Puliafito tapped for second term as Keck School dean
USC President C. L. Max Nikias has offered Carmen A. Puliafito a second five-year term as dean of the Keck School of Medicine of USC, an offer that he has accepted.
In a June 4 announcement, Elizabeth Garrett, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, said the decision followed a review of Puliafito’s leadership of the school, which consisted of a survey sent to full-time faculty and staff, including residents and postdoctoral research associates.
Garrett stated that the feedback she received recognized Puliafito’s commitment to the future of the Keck School.
Foremost among his accomplishments, Garrett said, “has been his instrumental role in the appointments of transformative faculty who help USC achieve academic excellence and influence, not only through their own work, but by serving as catalysts for consequential research and innovative teaching. Many of these faculty were recruited by the dean to serve as directors of leading centers and institutes and as key department chairs. Working with the Keck School’s Faculty Council, Dr. Puliafito has adopted a regular review system for department chairs, which will involve faculty input.”
Garrett also singled out Puliafito’s leadership “during the crucial period while the hospitals were acquired, the practice plans were integrated and a revised operating agreement was reached with Los Angeles County regarding LAC+USC.”
She added that faculty responses highlighted “the full accreditation of the medical school by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education and the increase in research funding during his tenure … as other significant achievements. Others took note of the transformative gift made by the W. M. Keck Foundation and the dean’s involvement in USC’s historic fundraising campaign.”
Garrett congratulated Puliafito on continuing in the vital role.
“I am confident he will continue to make significant contributions to the university and the Keck School of Medicine of USC,” she said.
An ophthalmologist who earned his medical degree from Harvard University and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Puliafito served as director of the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute and chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, before coming to USC in 2007.
He serves as vice chair of the boards of Keck Hospital of USC and USC Norris Cancer Hospital. He is also a member of the board of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, the Huntington Hospital (Pasadena) and the House Ear Institute.