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Carmen A. Puliafito

Carmen A. Puliafito, DeanKeck School of Medicine of USC

Carmen A. Puliafito was appointed dean and holder of the May S. and John Hooval Dean’s Chair at the Keck School of Medicine of USC on November 1, 2007. He also serves as a professor of ophthalmology and health management, and as the primary academic officer of the Los Angeles County+University of Southern California Medical Center.

A renowned ophthalmologist, Puliafito is widely recognized for his innovative advances in treatment, including his co-invention of optical coherence tomography (OCT), a technology that has revolutionized the study of the human macula in health and disease. For his work on OCT, he was awarded (along with James Fujimoto and Eric Swanson) the 2002 Rank Prize – the world’s most prestigious award in optoelectronics.

Before joining USC, Puliafito chaired the Department of Ophthalmology at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine from 2001 to 2007. Prior to his work at Bascom Palmer, he served as founding director of the New England Eye Center and chair of the Department of Ophthalmology at Tufts University from 1991 to 2001.

Puliafito started his career at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and Harvard Medical School, where he was the founder of the Laser Research Laboratory and served as associate professor of ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School until 1991.

A cum laude graduate of Harvard College, Puliafito earned his M.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Medical School and completed his residency and fellowships in ophthalmic pathology and vitreoretinal diseases and surgery at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. He also holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

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Last updated: 01/12/12