute” or simply a shortened version of the center or institute’s name if possible.
  • Do not use KSOM or KMC in external communications channels to indicate the Keck School of Medicine of USC, Keck Medical Center of USC or Keck Medicine of USC.
  • USC-VHH is acceptable on second reference.

Academic degrees:

  • Use academic degrees, not courtesy titles (Dr.), when referring to a person in Keck Medicine communications channels.
  • Do not use periods on degrees; use commas before and after the degree in a sentence
  • List degrees in a person’s first reference in descending order, with medical doctorates coming before PhDs. (Examples: Mark Humayun, MD, PhD; Donna Elliott, MD, EdD;Vassilios Papadopoulos, DPharm, PhD)
  • EXCEPTIONS: Paul Viviano does not want degrees listed after his name, Ed Crandall prefers PhD, MD

Alzheimer Disease Research Center: In San Diego, an NIH-designated center.

Alzheimer’s disease when not referring to a named institution. It is acceptable to follow first mention of Alzheimer’s disease with the parenthetical acronym (AD). This will make it acceptable to use “AD” upon second mention.

Alzheimer’s Therapeutic Research Institute of the Keck School of Medicine of USC: NOT NIH-designated. Use “the institute” on second reference.

Attribution (or Quotes):

  • Format generally should be noun-verb, “Sherrie said”, NOT “said Sherrie”.
  • Use the latter only when a description of the individual follows the name. (Example: “said Sherrie, a fourth-year medical student.”)
  • For HSC News, use last names only on second reference; use full names to avoid confusion if quoting people with the same last name (such as family members).
  • For magazine or blog, use Dr. [last name] for doctors and first name for patients.
  • HSC News story attributions are in past tense (said).
  • Magazine stories and blog posts are in present tense (says), except when describing a specific event in the past.

B

Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine:

  • Department name changed January 2017.
  • Full name is now Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine.
  • Please update any materials you come across that call the department “Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.”

Black:

  • When referring to people, capitalize “Black.”
  • When referring to the color (“black and white stripes on a zebra”), use lowercase.
  • Do not reference a person’s race unless it is relevant to the story (for example, instances of racism or health care disparities).
  • Refer to AP Style guide for more information on racial descriptors.

Buildings/Locations:

  • Do not use “clinic” when referring to ambulatory locations.
  • Preferred: office, location.
  • For specific location names, current convention is “Keck Medicine of USC – [city/neighborhood].” (Example: Keck Medicine of USC – Arcadia)
  • See Appendices for most current list of buildings on the HSC.

C

Captions:

  • If written in a sentence, captions should be in past tense for magazines, present tense for HSC News.
  • Photographer credit should be listed as (Photo/Name) for HSC News online.

Capitalization:

  • When writing about clinical offerings, capitalize department names, lowercase division names.
  • EXCEPTIONS: USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy; USC Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy.
  • Titles should be capitalized before names but not after.
  • Department names for the school are not capitalized unless you are using the full name. (Example: “Department of Medicine” vs. “assistant professor of medicine”)

Cell and Neurobiology: Obsolete. If you come across this department name, update to Integrative Anatomical Sciences.

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles:

  • CHLA on second reference
  • Some CHLA doctors are Keck doctors, but not all. Please make sure to verify before including or referencing them in a story.

Clinic:

  • Do not use when referring to ambulatory locations. Preferred: office, location
  • For ambulatory location names, current convention is “Keck Medicine of USC – [city/neighborhood].” (Example: Keck Medicine of USC – Arcadia)

Commas:

  • No Oxford/serial commas, even if it seems to add clarity.
  • In general, try to use commas judiciously.

COVID-19:

  • When using as a standalone, include all caps and “-19”
  • When describing someone’s COVID-19 status, drop the “-19” and hyphenate. (Examples: COVID-positive, COVID-negative)
  • “Coronavirus” not recommended, since there are several other types of coronavirus.
  • For more information, refer to the AP Style guide entry on COVID-19

D

Dashes and hyphens: Per AP Style:

  • Hyphens: Use hyphens as joiners, such as for compound modifiers: small-business owner.
  • AP also uses hyphens for ranges, such as Jan. 1-4, while some other styles use en dashes. There should be no spaces surrounding a hyphen.
  • En dashes: AP does not use en dashes. Some other styles call for en dashes to indicate ranges, such as ranges of dates or times, or with some compound modifiers. An en dash is about half the width of an em dash, approximating the width of a capital letter N.
  • Em dashes: They are used to signal abrupt change; as one option to set off a series within a phrase; before attribution to an author or composer in some formats; after datelines; and to start lists. AP style calls for a space on both sides of a dash in all uses except the start of sports agate summaries. An em dash is approximately the width of a capital letter M in the typeface being used.

Dates: Use AP Style for dates:

  • Abbreviate months from Aug. through Feb. Example: October 2016; Oct. 15, 2016 (note, no “th”).
  • Never abbreviated: March, April, May, June, July
  • For more information on dates, see AP Style guide.

Departments:

  • A complete list of departments is available in the Appendices below.
  • With academic departments, use capitalization for formal names (Example: Department of Radiology), but keep them in lower case if you’re mentioning them out of such a format (Example: assistant professor of radiology).
  • REMINDER: We do not capitalize the names of divisions.
    • EXCEPTIONS: USC Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy; Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy
    • To determine whether an academic subject is a department or division, go to keck.usc.edu and hover your cursor over the “Departments” tab near the top of the screen.
  • NOTE: Clinical groups are not called departments, but programs. See entry on programs for more information.

Department of Integrative Anatomical Sciences: Formerly “Cell and Neurobiology.”

Disease names:

  • Lower-cased unless it includes a proper name, such as Alzheimer’s disease or the Ebola virus.
  • If unsure, Google origin of the disease to determine whether it was named after a person or place.

Distinguished Professor: This university designation should always be listed first and capitalized. (Example: Vaughn Starnes, MD, Distinguished Professor and chair of the Department of Surgery and H. Russell Smith Foundation Chair for Stem Cell and Cardiovascular Thoracic Research)

Divisions:

  • A complete list of divisions is available in the Appendices below.
  • Lower-cased (including clinical).
  • EXCEPTIONS: USC Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy; Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy
  • To quickly determine whether an academic program is a division, find the program on keck.usc.edu and look for “division” in the URL.

Doctors:

  • For HSC News, use MD (no periods) instead of Dr. with names (Example: Inderbir S. Gill, MD, NOT Dr. Inderbir S. Gill).
  • On second reference, use last name only.
  • For magazine, blog and other patient-facing communications, start with MD.
  • On second reference, use “Dr. [Last Name].”

E

Eli and Edythe Broad Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Biology at USC: The official name for the USC Stem Cell research Institute. USC Stem Cell acceptable on second reference. When referring to the building, use “Broad CIRM Center” instead.

F

Flier vs. Flyer: Per AP Style, use “flyer” to describe a handbill

G

Genes:

  • Human genes are all in uppercase italics (example: AFP).
  • Mouse and rat gene symbols are italicized, with only the first letter in uppercase (example: Gfap).

H

Harold E. and Henrietta C. Lee Women’s Health Center at the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center: Lee Women’s Health Center acceptable on second reference.

Harry and Celesta Pappas Quad: Commonly known as “the Pappas Quad,” which is acceptable upon second reference.

Headlines: 

  • For HSC News, write headlines in sentence case.
  • For blog, put them in title case.
  • For alumni emails, use title case.
  • For magazine, use title case in general, but check parallel prior issues for exceptions.

Health care: Two words unless it’s a proper name (Norris Healthcare Center).

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act: HIPAA on second reference. Each patient interview requires a signed HIPAA form from the patient.

Health Sciences Campus: Located north of downtown Los Angeles in Lincoln Heights/Boyle Heights. Includes the Keck School of Medicine of USC main campus, Keck Medical Center of USC, and several surrounding buildings including doctor offices and the Soto St. buildings.

Historic General Hospital: used to refer to old County hospital building.

Hyphens (including compound words):

  • Avoid hyphenation and line breaks for proper names in print.
  • Use hyphens as joiners, such as for compound modifiers: small-business owner. AP also uses hyphens for ranges, such as Jan. 1-4, while some other styles use en dashes. There should be no spaces surrounding a hyphen.
  • In 2019, AP Style removed hyphens for dual heritage terms (African American, Asian American) and for commonly recognized modifiers, like “chocolate chip cookie” and “first quarter touchdown.”
  • Per AP style: “Generally, use a hyphen in modifiers of three or more words: a know-it-all attitude, black-and-white photography, a sink-or-swim moment, a win-at-all-costs approach. Consider carefully, though, before deciding to use more than three modifiers.
  • Generally, when dealing with compound words, use the following formats:
    • For verbs, split up the two words.
    • For nouns, consolidate into one word.
    • For adjectives or modifiers, hyphenate the components.
  • For more information, see dashes and hyphens.

I

Indigenous: Now generally preferred by the group in question for global references, and as a second option to American Indian. See AP Style guide for more on race and ethnicity descriptions, updated June 2020.

Integrative Anatomical Sciences: Department formerly known as Cell and Neurobiology.

Italics: Generally not used except in special circumstances.

K

KeckCare: Obsolete term for myUSCchart. Do not use.

Keck Medical Center of USC:

  • On second reference, Keck Medical Center.
  • Includes Keck Hospital of USC, USC Norris Cancer Hospital and other Keck Medicine patient care areas on the Health Sciences Campus.
  • “USC” never precedes the “Keck” name.
  • “USC” is always referenced at the end of a name that includes “Keck.” The preposition before USC is always “of,” never “at.”

Keck Medicine of USC:

  • On second reference, Keck Medicine.
  • Refers to the health system, which includes Keck Medical Center of USC, USC Verdugo Hills Hospital, offsite ambulatory locations, research centers, et al.
  • “USC” never precedes the “Keck” name.
  • “USC” is always referenced at the end of a name that includes “Keck.” The preposition before USC is always “of,” never “at.”

Keck School of Medicine of USC:

  • On second reference, the Keck School, the medical school.
  • Do not use “Keck” by itself to refer to the medical school.
  • NEVER use KSOM externally or in official correspondence. This means avoiding usage in HSC News, blogs, magazine articles, etc.
  • Use “the” in front of the school name in a sentence, regardless of whether using the full name or just “the Keck School.”
  • “USC” never precedes the “Keck” name. The preposition before USC is always “of,” never “at.” When referencing the USC School of Medicine vs. Keck School of Medicine: Editorially, even when writing about the Keck School before the naming gift, we still refer to it as the Keck School. Exceptions are made only when chronology is especially important, or when it could be exceedingly confusing to the reader. Exceptions should be reviewed before publishing.

L

Languages:

  • Foreign languages are not italicized in publications.
  • Proper names (Keck Medicine of USC, USC Verdugo Hills Hospital) don’t get translated.
  • Sentence case is preferred for program names that are translated.

Leadership: For clinical and academic leadership, see Appendices.

Lee Women’s Health Center: Second reference/informal name for Harold E. and Henrietta C. Lee Women’s Health Center at the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Levels:

  • Each level designation has its own style based on the governing board
  • Most common usage is to capitalize Level and use Roman numerals for the number (Level I trauma center, Level III neonatal intensive care unit)

Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center: LAC+USC on second reference

Los Angeles Kings: On second reference, LA Kings (no periods)

N

Norris: Can refer to: Norris Healthcare Center (HC3), USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, USC Norris Cancer Hospital, and other entities throughout the organization including the word “Norris.” Never use “Norris” alone.

Numbers:

  • Use AP Style for numerals: spell out numbers under 10 in most cases. EXCEPTIONS: ages, rankings and percentages.
  • Per NCI website, use Roman numerals for cancer, numbers for trials. (Examples: Stage I, II, III, IV; clinical trials Phase 1, 2, 3, 4)

O

Obituaries:

  • For Keck School faculty and staff, primarily produced by Office of Faculty Affairs.
  • Higher-profile obituaries are produced in concert with Marketing and Communications and Central Communications representatives.
  • When publishing obituaries on HSC News, start headline with “In Memoriam:” and publish with the best photo of the deceased available.

OB/GYN: Acceptable in all uses for obstetrics and gynecology. NOTE: This is a departure from AP Style, which uses a dash.

Orthopaedic Surgery:

  • Official academic name is the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.
  • As with most clinical departments, clinical name is USC – Orthopaedic Surgery.
  • Note spelling of orthopaedic; should be used with “ae” in all cases unless a proper name (EXCEPTION: U.S. News & World Report ranks it as orthopedic surgery).

P

Pappas Quad: Common name and second-reference name for the Harry and Celesta Pappas Quad on the Keck School main campus.

Percents: Per current AP Style, use the % sign with no space between the numeral and percent. Continue to spell out “percent” in casual usage (Example: She said he has a zero-percent chance of winning.)

Periods: Generally follow AP Style. Periods are used in telling time (a.m. and p.m.) but are not used in academic degrees (MD and PhD).

Phone numbers:

  • Use parentheses for area code, then space, then a dash in the phone number: (323) 442-2830.
  • Patient-facing publications should always use (800) USC-CARE.
  • EXCEPTION: Use the main hospital line for USC-VHH publications: (818) 790-7100.
  • For other (physician-facing, etc.), put direct clinic number.

Preoperative, Postoperative: Without hyphens, per the AP Style Guide.

Primary Care Physician Assistant Program:

  • Full name on first reference
  • Physician assistant (PA) on second reference
  • USC PA Pipeline Program is acceptable on all references

Programs: 

  • How we refer to most departments on the clinical side.
  • A complete list of programs is available at https://www.keckmedicine.org/medical-services-and-programs/.
  • Usually listed as “USC – [Program].” (Example: USC – Urology)
  • When listing with Keck Medicine, format as: Keck Medicine’s USC — [program name].
  • EXCEPTIONS: Otolaryngology (which is The USC Caruso Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery) and (for now) the Department of Surgery

Protester: Preferred over “protestor,” per AP Style.

Punctuation:

  • Generally follow AP Style.
  • Pay attention to hyphenation with adverbs (minimally invasive procedure — no hyphen because it is an adverb that ends in “ly”). See “hyphens” entry for more information on hyphens.
  • Use specialized characters when appropriate, such as á or ñ.

Q

Quotes (also known as Attribution):

  • Format generally should be noun-verb, “Sherrie said”, NOT “said Sherrie”.
  • Use the latter only when a description of the individual follows the name. (Example: “said Sherrie, a fourth-year medical student.”)
  • For HSC News, use last names only on second reference; use full names to avoid confusion if quoting people with the same last name (such as family members).
  • For magazine or blog, use Dr. [last name] for doctors and first name for patients.
  • HSC News story attributions are in past tense (said).
  • Magazine stories and blog posts are in present tense (says), except when describing a specific event in the past.

R

Race-related terms:

  • As of Dec. 2020, minority races and ethnicities are capitalized, but “white” still is not.
  • See AP Style guide for more information on race and ethnicity descriptions, updated June 2020.

S

Says, said:

  • Says is used in magazine and blog articles.
  • Said is used in event coverage and HSC News.

Second references: This term refers to subsequent references to an organization or individual within a story. Can be an acronym or abbreviation, or can be generic term (Example: “the institute”)

Spanish:

  • Proper names (Keck Medicine of USC, USC Verdugo Hills Hospital) don’t get translated.
  • Sentence case is preferred for program names that are translated.

States: Use postal abbreviations (CA, NV, AZ), rather than AP Style (California, Nevada, Arizona).

Stem Cell:

  • Full name: Eli and Edythe Broad Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at USC
  • Second and subsequent references: USC Stem Cell
  • The research center name does not include CIRM
  • The building name does include CIRM: Eli and Edythe Broad CIRM Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at USC
  • For building, CIRM on second reference

Stroke Center:

  • Roxanna Todd Hodges Comprehensive Stroke Center and Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) Program at Keck Medicine of USC
  • Second reference: the stroke center

Subheads:

  • Use sentence case.
  • When possible, subheads written like sentences (subject+verb+object), but do not punctuate at the end.

Symbols: Do not use symbols (copyright, registration marks, etc.) in editorial copy.

T

Tendonitis: Preferred over tendinitis

That, which, who:

  • Use “that” for essential clauses.
  • Use “which” for non-essential clauses, preceded by a comma.
  • Use “who” for humans (Example: a patient who is…)

Titles (of people; for pieces of writing, see headlines):

  • Capitalize before a name, lowercase afterward. EXCEPTIONS: Distinguished Professor and University Professor
  • Clinical titles should be listed first, followed by Keck School (faculty) titles.
  • To avoid an overly long title reference after a person is first mentioned, it’s usually a good idea to list their clinical title in first mention, then the academic title the next time they’re mentioned.
  • If someone has an incredibly long list of titles, pick the most important two or three and stick to those. We don’t have to reprint their resume, so to speak.
  • Titles and degrees should be independently verified, regardless of source of original article. USC Directory is the primary source of truth for faculty titles but should be verified by the Keck School Faculty Affairs office.
  • In general, try to avoid long titles before names. This often can be accomplished by using a partial title on first reference and then including the full title later: “Keck School of Medicine of USC Dean Laura Mosqueda said that medical students …”; then “Mosqueda, who also is May S. and John H. Hooval Dean’s Chair in Medicine, said …” on second or third reference
  • “Clinical” before or after the rank: Different promotional tracks have different titles.
    • Assistant professor of Clinical is on the “Clinical” track
    • Clinical Assistant Professor is on the Clinician Educator or Practitioner track
  • University designation should always be listed before a school title and capitalized. (Example: Inderbir Gill, MD, Distinguished Professor of Urology and chair, Catherine and Joseph Aresty Department of Urology)

U

USC Stem Cell: see Stem Cell.

United States: Spell out Unites States on first reference, then abbreviate to U.S. on second reference. EXCEPTION: “US” (no periods) is acceptable in headlines.

U.S. News & World Report:

  • First reference: Use periods and ampersand
  • Second reference or in a headline: U.S. News (with periods)

University Professor: University designation should always be listed before a school title and capitalized. (Example: Mark S. Humayun, MD, PhD, University Professor of Ophthalmology; Cornelius J. Pings Chair in Biomedical Sciences; director, Institute for Biomedical Therapeutics; director, USC Roski Eye Institute; director of Sensory Science Initiatives)

Catherine and Joseph Aresty Department of Urology:

  • Use full academic department name on first reference.
  • Department of Urology acceptable on second reference.
  • Clinical department name is USC – Urology.

USC:

  • University of Southern California on first reference in external communications
  • USC is acceptable for all references in internal communications.
  • “USC” never precedes the “Keck” name.
  • “USC” is always referenced at the end of a name that includes “Keck” on first use.
  • The preposition before USC is always “of,” never “at.” (Example: Welcome to the Keck School of Medicine of USC.)

USC Caruso Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery: second reference/shortened version of USC Tina and Rick Caruso Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery.

USC Caruso Family Center for Childhood Communication: Due to multiple donations from the Carusos, shortened versions of this name are not recommended. However, “the center” is acceptable.”

USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy: 

  • Second-reference and commonly used name for USC Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy.
  • Use full name on first reference.
  • USC Chan Division is also acceptable on second reference.

USC Dr. Allen and Charlotte Ginsburg Institute for Biomedical Therapeutics: USC Ginsburg Institute acceptable on second reference and in headlines.

USC Gayle and Edward Roski Eye Institute: USC Roski Eye Institute is acceptable upon second reference and in informal communications.

USC Ginsburg Institute: The shorter, headline- and second-reference-friendly version of the USC Dr. Allen and Charlotte Ginsburg Institute for Biomedical Therapeutics.

USC Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy: USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy and USC Chan Division are both acceptable upon second reference and in informal communications.

USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center:

  • Refers to both clinical and research arm of the Keck School of Medicine of USC.
  • On second reference, the cancer center and USC Norris are both acceptable.
  • Never use “Norris” as a standalone when referring to the cancer center or the cancer hospital.
  • “USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center” can mean either the research institute, the hospital or both combined.
  • Only call out “USC Norris Cancer Hospital” in very limited capacity, specifically when talking about specific clinical services offered in the hospital setting.

USC PA Pipeline Program: used on all references to refer to the physician assistant pipeline program

USC Roski Eye Institute: Shortened/second-reference name for USC Gayle and Edward Roski Eye Institute.

USC Stevens Hall for Neuroimaging: USC Stevens Hall on second reference

USC Mark and Mary Stevens Neuroimaging and Informatics Institute:

  • USC Stevens Neuroimaging and Informatics Institute is acceptable on second reference.
  • Cannot be shortened to USC Stevens because of multiple Stevens gifts to USC
  • INI is used for internal communications only. Do not use externally.

USC Tina and Rick Caruso Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery:

  • USC Caruso Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery is acceptable on second reference.
  • Cannot be shortened to USC Caruso for second reference because of multiple Caruso gifts to USC.

USC Verdugo Hills Hospital:

  • USC-VHH on second reference
  • Remember: Not all USC-VHH doctors are Keck Medicine doctors. Make sure to check before featuring a doctor from this hospital (this can be done by Googling the doctor’s name + Keck, or by checking the USC Faculty Directory).

USC Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute: No shortened versions of name approved for second reference, but “the institute” is acceptable.

Appendices

Types of Care Available:

Keck Medicine offers an extensive list of programs and medical services. Notably, we do not offer emergency services at the Health Sciences Campus, though they are available nearby at our affiliate LAC+USC.

A full list of programs and medical services is available at https://www.keckmedicine.org/medical-services-and-programs. Please bookmark the page for easy future reference.

Buildings/Locations (for health care and academics)

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA)
Health Sciences Campus (HSC), which includes the Keck School campus and Keck Medical Center of USC (Keck Medical Center)
Keck Hospital of USC, on the HSC
Keith Administration Building, (KAM internally)
Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center (LAC+USC)
Norris Healthcare Center (HC3), part of the HSC. Not to be confused with USC Norris Cancer Hospital, which is a block or so away
USC Norris Cancer Hospital, part of USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, located on the HSC
USC Verdugo Hills Hospital, USC-VHH
Willametta Keck Day Healthcare Center (HC2), part of the HSC

A complete list of our ambulatory locations is available at https://www.keckmedicine.org/locations/Please bookmark this page for easy future reference.

Keck Medicine Centers

Harold E. and Henrietta C. Lee Breast Center at the USC Norris Cancer Hospital
Harold E. and Henrietta C. Lee Women’s Health Center at the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center
National Center on Elder Abuse
USC Center on Elder Mistreatment
USC Memory and Aging Center: Also known as the Memory and Aging Center at Keck Medicine of USC. This is the umbrella organization with a state and federal mandate to educate people about memory loss and aging. The center comprises the NIH-funded USC Alzheimer Disease Research Center, the two California Alzheimer’s Disease Centers and the memory clinic.
USC Spine Center

Keck School Centers and Programs

Alzheimer Disease Research Center
Biomimetic MicroElectronic Systems
Center for Applied Molecular Medicine
Center for Applied Network Analysis
Center for Genetic Epidemiology
Center for Health Equity in the Americas
Center for Image Acquisition
Center for Integrative Connectomics
Center for Molecular Pathways and Drug Discovery
MESH Academy
Research Center for Liver Diseases
Southern California Environmental Health Sciences Center and Children’s Environmental Health Center
USC Gehr Family Center for Health Systems Science
USC Hastings Center for Pulmonary Research
USC Imaging Genetics Center
USC Neurorestoration Center
USC/UKRO Kidney Research Center

Keck School Departments

Department of Anesthesiology
Department of Dermatology
Department of Emergency Medicine
Department of Family Medicine
Department of Medicine
Department of Neurology
Department of Neurological Surgery
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Department of Ophthalmology
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
USC Tina and Rick Caruso Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery (Second reference: USC Caruso Department of…) — note use of en dash, with spaces, no ampersand
Department of Pathology
Department of Pediatrics
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Department of Radiation Oncology
Department of Radiology
Department of Surgery
Catherine and Joseph Aresty Department of Urology

Basic Science

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine
Department of Integrative Anatomical Sciences
Department of Medical Education
Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology
Department of Physiology and Biophysics
Department of Preventive Medicine
Department of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine
Department of Translational Genomics

Keck School Divisions

Under Emergency Medicine:
emergency medicine research
global emergency medicine
pediatric emergency medicine
toxicology

Under Medicine:
cardiovascular medicine
endocrinology and diabetes
gastrointestinal and liver diseases
geriatric, hospital, palliative and general internal medicine
hematology
infectious diseases
nephrology and hypertension
oncology
pulmonology, critical care and sleep medicine
rheumatology

Under Obstetrics and Gynecology:
obstetrics, gynecology and gynecologic sub-specialties
gynecologic oncology
female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery
maternal fetal medicine and fetal surgery
complex family planning fellowship program
reproductive endocrinology and infertility

Under Radiology:
body imaging
breast imaging
emergency radiology
musculoskeletal radiology
neuroradiology
nuclear medicine
vascular and interventional radiology

Under Surgery:
cardiac surgery
colorectal surgery
hepatobiliary, pancreas and abdominal transplant surgery
pediatric surgery
plastic and reconstructive surgery
thoracic surgery
acute care surgery and surgical critical care
upper GI and general surgery
vascular surgery

Affiliated School Divisions:
USC Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
USC Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy

Keck School Institutes

Institutes are a level of entity determined by the University that have a strong multidisciplinary and research focus. Names can include “institute” or “center” — Broad Center, or Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute — but both of them are equal in terms of university-sanctioned institutes.

Alzheimer’s Therapeutic Research Institute
The Diabetes and Obesity Research Institute
Eli and Edythe Broad Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at USC
USC Mark and Mary Stevens Neuroimaging and Informatics Institute
Southern California Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute
USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center
Institute of Translational Genomics at Keck Medicine of USC
Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute

Affiliated Institutes: 

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Saban Research Institute

Keck Medicine of USC Leadership

C-level leadership and directors:

Rod Hanners, Interim Chief Executive Officer, Keck Medicine of USC
Marty Sargeant, Interim Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Keck Medical Center of USC, USC Norris Cancer Hospital
Stephanie Hall, MD, MHA, Chief Medical Officer, Keck Medical Center of USC
Eric Strucko, PhD, MPA, MPH, MPP,
Chief Financial Officer, Keck Medicine of USC
Lisa Joins, Executive Administrator, Human Resources, Keck Medicine of USC
Felipe Osorno, Executive Administrator, Continuum of Care Operations and Value Improvement, Keck Medicine of USC
Annette Sy, RN, MSN, DNP, Chief Nursing Officer, Keck Medical Center of USC
Brenda Dudley, RN, BSN, CNOR, MBA, Executive Administrator, Perioperative Services, Keck Medical Center of USC, USC Norris Cancer Hospital
Brooke Baldwin-Rodriguez, DNP, RN, NE-BC, Associate Chief Nursing Officer, Keck Hospital of USC

Additionally:

Caryn Lerman, PhD, Director, USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center
Christopher Loertscher, MA, Chief Administrative Officer, USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center

Armand Dorian, MD, MMM, Chief Medical Officer and Interim Chief Executive Officer, USC-VHH
Kenny Pawlek, MS, MBA, Chief Operating Officer
Jason Kell, Associate Chief Financial Officer
Theresa Murphy, RN, MSHA, Chief Nursing Officer

Keck School of Medicine of USC Leadership

Presidents and deans

Narsing Rao, MD: interim dean of the Keck School of Medicine of USC
Carol Folt PhD: USC President. Chief of Staff is Rene Pak.
Charles F. Zukoski, PhD: USC Provost. For quote approval, contact Beth Shuster.
Donna Elliott, MD, EdD: vice dean for medical education
Glenn Ault, MD: senior associate dean for clinical administration
Judy A. Garner, PhD: vice dean for faculty affairs
Kathryn Carrico:
vice president for health sciences advancement
Ted Budge, MS:
 senior associate dean and chief operating officer
Thomas A. Buchanan, MD: vice dean for research

Affiliated Schools

Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC
USC School of Pharmacy

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