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

Joseph Skeate, PhD Student

Joseph Skeate

Joseph is a 4th year doctoral candidate in the Medical Biology program at the Keck School in the laboratory of Dr. Martin Kast. In 2011, Joseph enrolled in the master’s program in Molecular Microbiology and Immunology because of the emphasis that the program placed on carrying out research alongside the coursework…Read More »


Catherine Wang, MD

Catherine Wang

Catherine Wang is a third-year medical student at the Keck School of Medicine. During her time at Keck, Catherine has actively participated in the student community as co-president of the Dermatology Interest Group, research chair of non-profit organization UV&Me, an academic coach tutoring fellow medical students, and a peer counselor with Keck…
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Resident/Fellow

Fatuma Barqadle

Fatuma Barqadle

As a Virginia native, Dr. Fatuma Barqadle did all of her training in her home state, including medical school at the Virginia Commonwealth University and a pediatric residency at INOVA Children’s Hospital…Read More »

Staff

Teresa Cook

Teresa Cook

Teresa joined the Keck School of Medicine of USC in September 2009 as the Director of Student Services/Registrar. Her responsibilities include overseeing the staff, and supporting the Associate Deans in the admission, matriculation and graduation of medical students…
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Faculty

Grace Richter, MD, MPH

Grace Richter, MD, MPH

Dr. Grace Richter came to Keck as a visiting medical student and was immediately drawn to the intellectual yet friendly culture. USC was her first choice for ophthalmology residency, and she was fortunate to match and attend such a well-regarded, top program…
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Student

Brandon McFarlin, Student

 

Brandon is a second year Medical Biology Doctoral Student at KSOM. His academic career began at Bradley University in Peoria, IL earning a B.S. in Biochemistry. His research experience in mechanisms of stress response from Bradley University was complemented by his brief training…
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Resident/Fellow

Christopher Foran, Resident

Christopher Foran, Resident

 

Christopher Foran attended Temple University as an undergraduate and earned his M.D. from Jefferson Medical College. After graduating from medical school in 2013, he started work at the Naval Medical Center San Diego as a Lieutenant in the Medical Corps…
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Staff

Joyce Perez

Joyce Perez, Student Programs Manager

 

In her current role as Student Programs Manager, Joyce is responsible for directing the year-round operation of graduate programs for PIBBS (Programs in Biomedical and Biological Sciences), interdisciplinary PhD programs and basic science Master’s program. Her responsibilities include a variety of activities…
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Faculty

James Buxbaum

James Buxbaum, MD, Faculty

Over the past ten years Dr. James Buxbaum has developed an active clinical research program which is closely integrated with his teaching and clinical role as an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine and Endoscopy Director at the Los Angeles County Hospital.
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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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