Dr Carmen Puliafito
Innovation Award—Technology ~ 2013
Dr. Carmen A. Puliafito, MD, MBA
Keck School of Medicine of USC

Dr. Carmen A. Puliafito is recognized worldwide as an innovator in the diagnosis and treatment of retinal disease and accomplished leader in academic medicine. Dr. Pulaifito was recently reappointed to a second term as Dean of the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California, a position he has held since 2007. He is this year’s recipient of the Innovation Award for Technology.

In this role, he has been recognized as a visionary academic medical leader, a highly effective administrator and educator, and an innovative clinician-scientist. Since his appointment, he has led the continuing transformation of the Keck School of Medicine into one of the nation’s preeminent, research-intensive medical schools.

Under his leadership, the clinical, research, and educational programs of the Keck School have been dramatically enlarged and restructured, including the 2009 acquisition by USC of its two private teaching hospitals, Keck Hospital of USC and USC Norris Cancer Hospital.

A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Medical School, Dr. Puliafito completed his residency and fellowships in ophthalmic pathology and vitreoretinal diseases and surgery at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. He is an award-winning philatelist and postal historian specializing in the United States Independent Mail Stamps of 1845 and 1846.