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Cancer |view more

6 Things to Know When Starting a Career in Oncology News

6 Things to Know When Starting a Career in Oncology

Six important lessons I wish I had known at the beginning of my nearly 20-year career as a physician-scientist.

Identifying a New Diagnostic Test for Early-Stage Ovarian Cancer News

Identifying a New Diagnostic Test for Early-Stage Ovarian Cancer

A new study led by USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center developed a liquid biopsy that may distinguish between cancerous and benign pelvic masses with up to 91% accuracy. These earlier insights could help improve choices about course of treatment.

CASE STUDY: Treating Early-Stage Metastatic Testicular Cancer with Surgery Alone News

CASE STUDY: Treating Early-Stage Metastatic Testicular Cancer with Surgery Alone

The adaptation of an established surgical treatment for metastatic non-seminoma allows most patients with similar stage seminoma to avoid the long-term risks of chemotherapy or radiation therapy.

Using Virtual Reality to Ease Psychological Impact of Cancer Treatment News

Using Virtual Reality to Ease Psychological Impact of Cancer Treatment

Jacek Pinski, MD, a medical oncologist with the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, part of Keck Medicine of USC, has launched a pilot study focusing on the impact of virtual reality on the psychological well-being of cancer patients.

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 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.

Utilizing a Biological Aging Biomarker to Predict Spine Surgery Outcomes News

Utilizing a Biological Aging Biomarker to Predict Spine Surgery Outcomes

A new pilot study led by a USC Spine Center surgeon identified an association between shortened telomere length and postoperative complications after major spine surgery. These results could lead to a new future of risk assessment by studying ...

Improving Long-Term Mobility After Stroke with Vagus Nerve Stimulation News

Improving Long-Term Mobility After Stroke with Vagus Nerve Stimulation

Keck Medicine of USC has performed the world’s first VNS implantation for a stroke recovery patient outside of a clinical trial, offering new hope for others whose rehab has plateaued.

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

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.

Potential Relief for Osteoarthritis Moves to Clinical Trial After Animal Studies News

Potential Relief for Osteoarthritis Moves to Clinical Trial After Animal Studies

A drug compound’s positive effects in mice and other animal models give researchers hope for its potential in upcoming trials with humans.

Otolaryngology |view more

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 ...

Cochlear implant advancements to include music recognition capabilities News

Cochlear implant advancements to include music recognition capabilities

While cochlear implants restore substantial hearing, they can’t compete with the body’s natural hearing ability. Rehabilitation is required once the device is implanted in order to train the brain to recognize speech through the implant’s ...

SPINE

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 ...

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.

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.