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Cancer |view more

7 Lessons from a Career in Neuro-oncology News

7 Lessons from a Career in Neuro-oncology

7 things I wish I had known when starting my neuro-oncology journey.

New Study Will Test If ‘Inoperable’ Pancreatic Tumors Can Be Safely Removed News

New Study Will Test If ‘Inoperable’ Pancreatic Tumors Can Be Safely Removed

Keck Medicine of USC researchers are investigating whether performing chemotherapy followed by a novel type of surgery is a viable treatment for patients with locally advanced pancreatic cancer.

Artificial Intelligence May Improve MRI Analysis for Prostate Cancer News

Artificial Intelligence May Improve MRI Analysis for Prostate Cancer

Keck Medicine of USC physicians are investigating whether artificial intelligence can raise the accuracy of the Prostate Imaging Reporting and Data System (PIRADS).

7 Lessons from a Career in Breast Cancer Surgery News

7 Lessons from a Career in Breast Cancer Surgery

As a breast surgical oncologist, I feel blessed I can help patients at a very critical point in time for them. Whenever medical students and beginning physicians ask me for advice, I tell them that while going through general surgery residency ...

Cardiovascular / Thoracic |view more

Ross Procedure Video

Ross Procedure

This is a case of an athletic 35-year-old patient who presented to his primary care physician complaining of frequent episodes of chest pain, palpitations, and syncope, which interferes with his daily life activities.

5 Ways Surgical Leaders Can Build and Maintain a Thriving Program News

5 Ways Surgical Leaders Can Build and Maintain a Thriving Program

Here are a few principles to remember for building your own exceptional program.

Normothermic Regional Perfusion Expands Organ Transplant Availability News

Normothermic Regional Perfusion Expands Organ Transplant Availability

A cutting-edge transplant approach utilizes organs from donors after circulatory death, creating the potential to meet the needs of heart and liver failure patients who would otherwise wait in limbo amid a growing need for transplants.

Treating Persistent Afib With Minimally Invasive TT-Maze Procedure News

Treating Persistent Afib With Minimally Invasive TT-Maze Procedure

The Totally Thoracoscopic (TT)-Maze procedure offers a safe, novel approach and can dramatically improve quality of life. Jonathan Praeger, MD, a cardiac surgeon with the USC Cardiac and Vascular Institute at Keck Medicine of USC, explains how.

Dermatology

Atopic Dermatitis Increases Risk of Suicide, Study Finds News

Atopic Dermatitis Increases Risk of Suicide, Study Finds

Atopic dermatitis (AD) is a chronic inflammatory skin disease affecting 18 million adults (7.2%) and 9.6 million children (13%) in the United States. Many psychiatric comorbidities are associated with AD.

Gastroenterology

Normothermic Regional Perfusion Expands Organ Transplant Availability News

Normothermic Regional Perfusion Expands Organ Transplant Availability

A cutting-edge transplant approach utilizes organs from donors after circulatory death, creating the potential to meet the needs of heart and liver failure patients who would otherwise wait in limbo amid a growing need for transplants.

Study Finds Link Between Metabolic Syndrome and Alcohol-Induced Liver Disease News

Study Finds Link Between Metabolic Syndrome and Alcohol-Induced Liver Disease

More than one-third of Americans have metabolic syndrome, a cluster of conditions that can increase a patient’s susceptibility to advanced liver disease. Findings from a new Keck Medicine of USC study explore how heavy drinking can contribute ...

Studying an Endoscopic Procedure’s Impact on Blood Glucose Levels in Type 2 Diabetes News

Studying an Endoscopic Procedure’s Impact on Blood Glucose Levels in Type 2 Diabetes

A new Phase 2 clinical trial will examine if an outpatient, nonsurgical endoscopic procedure can help patients stabilize blood glucose levels without the need for medication or insulin.

Consumption of Fast Food Linked to Liver Disease News

Consumption of Fast Food Linked to Liver Disease

Risk of liver damage is highest for those with obesity or diabetes, a new study from Keck Medicine of USC finds.

Neurosciences |view more

7 Lessons from a Career in Neuro-oncology News

7 Lessons from a Career in Neuro-oncology

7 things I wish I had known when starting my neuro-oncology journey.

Case Study: Asleep Deep Brain Stimulation Brings Relief to Patients with Movement Disorders News

Case Study: Asleep Deep Brain Stimulation Brings Relief to Patients with Movement Disorders

The USC Deep Brain Stimulation Center, part of Keck Medicine of USC, offers deep brain stimulation to patients while they are asleep, an option that may make patients more receptive to the procedure.

7 Ways Neurosurgery Leaders Can Deliver Excellence and Innovation News

7 Ways Neurosurgery Leaders Can Deliver Excellence and Innovation

As chair of Keck Medicine of USC’s Department of Neurological Surgery for 20 years, I have identified several strategies for keeping my department ahead of the innovation curve and delivering effective leadership.

Heart and Brain Health After Menopause: Clinical Trial Examines Protective Effect of Hormone Replacement Therapy News

Heart and Brain Health After Menopause: Clinical Trial Examines Protective Effect of Hormone Replacement Therapy

Keck Medicine of USC researchers are testing a unique therapy that may prevent or slow atherosclerosis and cognitive impairment when taken within six years of menopause.

Ophthalmology

Using AI Algorithms to Meet Growing Need for Glaucoma Detection News

Using AI Algorithms to Meet Growing Need for Glaucoma Detection

As glaucoma cases rise amid an impending shortage of eyecare specialists, a research initiative looks at artificial intelligence algorithms as a potential diagnostic tool.

How Could Intravitreal VEGF Target Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration More Effectively? News

How Could Intravitreal VEGF Target Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration More Effectively?

Could a New lntraocular Treatment Platform Offer Hope for Patients with Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration?

Orthopaedic surgery

Higher Blood Glucose Levels on Surgery Day Could Increase Infection Risk After Hip Replacement News

Higher Blood Glucose Levels on Surgery Day Could Increase Infection Risk After Hip Replacement

Researchers from Keck Medicine of USC identified the blood glucose levels that signal a greater likelihood of developing periprosthetic joint infections post-surgery.

Novel JAMA Study on Diabetic Foot Ulcers: Best Practices for Treatment and Prevention News

Novel JAMA Study on Diabetic Foot Ulcers: Best Practices for Treatment and Prevention

Diabetic foot ulcers are a “silent, sinister syndrome” that contribute to far too many amputations and deaths, said David G. Armstrong, DPM, PhD, a podiatric surgeon at Keck Medicine of USC.

Leadership Lessons from a Chair of Orthopaedic Surgery News

Leadership Lessons from a Chair of Orthopaedic Surgery

We have a tripartite mission in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Keck Medicine of USC: to provide excellent patient care, to advance patient care through research, and to train the next generation of surgeons.

Otolaryngology |view more

Voice Recovery Options After Total Laryngectomy: Which Is Best for a Patient? News

Voice Recovery Options After Total Laryngectomy: Which Is Best for a Patient?

Total laryngectomy patients have several options for regaining voice functioning. Ensuring best outcomes takes a team, explains Niels C. Kokot, MD, an otolaryngologist at the USC Head and Neck Center, part of USC Caruso Ear, Nose & Throat

Identifying a Lower Mortality Risk for Regular Hearing Aid Users News

Identifying a Lower Mortality Risk for Regular Hearing Aid Users

A new study by researchers with Keck Medicine of USC identified a 24% lower risk of death for hearing-loss participants who regularly used hearing aids. The correlation indicates the need for further understanding and promotion of the benefits of hearing care.

Case Study: Otolaryngologist’s Cultural Intuition Finds Source of Patient’s Hearing Loss News

Case Study: Otolaryngologist’s Cultural Intuition Finds Source of Patient’s Hearing Loss

Hearing loss may indicate a range of diagnoses and potential comorbidities. However, for some patients, cultural and environmental factors such as where a patient grew up may point to sources of hearing loss, including life-threatening cancers.

Delivering Effective Leadership: 10 Lessons from a Chair of Otolaryngology News

Delivering Effective Leadership: 10 Lessons from a Chair of Otolaryngology

What makes a capable clinical leader truly exceptional? The task may seem daunting, but the solutions are often simple.

Pushing the Envelope with Surgery to Restore Hearing: Notes from a Leading Otolaryngology Program News

Pushing the Envelope with Surgery to Restore Hearing: Notes from a Leading Otolaryngology Program

For the 500 million people worldwide who suffer from hearing loss, sounds and the ability to receive them are incredibly precious resources.

Case Study: Multi-Pronged Approach to Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Head and Neck News

Case Study: Multi-Pronged Approach to Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Head and Neck

A University of Southern California professor made an appointment with his primary care doctor at USC after a twinge in his neck became an ache, and then a lump. He was immediately referred to Uttam Sinha, MD, a head and neck cancer surgery ...

SPINE

Research at the USC Spine Center News

Research at the USC Spine Center

The USC Spine Center houses a robust research program that combines leading clinical, translational and basic science research on all aspects of spine care, including disc degeneration, spinal fusion, spinal tumors and spinal cord injury.

Treatment of adult scoliosis and deformity News

Treatment of adult scoliosis and deformity

Adults with scoliosis and other spinal deformities can benefit from the multidisciplinary approach offered at the USC Spine Center. Adults of any age can be treated for their scoliosis or back deformity. Patients receive coordinated care ...

Comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of spine tumors News

Comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of spine tumors

The USC Spine Center treats all patients with primary and metastatic spine tumors. Our physicians have a strong interest in treating patients with spine tumors as early as possible in the course of the disease. Patients can be successfully ...

Urology

Keck Medicine of USC urologists to perform world’s first bladder transplant News

Keck Medicine of USC urologists to perform world’s first bladder transplant

Urologists with Keck Medicine of USC have launched a clinical trial to perform the world’s first human bladder transplant. The trial is actively screening potential participants for this first-ever type of transplantation.

Surgery for Early Metastatic Testicular Cancer Proves Effective Alternative to Chemotherapy and Radiation News

Surgery for Early Metastatic Testicular Cancer Proves Effective Alternative to Chemotherapy and Radiation

Clinical trial results establish a new treatment option that may offer better outcomes than traditional therapies for patients with a slow-growing form of testicular cancer.

Case Study: Bladder Augmentation Surgery to Treat Neurogenic Bladder News

Case Study: Bladder Augmentation Surgery to Treat Neurogenic Bladder

Damage to the spinal cord, nerves, and complications from congenital or acquired neurological conditions used to mean a lifetime of progressive deterioration that would slowly weaken kidney function. Up until the last two decades, the ...

Treating Enlarged Prostate with Safe, Minimally Invasive Water Jet Ablation News

Treating Enlarged Prostate with Safe, Minimally Invasive Water Jet Ablation

USC Urology offers water jet ablation, a procedure that uses powerful water jets to safely remove unhealthy prostate tissue and does not impact the nearby anatomy tied to urinary control and sexual function.