Physician Recruits Accelerate Momentum

Keck Medicine of USC is pursuing excellence in every realm as we continue to expand. We are accomplishing this goal by recruiting faculty who are excellent clinicians, researchers and educators with a passion for providing the highest levels of patient care with utmost regard and compassion for each individual and family. In the past five years alone, we have recruited aggressively to complement the extraordinary team of physicians who have already built excellent programs and continue to make major contributions to increase the sophistication and size of Keck Medicine of USC. Together, our nearly 600 physicians provide outstanding care to this region and are leaders in advancing medical science internationally.
In addition to supporting the clinical leaders who work hard to enhance current programs, we are hiring top-tier talent from leading academic medical centers. The result of these efforts will be the emergence of additional internationally recognized clinical programs. For you, this means ready access to teams of gifted physicians from the full spectrum of specialties and subspecialities who can meet all your needs for medical care.

While we could cite myriad individuals and achievements throughout many clinical departments, we feature on this site the appointments of chairs and directors since 2008 — and their physician hires since July 2012 who see patients at Keck Medicine of USC.

New Medical Leadership since 2008

Laura Mosqueda, MD,is a widely respected authority on geriatric and family medicine, elder abuse, and care of the elderly and underserved. She comes to USC from the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine where she served as associate dean of primary care, chair and professor of family medicine and geriatrics, and holder of the the Ronald W. Reagan Endowed Chair in Geriatrics. She is the principal investigator for a major Health and Human Services-funded study that addresses primary and secondary prevention of the abuse of people who have a dementing illness, and is the leader of numerous other activities related to elder justice.
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  • Dr. Rohit Varma

Rohit Varma, MD, MPH, an accomplished physician-scientist, is recognized worldwide as a visionary leader in the epidemiology of eye diseases. He rejoined USC in February 2014 as director of the USC Eye Institute, professor of ophthalmology and preventive medicine and as the holder of the Grace and Emery Beardsley Chair in Ophthalmology.
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Eric L. Chang, MD, MPH, an internationally recognized authority in radiotherapeutic evaluation and the management of patients, was appointed professor and chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology at the Keck School of Medicine of USC in September 2011. He also serves as chief of radiation oncology at the USC Norris Cancer Hospital, Keck Hospital and Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. Chang came from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, where he produced research on brain metastasis that is starting to change the practice patterns for metastatic brain disease.
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Rahul Doshi, MD, an expert in all areas of electrophysiology, including complex ablation and implantable device therapy, joined USC in June 2013 as director of electrophysiology in the division of cardiovascular medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. Doshi most recently served as director of electrophysiology at UC Irvine and St. Jude Medical Center. His primary interests are in therapies for atrial fibrillation and heart failure.
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Inderbir Gill, MD, an internationally recognized leader in the field of robotic and laparoscopic surgery for urologic cancers, came to USC from Cleveland Clinic in 2008 as chairman and professor of the Catherine and Joseph Aresty Department of Urology and founding executive director of the USC Institute of Urology. He is the world leader in laparoscopic partial nephrectomy and cryoablation for kidney cancer.
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Sean O. Henderson, MD, a nationally recognized leader in research on acute medical emergency conditions and a highly respected clinician-educator and administrator, was named chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine in January 2012. Henderson is considered a national leader in the descriptive epidemiology of acute emergency medical conditions, especially those affecting minority and underserved populations.
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Jay R. Lieberman, MD, is an internationally recognized clinician and researcher known as a leading authority on total joint arthroplasty and the treatment of osteonecrosis of the hip. He joined the Keck School of Medicine of USC in September 2012 as professor and chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery after serving in a similar role at the University of Connecticut Health Center.
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John C. Liu, MD, one of the country’s preeminent specialists in intricate and minimally invasive spine surgery, joined USC in February 2013 as professor of neurosurgery at the Keck School of Medicine at USC and co-director of the USC Spine Center at Keck Medicine of USC. Liu, who came to USC from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, is researching innovative technologies and techniques for the treatment of conditions such as spinal deformities, scoliosis and spinal cord injuries.
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David H. Peng, MD, MPH, a widely respected authority on melanoma, contact dermatitis and inpatient dermatological care, rejoined USC in April 2013 as chair of the Department of Dermatology. Peng returned to the Keck School of Medicine of USC after spending the past three years at Stanford University School of Medicine. His research examines how environmental ultraviolet exposure affects production of melanin, the pigment in skin.
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D. Brent Polk, MD, a distinguished researcher and clinician, was named chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, and chair of pediatrics and vice president of academic affairs at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles in April 2010. Polk, who came to USC from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., serves as professor of pediatrics and biochemistry and molecular biology at the Keck School. Polk’s research focuses on epidermal growth factor and tumor necrosis factor receptor family member signaling mechanisms leading to proliferation, differentiation or migration of intestinal cells and the relationship between inflammation and how tumors grow.
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Michael Selsted, MD, PhD, an internationally known scholar and biomedical entrepreneur, was named chair of the Department of Pathology in February 2009. Selsted came to the Keck School of Medicine of USC from the University of California, Irvine, where he held the Warren L. Bostick Endowed Chair in Pathology. Selsted’s research has focused on defensins, antimicrobial peptides produced by the body that provide a first line of defense against potentially invasive pathogens. His discoveries have resulted in more than 20 U.S. patents, and he has co-founded three biomedical startup companies.
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Jeffrey C. Wang, MD, a renowned spine surgeon, joined USC as co-director of the USC Spine Center, a multidisciplinary program offering comprehensive services for spinal disorders. Formerly chief of the orthopaedic spine service, vice chair of clinical operations, and professor of surgery and neurosurgery at UCLA, Wang is now chief of orthopaedic spine surgery at the Keck Medical Center and professor of orthopaedic surgery and neurosurgery at the Keck School of Medicine.
Learn more about Dr. Wang