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Laura Mosqueda

Dean, Keck School of Medicine at USC

THE LATEST: When Mosqueda was named dean of the Keck School of Medicine at USC in May 2018, she became the first woman to lead California’s largest medical school in its 134-year history. She was named to the position after serving as interim dean in the wake of a series of scandals at the medical school surrounding previous deans Carmen Puliafito and Rohit Varma.

BACKGROUND: The USC alumna is a professor of family medicine and geriatrics, and has a joint appointment at the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology. A physician and researcher, Mosqueda worked at the UC Irvine School of Medicine for 14 years before joining the faculty at USC.

WORTH NOTING: Mosqueda is an expert on elder abuse and neglect. She created the nation’s first Elder Abuse Forensic Center in 2006, which served as a model for the federal Elder Justice Act, which President Barack Obama signed into law in 2010. Mosqueda this year developed a Geriatric Injury Documentation Tool, based on her research, which could help hospitals spot elder abuse.

YEARS ON THE LA500: 2

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