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An overdose, a young companion, drug-fueled parties: The secret life of a USC med school dean

An overdose, a young companion, drug-fueled parties: The secret life of a USC med school dean

An overdose, a young companion, drug-fueled parties: The secret life of USC med school dean

Times staff members Paul Pringle, Harriet Ryan, Adam Elmahrek, Matt Hamilton and Sarah Parvini reported this story.

July 17, 2017

In USC’s lecture halls, labs and executive offices, Dr. Carmen A. Puliafito was a towering figure. The dean of the Keck School of Medicine was a renowned eye surgeon whose skill in the operating room was matched by a gift for attracting money and talent to the university.

There was another side to the Harvard-educated physician.

During his tenure as dean,...

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