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May 21, 2020

Check for continuing updates on the COVID-19 situation through USC's online hub for information, the internal website for faculty and staff (sign-in required) and the Keck Medicine of USC page for patients and visitors.

Four stories to read this weekend, chosen by our editors

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Efforts on the ground: succeeding through adaptability, kindness and generosity

The clinical pharmacy staff at Keck Medicine of USC has been busy behind the scenes at system hospitals, equipping doctors with what they need to treat patients while keeping up with a dramatic shift in medication and distribution needs. Meanwhile, staff and administrators have launched a program to help older patients access telehealth, and students are calling for gently used devices to help hospitalized COVID-19 patients stay connected to loved ones and the outside world.

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Humayun receives IEEE Medal for Innovations in Healthcare Technology

Mark Humayun, MD, PhD, was awarded the 2020 Medal for Innovations in Healthcare Technology by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) on Friday night. The prestigious award was given to him in honor of his pioneering work in engineering and utilizing prosthetic devices to treat retinal neurodegenerative diseases.

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"Nature's microsurgeons" star in innovative telehealth procedure

David G. Armstrong, DPM, PhD, had a patient with a problem. Post-surgery, the patient had developed necrotic tissue at the site of the wound, putting him at an extremely high risk for sepsis, which meant his life was in danger. Fortunately, Armstrong had an unconventional, yet highly effective remedy at the ready.

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Luanne Thorndyke named to newly created post of executive vice dean

Luanne Thorndyke, MD, has been appointed to the role of executive vice dean of the Keck School of Medicine of USC, effective July 1. In this newly created post, Thorndyke will represent the Dean's Office across a broad spectrum of departmental initiatives, interacting regularly with department chairs and institute heads to accelerate new programs.

Request for photos

The marketing and communications teams at Keck Medicine and USC still want to continue to recognize campus community members for the way they've adapted and stepped up during these challenging times. Send your work selfies and team photos (no patient photos, please) that show how you and your team are working together for our patients. Stories and photos showing heroism in all its forms at Keck Medicine are especially welcome. All submissions should be sent to hscnews@usc.edu.

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