New name in world-class medicine introduced in Los Angeles

Keck School of Medicine of USC logo

The University of Southern California’s renowned doctors and nationally ranked private hospitals have a new name effective today: Keck Medical Center of USC.

The newly named academic medical center includes the faculty physicians associated with the Keck School of Medicine of USC, as well as the University-owned Keck Hospital of USC (formerly known as the USC University Hospital) and the USC Norris Cancer Hospital, all located on the University’s Health Sciences Campus east of downtown Los Angeles.

The new names are in place following the June announcement of a $150 million naming gift from the W. M. Keck Foundation to the University of Southern California.

“We believe our new name is a symbol of USC’s commitment to change lives through scientific discovery and the healing power of compassionate care,” said Mitch Creem, CEO of the two USC hospitals.

The Keck Medical Center of USC includes more than 471 inpatient beds and an array of outpatient clinics offering primary and more specialized care. Keck Hospital of USC has an international reputation in a variety of multidisciplinary programs including: cardiovascular surgery, urology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, gynecology, organ transplantation, digestive health, ophthalmology and internal medicine.

USC Norris Cancer Hospital is part of the National Cancer Institute-designated USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center. Patients receive innovative care in numerous programs including prostate cancer, breast cancer, cancers of the blood, colorectal cancer, melanoma, gynecological cancers, and head and neck cancers.

“Our faculty physicians, nurses, and staff are actively engaged in the business of improving lives every day,” said Creem. “The generous gift from the Keck Foundation will greatly enhance our faculty’s research efforts and open doors to opportunities that will help them advance patient care.”

Faculty physicians associated with the Keck Medical Center of USC also offer clinical services at satellite locations in downtown Los Angeles, La Cañada, Beverly Hills, and in early in 2012, Pasadena.

The Keck School of Medicine of USC — the oldest medical school in Southern California — enrolls 670 medical students, 292 Ph.D. students and 300 master’s students in more than 25 research and clinical programs and trains 900 medical residents in 52 specialty or subspecialty programs. The Keck School of Medicine receives more than $275 million in annual sponsored program awards.

The medical school is home to innovative research centers such as the Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute, the Eli and Edythe Broad Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at USC, the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Institute for Genetic Medicine, the National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center devoted to Biomimetic Microelectronic Systems, the USC Institute for Health Promotion & Disease Prevention Research, the USC Institute for Global Health, and the National Institutes of Health-funded Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute.

The introduction of the new Keck names at USC includes new logos that are part of a new University-wide graphic identity program. At the same time, USC is launching a multi-media advertising campaign introducing the Keck Medical Center of USC throughout the Los Angeles area.  For more information, visit or call 1-800-USC-CARE to schedule an appointment.

The $150 million gift brings to nearly $300 million the amount of funding to USC provided by the W. M. Keck Foundation, which donated $110 million to the medical school in 1999.