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USC had many warnings about medical school dean's behavior but took little action

 (Alex J. Berliner / Associated Press)
(Alex J. Berliner / Associated Press)

For years, the troubling reports circulated among the faculty of USC's Keck School of Medicine: Their dean had a drinking problem.

One colleague told of witnessing a boozy Dr. Carmen Puliafito reeling and shouting at a university dinner. Another said Puliafito appeared drunk at an off-campus gathering as he spilled into his car and drove away.

Complaints of Puliafito's drinking began to reach USC administrators more than five years ago. Then in 2016, and again last March, the university received information that Puliafito was in a hotel room with a young woman who suffered a drug overdose.

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