Keck School of Medicine of USC Dean Carmen A. Puliafito has been reappointed to the Independent Citizen’s Oversight Committee, a governing board of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM). Puliafito has served as a committee member since 2008.
CIRM’s Independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee is governed by 27 Californians representing patients, researchers and the biotechnology industry.
According to CIRM, their collective knowledge, passion and commitment to the institute’s mission has guided the organization since its inception. These board members provide recommendations regarding CIRM funding, ethical standards and facilities.
Puliafito has served as dean, professor of ophthalmology and holder of the May S. and John Hooval Dean’s Chair in Medicine for the Keck School of Medicine since 2007.
He previously served as professor and chair of ophthalmology for the Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami and director of the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute from 2001 to 2007. He was professor and chair of ophthalmology at the Tufts University School of Medicine and director of the New England Eye Center from 1991 to 2001.
Puliafito is a member of the American Medical Association, the California Medical Association, the American Association of Ophthalmology and the Association for Research Vision and Ophthalmology.
An outspoken proponent of regenerative medicine and stem cell research, he is featured, along with other USC leaders and CIRM board members, in a video highlighting the new Eli and Edythe Broad CIRM Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at USC.