Laura Mosqueda, MDLaura Mosqueda, MD

Dean, Keck School of Medicine of USC

May S. and John Hooval Dean’s Chair in Medicine

Professor of Family Medicine and Geriatrics


MD, University of Southern California

Residency, Glendale Adventist Medical Center/USC

Fellowship, Geriatric Medicine, Rancho Los Amigos/USC

Fellowship, Healthcare Leadership, University of California, San Francisco

Areas of Expertise

Family Medicine
Elder Abuse
Care of Elderly and Underserved Populations



aura Mosqueda, MD was appointed dean of the Keck School of Medicine of USC on May 1, 2018. Prior to her appointment as dean, Dr. Mosqueda, a professor of Family Medicine and Geriatrics and a professor at the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, served as associate dean of Primary Care and the chair of Family Medicine.

Before coming to the Keck School of Medicine of USC, Dr. Mosqueda worked at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine for 14 years. Starting as the director of the Program in Geriatrics, she occupied the Ronald W. Reagan Endowed Chair in Geriatrics and later served as the chair of Family Medicine and associate dean of Primary Care.

An accomplished physician and researcher, Dr. Mosqueda is a national and international expert on elder abuse and neglect. She has testified in front of Congress and has been invited to the White House several times to discuss elder justice initiatives. She has taken the lead on landmark studies to identify forensic markers of abuse and neglect. Mosqueda created the nation’s first Elder Abuse Forensic Center in 2006, a model that has been replicated across the United States. She works with community partners to implement changes that cross medical, social, mental health and criminal justice systems. She is the director of the National Center on Elder Abuse, a $2.95 million federally-funded initiative which focuses on information regarding policy, research, training, and resources related to the neglect and exploitation of older adults for policymakers, professionals, and the public.

Dr. Mosqueda served as the president of the Association of Directors of Geriatric Academic Programs from 2010-2013 and completed a two-year Healthcare Leadership Program fellowship through the California HealthCare Foundation in 2013. She served as a member of the Institute of Medicine Forum on Global Violence Prevention from 2013-2017.

Dr. Mosqueda has served as the principal investigator on multiple studies and projects funded by diverse groups including the National Institute of Health, National Institute of Justice, Administration for Community Living, and the John A. Hartford Foundation. She has contributed numerous publications to peer-reviewed journals and served as co-editor on four books about geriatric medicine.

In addition to Dr. Mosqueda’s leadership in clinical care and research, she has been actively involved in medical education. She has mentored medical students, graduate students, residents and clinical fellows. Graduating students awarded her the Gold Humanism in Medicine Award in 2009. At UC Irvine she was the principal investigator of a $2 million grant from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation which led to innovative and sustained curricular changes in geriatric education. At the Keck School of Medicine, she was the principal investigator of a $2.5 million federally funded grant on geriatric workforce enhancement across multiple disciplines. She has particular interest in care of vulnerable and underserved populations and precepts interprofessional health care students at a homeless shelter on Skid Row.

Professional Society Memberships

Academy of Violence and Abuse
American Association of Medical Colleges
American Academy of Family Practice
American Geriatrics Society
American Society on Aging
Gerontological Society of America
Society of Teachers of Family Medicine


Vanguard Award, June 2019
AGS 2019 Edward Henderson Award, May 2019
Rosalie S. Wolf Memorial Elder Abuse Prevention Award, September, 2018
Proyecto Pastoral’s 2018 Woman of Impact, May, 2018
Top Doctors of 2016, Pasadena Magazine, April, 2016
50 Most Remarkable Influencers in Aging, PBS’s Next Avenue, 2015
Best Doctor in America in Geriatric Medicine, Best Doctors, Inc., 2013
Outstanding Service Award, American Geriatrics Society, 2013
University of California, Irvine School of Medicine, Thomas C. Cesario Distinguished Clinician Award, 2013
“Physician of Excellence” by the Orange County Medical Association, 2013, 2009
U.S. Department of Justice Award for Professional Innovation in Victim Services, 2011
Orange County Chapter of the California Academy of Family Physicians, Physician of the Year Award, 2011
Gold Humanitarian Honor Society Advisor, UC Irvine School of Medicine, 2010, 2009
Department Chair/Division Chief Award for Excellence, UC Irvine School of Medicine, Office of Educational Affairs, 2010
CalOptima Circle of Care Provider Award, 2010
Women Leaders in Medicine Award, American Medical Student Association, 2010
Physician of Excellence in Geriatrics/Family Medicine Orange County Medical Association and Orange Coast Magazine, 2010
Best Doctor in America in Geriatric Medicine Best Doctors, Inc., 2010
Annual Outstanding Mentoring Award, UC Irvine Emeriti Association, 2009
ARISE Exemplary Performance Award, UC Irvine Medical Center, 2009