Department of Surgery

About the Department

The Department of Surgery at the Keck School of Medicine of USC is dedicated to providing quality patient care, advancing educational programs and conducting innovative research that will advance the future of surgical practice.

In addition to several surgical residency training programs, the department offers students innovative training initiatives, which include the Surgical Skills Simulation and Education Center, a physician-scientist training program and a resident research program. The department’s involvement in both basic and clinical research is supported by more than $1 million in extramural grants.

The primary locations of the department’s programs are Keck Medical Center of USC, USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and LAC+USC Medical Center.

About the Department of Surgery

Vaughn A. Starnes, MD

“Our educational programs for medical students, residents and fellows in surgery continue to be highly rated among our students”
Vaughn A. Starnes, MD, Chair, Department of Surgery
Chief, division of cardiothoracic surgeryChair’s Corner

Our Divisions

The department is comprised of nine divisions and offers numerous prominent surgical residency training programs.

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Clinical Activities

The Department of Surgery focuses on providing patients and their families with effective, efficient and quality care. The clinical activities of the department cover all surgical subspecialties.

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Department News

With the combination of highly skilled surgeons and advanced robotic technology, Keck Medicine of USC is a global center of excellence for robotic surgery.

Training Robotic Surgeons Worldwide

Surgeons at Keck Medicine of USC perform more robotic surgeries than at any other hospital in the metro Los Angeles area. What make these procedures extraordinary are not only the state-of-the-art robotic technology, but also the exceptional skill and experience of the surgeons, who are faculty members at the Keck School of Medicine of USC.
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Department Events

20th Annual Max R. Gaspar, MD Symposium: Vascular Surgery 2016

20th Annual Max R. Gaspar, MD Symposium: Vascular Surgery 2016

08/09/2016
Millennium Biltmore Hotel
7:00 am - 4:30 pm

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Keck School Events

Pathology Morning Conference: Liver Cytopathology

Pathology Morning Conference: Liver Cytopathology

29/06/2016
LAC+USC Medical Center, Clinic Tower, Room A7A
8:00 am - 9:00 am

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