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Parties & Drugs: The other life of a former USC med school dean

Research building on the USC Health Science campus

LINCOLN HEIGHTSDr. Carmen A. Puliafito spent nearly a decade building up the reputation, profile and finances of the USC Keck School of Medicine, located next to the L.A. County-USC Medical Center. Puliafito, who is also a renowned eye surgeon, abruptly resigned in March 2016, saying he was seeking other opportunities. But, according to the L.A. Times, his resignation was announced about three weeks after paramedics and police were called to a Pasadena hotel room where Puliafito was with a 21-year-old woman, Sarah Warren, who had overdosed.  Tipped off to the incident, the Times learned that the Puliafito was apparently involved with a circle of young drug users who allege the 66-year-old dean took drugs in their presence

It does not appear that any USC students were involved, said the Times. However, some of the photos reviewed by the Times  showed Puliafito in his med school office with Kyle Voigt,  who has been convicted for possessing  heroin for sale.  Said the Times:

“A series of September 2015 photos show Voigt and Warren in Puliafito’s office at the USC health sciences campus. The time stamp indicates the photos were taken around 3 a.m. In one shot, Warren, wearing a USC shirt, stands next to Puliafito’s desk. A portrait of the dean and his wife is visible, and framed Dodgers and Red Sox jerseys can be seen on the wall. In another photo, Voigt is wearing an inflatable Trojan hat and a white Keck School lab coat embroidered with the dean’s name. Both he and Warren are holding pieces of aluminum foil with darkened patches in the middle. The Times showed the image to law enforcement officials, who said the patches were consistent with the marks left by smoking heroin. In the photo, Warren has a lighter in her hand.”

Puliafito, who remains a member of the school faculty,  and the USC officials declined to respond to the Times’ repeated requests for comments. Read the full L.A. Times story here.

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2 comments

  1. I’m sure he will enjoy his next job at McDonalds. University Professors should be held to a higher standard since they are helping shape the brains of their young students.

  2. worked with him at keck . and i knew something was wrong.there was talk about whispers. med. students said he on some type of stuff…tweeking. and was saw that girl at functions where he presented she was an assistant..why did the police department not arrest him at the hotel where the over dose took place , there was drugs in the room. so there is a story there .. cover up.. police department.

    the thing is many at keck saw her there with him during work hours ….she was at fucctions

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