The Keck School is only as strong as the individuals who make up this wonderfully dynamic school. Whether it’s students, faculty, residents, fellows or staff, hardworking and innovative individuals are the backbone of our institution. It is my honor to profile some of their accomplishments every month.

Student

Liza Raffi, Medical Student

Nominated by: Morgan Lee

Liza Raffi is second-year medical student at the Keck School of Medicine. Although she has not decided yet on what she would like to specialize in, over the past year she has found herself drawn to medicine-based specialties and community health. The research team…
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Resident/Fellow

Pamela Madu MD, Resident

Pamela Madu MD, Resident

Nominated by: Ashley Crew, MD, Assistant Professor of Clinical Dermatology and Residency Program Director

Pamela Madu is a first-year dermatology resident at USC and has been with LAC+USC since July 2018. Dr. Madu graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and her interests include dermatological conditions in skin of color, dermatopathology…
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Staff

Sara Katrdzhyan

Sara Katrdzhyan, Pre-Award Manager, Clinical Trials Office

Nominated by: Adena Gharaptyan, Contracts and Grants Administrator

Sara Katrdzhyan has been a part of the USC family since 2010 when she joined USC’s Clinical Trials Office (CTO) as a contract manager, responsible for negotiating contracts and budgets for industry sponsored clinical trials. Currently, she oversees the contracts group at the CTO responsible…
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Faculty

Caroline Hwang, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine

Nominated by: Michael Lieber, MD, Professor of Pathology; Rita and Edward Polusky Chair in Basic Cancer Research

As the director of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center at Keck Medical Center at USC, Dr. Hwang’s focus is on providing advanced multidisciplinary care to patients with Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis. She is a part of a team where gastroenterologists, colorectal surgeons, radiologists, pathologists…
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Student

Anna Ter-Zakarian

Nominated by: Elhae Nezami, PhD, Associate Dean for Undergraduate, Masters and Professional Programs

As part of the dual MD/MBA program with the Marshall School of Business, Anna conducted consulting projects in quality improvement initiatives for several healthcare institutions, including the Keck Hospital of USC, Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles (CHLA), and Kaiser Permanente…
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Resident/Fellow

D’Juan Farmer

Nominated by: Gage Crump, PhD, Professor of Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine

D’Juan Farmer is a postdoctoral fellow in the Crump lab at the Eli and Edythe Broad CIRM Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research. In the Crump lab, his aim is to uncover the mechanisms that control the establishment and maintenance of the stem cells…
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Staff

Meryl Leventhal

Nominated by: Dennis Deapen, DPH, Professor of Preventive Medicine

As the Data Collection Manager for the Los Angeles Cancer Surveillance Program (CSP), a unit within the Dehttps://www.youtube.com/partment of Preventive Medicine, Meryl is responsible for leading the data collection activities, which includes identifying all facilities in LA County…
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Faculty

Bhusan Desai

Nominated by: Edward Grant, MD, FACR, Professor and Chairman, Department of Radiology

Over the past decade, Dr. Desai has gone from being a student to his current role as the Vice Chair of Research in the Department of Radiology here at KSOM. He has found the entire experience to be very rewarding and fulfilling. He is honored to be leading the research division…
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