On Monday, Dec. 9, the Keck Medicine of USC – Downtown Los Angeles clinic officially opens its doors in a new location with more services designed to make medical care more convenient for patients living and working downtown.

The new location, at 830 S. Flower St., Los Angeles, adds new services including cardiac stress testing, orthopaedic surgery, imaging and digital mammography, urology and pharmacy services to its current slate of medical specialties including dermatology, internal medicine and an enhanced executive health program.

“We’re bringing more of our specialties and world-class care to the local community in downtown Los Angeles,” said Scott Evans, CEO of Keck Hospital of USC and USC Norris Cancer Hospital. “We will have a primary focus on internal medicine and because we are an academic medical center, we can rotate in many different kinds of specialists. And, our new location offers better access and parking for our patients.”

The focus on internal medicine includes availability of same-day appointments and expanded hours to accommodate those who need to see their doctor after work.

For the past nine years, the clinic has been located at 333 Hope St. With this move, the clinic becomes a hospital-based outpatient department of Keck Hospital and USC Norris, located about five miles away from the Downtown Los Angeles location.

“As a hospital-based outpatient office, we are able to provide an even higher level of quality and safety, and more integrated services so that our patients’ care is better streamlined,” said Laurie Johnson, executive director of ambulatory care for Keck Medical Center of USC.

The new location features nine exam rooms, one procedure room, one mammography room, one imaging room and one cardiac testing room, along with a pharmacy tailored to Keck Medicine of USC – Downtown Los Angeles patients’ needs.

According to Gregory Taylor II, M.D., medical director of Keck Medicine of USC – Downtown Los Angeles, he and clinic staff have their eyes and ears open to the specific needs of downtown patients.

“Whether a patient has a cough or a cold or a difficult diagnostic dilemma, whether we serve as a one-stop event or an open door to specialists and high level services at the Keck Medical Center of USC, our physicians and staff are eager to assist the community when they need our help,” he said.

The new location is 7,000 square feet and plans are already underway to remodel an adjoining area that will expand Keck Medicine of USC – Downtown Los Angeles by nearly another 7, 000 square feet, and enable the addition of more services including an urgent care center, expanded diagnostics and minor surgical procedures.

Most physicians who practiced at the Hope Street location will continue to practice at the new location. Physicians practicing at the new location include:

David Sawcer, M.D., Ph.D.
David Peng, M.D., MPH
Stephani Takahashi, M.D.

General Internal Medicine
John Brodhead, Jr., M.D.
Nida Hamiduzzaman, M.D.
Elizabeth Iskander, M.D.
Arek Jibilian, M.D.
Joshua Sapkin, M.D.
Gregory Taylor II, M.D. (starting in January)
Mabel Vasquez, M.D.

Jennifer Israel, M.D.
Melissa Natavio, M.D.

Orthopaedic Surgery
Reza Omid, M.D. (starting in January)

Andre Berger, M.D.

The new location is one of four Keck Medicine of USC locations in Los Angeles County, including Beverly Hills, La Cañada Flintridge, Pasadena, USC Engemann Student Health Center and the USC Health Sciences Campus. Keck Medicine of USC also includes affiliated locations in more than 20 communities in the Los Angeles area.

For more information on the new Keck Medicine of USC – Downtown Los Angeles clinic, please call
(213) 437-1000.

Keck Medicine of USC is the University of Southern California’s medical enterprise, one of only two university-owned academic medical centers in the Los Angeles area. Encompassing academic, research and clinical entities, it consists of the Keck School of Medicine of USC, one of the top medical schools in Southern California; the renowned USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, one of the first comprehensive cancer centers established in the United States; the USC Care faculty practice; the Keck Medical Center of USC, which includes two acute care hospitals: 411-bed Keck Hospital of USC and 60-bed USC Norris Cancer Hospital; and USC Verdugo Hills Hospital, a 158-bed community hospital. It also includes outpatient facilities in Beverly Hills, downtown Los Angeles, La Cañada Flintridge, Pasadena, and the USC University Park Campus. Some Keck School of Medicine of USC faculty members also have practices throughout Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside counties.