A remarkable insight. A timely discovery. A brilliant idea. A breakthrough that will grow and expand beyond our walls to change lives all over the world. Every day, we take up the challenge of advancing health care in ways big enough to bring hope to millions and small enough to touch a single heart. At Keck Medicine of USC, we go beyond the science of exceptional medicine to enable breakthroughs in the art of caring.
Life-Saving SurgeryThe Keck Effect: More High Fives
Brain surgery by Keck Medicine of USC specialists removes a benign tumor that affected the child’s hearing. Doing everything possible to help our patients do more of the things they love is the driving force behind The Keck Effect. For Adrianna Bowman, a vibrant 5-year-old preparing to start kindergarten, what seemed to be a routine health screening turned out to be a potentially life-saving event.As part of their preparations for school, Adrianna’s mother, Alona, took her to a well-child checkup earlier this summer. View the full story.
Neck cancerThe Keck Effect: More Confidence in a Full Recovery
Our doctors worked with Steve to do everything possible to help him get back to things he loved after his head and neck cancer diagnosis. A wine and spirits division manager in the San Gabriel Valley, Steve first noticed a lump on his neck about the size of a pea in May of 2010. An emergency tonsillectomy and biopsy revealed stage 4 squamous cell cancer. Stunned and unsure what to do, Steve followed the recommendation of his doctor to see Niels Kokot, MD. View the full story.
Tina-Hip_NEWDr. Beverly Gates gets a mitral valve repair – and her quality of life back.
Her first cardiologist diagnosed her with a damaged mitral valve, but thought it was too minor to recommend surgery. A second cardiologist agreed that her cardiac regurgitation was getting worse, but thought her symptoms were still too mild to advise surgery. After all, she still had relatively good cardiac function. View the full story.
Tina-Hip_NEWTina gets a new hip — and a new lease on life
Tina was born with hip dysplasia, but she never let it stop her. At an early age she developed a love for the outdoors and athletics, finding a beautiful culmination of the two in her passion for extreme sports. She barely even noticed her hip until her late 20s, when she began to experience mild pain. View the full story.
Mary-Cancer_NEWTailored chemotherapy makes the difference for this stage IV rectal cancer patient
When she was diagnosed with a rare form of stage IV rectal cancer, Mary Kay didn’t settle for a second opinion. The first four doctors she saw offered grim prognoses, so she saw a fifth, Heinz-Joseph Lenz, MD, at the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Lenz suggested a personalized chemotherapy approach based on research conducted at USC Norris.View the full story.
Laura-Spine_littleJulie finally finds relief to years of back pain at the USC Spine Center
When Julie decided to move some of her furniture, the result was a little more than she had planned. She aggravated a back injury, herniating a disc, and began a years-long search for relief. A search that ended, finally, at the USC Spine Center, part of Keck Medicine of USC.View the full story.
paul_FHealing the Healer: Doctor receives Linx acid reflux device at Keck Medicine of USC
Having performed many anti-reflux surgeries over the years, upper G.I. surgeon F. Paul “Tripp” Buckley turned to Keck Medicine of USC and esophageal and gastric surgeon John Lipham, MD, to treat his own acid reflux with the revolutionary Linx device.
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Bernard_Vecerek_editBernard finds the right place for his care
After being diagnosed with prostate cancer, Vecerek was referred to Dr. Monish Aron, professor of Urology at the USC Institute of Urology. Four months following his robot-assisted prostatectomy at Keck Hospital of USC, Bernard Vecerek is almost back to his normal daily routine.View the full story.
Laura-DigestiveThe right equipment and expertise – made all the difference for Laura’s gallstones
The gallstones would cause painful infections. Doctors would attempt to treat them, but the gallstones would return. Her family knew it was time to try something new. Her doctor suggested a place known for the latest research and procedures: the USC Digestive Health Center at Keck Medicine of USC.View the full story.

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