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From the Office of the Provost

Announcing Dr. Carolyn C. Meltzer as Dean of the Keck School of Medicine of USC

Dr. Meltzer comes to us from Emory University School of Medicine where she serves as chair of the Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences; executive associate dean of faculty academic advancement, leadership, and inclusion; and chief diversity and inclusion officer. She is a visionary and principled leader known for expanding the tent of the medical professions, mentoring students and faculty, and breaking new ground in cancer imaging and brain structure-function relationships.

About the Keck School of Medicine of USC

The Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California was established in 1885 as the region’s first medical school and the second professional school founded at USC.

In July 1999, the University of Southern California announced that it had received a gift of $110 million from the W.M. Keck Foundation—the largest gift ever made to a medical school at the time and the largest single gift ever made by the Keck Foundation. USC, which committed to raising $330 million in matching funds, renamed its medical school the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California to recognize the generosity of the foundation. The gift has enabled the Keck School to pursue strategic initiatives aimed at transforming the Keck School of Medicine to one of the most highly regarded and competitive medical schools in the nation. A large portion of the gift is being invested in the expansion of Keck School research efforts, including the new Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute. The Institute aims to expand scientific knowledge of the causes, progression and treatment of degenerative diseases of the brain, such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other debilitating illnesses.

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