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

Dr. Carmen A. Puliafito's skill as an eye surgeon was matched by a gift for attracting money and talent to the Keck School of Medicine at USC. But there was another side to Puliafito, who resigned as the school's dean last year.

During his tenure, Puliafito kept company with a circle of criminals and drug users who said he used methamphetamine and other drugs with them, a Times investigation has found. Photos and videos captured some of their exploits.

USC has investigated its recent scandals. Now it should release the results

USC should make public the results of its investigations into the Puliafito and Tyndall scandals soon, and commit to release findings of the admissions probe.

State strips ex-USC medical school dean of license, citing 'an appalling lack of judgment'

The Medical Board of California on Friday ordered USC’s former medical school dean Dr. Carmen Puliafito stripped of his license to practice medicine, citing “an appalling lack of judgment” in his use of drugs and association with a circle of addicts and criminals while leading the institution.

Amid new questions, former USC medical school dean fights to keep his license

Carmen Puliafito, the former USC medical school dean, made the case at a hearing Thursday for why he should keep his license to practice medicine while new questions were raised about his truthfulness.

Top USC medical school official feared dean was 'doing drugs' and alerted administration, he testifies

A former vice dean of USC’s Keck School of Medicine testified Tuesday that he feared the school’s then-dean, Dr. Carmen A. Puliafito, “could be doing drugs” and expressed concerns about his general well-being to the university’s No. 2 administrator before Puliafito abruptly left his job in 2016.

Former USC medical school dean used hard drugs while employed at university, attorney says

The attorney general's office is expected to argue Wednesday that former USC medical school dean Carmen Puliafito should have his license to practice medicine in California revoked for using drugs with a circle of much-younger addicts and criminals.

After a baby suddenly dies, a 911 call from USC's former medical school dean sparks detectives' interest

Carmen Puliafito, USC's former medical school dean, is considered a possible witness in the Oct. 5 death of his girlfriend's infant in Altadena.

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

USC allowed Carmen Puliafito to remain at the Keck school, where the renowned eye surgeon continued to treat patients. The university did not report him to the California Medical Board during that period, a USC source confirmed.

Anger, questions at USC after second medical school dean departs over inappropriate behavior

The exit of a second dean at USC’s Keck School of Medicine over inappropriate behavior brought shock and outrage to the campus and demands that university leadership explain what went wrong.

USC medical school dean out amid revelations of sexual harassment claim, $135,000 settlement with researcher

The current dean of USC medical school was accused of sexually harassing a young female researcher 15 years ago. The school found that he had acted inappropriately and paid the woman more than $100,000.

State suspends medical license of Carmen Puliafito, former USC Keck dean tied to drug use

Regulators suspend medical license of Carmen Puliafito, ex-USC dean tied to drug use

Investigators seek photos and videos of former USC medical school dean with drugs

Photos of former USC medical school dean with drugs become part of investigations

USC's dean drug scandal could take a costly toll on the school's legal battle with the UC system

Of the many consequences of the Puliafito scandal for USC, few are as high-stakes as a court case with hundreds of millions of dollars potentially at stake.

Pasadena police's handling of drug overdose in USC dean's hotel room sparks debate

Pasadena's police chief discusses with the City Council the department's handling of a 2016 overdose in the then-USC medical school dean's hotel room.

Do you have information about USC's former med school dean? We want to hear from you

If you would like to share information about Dr. Carmen Puliafito, USC’s Keck School of Medicine or the USC administration, please let us know.

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

Photos and video show then-head of Keck School of Medicine partying with criminals and drug-users.

Complaints of drinking, abusive behavior dogged USC medical school dean for years

USC medical school employees complained repeatedly about what they considered Dr. Carmen Puliafito's hair-trigger temper and perceived drinking problem, and many were adamant he be removed.

USC president admits university 'could have done better' in handling reports of medical school dean's drug use

Max Nikias didn't detail how the school could have done more but announced a new committee that would look at strengthening USC's "loosely defined procedures" for employee behavior away from work.

Pasadena officer who investigated overdose was skeptical of USC med school dean's story, recording shows

A Pasadena police officer who investigated the overdose of a young woman at a hotel questioned a former USC dean's story, recordings show.

Yet another USC scandal requires blunt talk about money culture and values on campus

Dismissal of football coach, NCAA sanctions preceded medical school dean controversy at USC

USC received more than a year of questions about former medical school dean's conduct before scandal broke

It's unclear when top USC officials first learned about the drug allegations involving Dr. Carmen Puliafito. But for 15 months before the ex-dean's firing, The Times' inquiries went unanswered.

USC bosses flunk the leadership test amid shocking allegations about former medical school dean

Dr. Carmen Puliafito should get help, USC leaders should come clean

USC’s silence on its medical school dean’s double life is deafening

USC is a private institution but it receives considerable public funding for its medical research and serves the public through its hospitals and clinics.

USC moves to fire, ban from campus former medical school dean over 'egregious behavior'

Former U.S. Attorney will investigate drug allegations involving former USC medical school dean

Police union examines incident at Pasadena hotel involving a former USC dean after an officer is disciplined

Police union to examine incident at Pasadena hotel involving former USC dean after officer disciplined

Alleged conduct by former USC dean 'horrible and despicable,' med school head tells angry students

Addressing bewildered and at times angry students, Rohit Varma, dean of USC’s medical school, says the university has launched multiple internal investigations into the conduct of Carmen Puliafito.

Drug allegations involving former USC medical school dean are probed by Medical Board of California

California Medical Board investigating drug allegations against former USC medical school dean

USC president tries to quell outrage over drug allegations against former medical school dean

USC president addresses drug allegations against former medical school dean.

Former USC medical school dean no longer seeing patients; Pasadena police discipline officer

USC's announcement came the day the L.A. Times reported that Dr. Carmen A. Puliafito associated with criminals and drug users who said he abused methamphetamine and other drugs.

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