Keck School of Medicine of USC Dean Carmen A. Puliafito, MD, MBA, has received an award honoring his contributions to medicine from National Medical Fellowships (NMF), an organization founded in 1946 that provides scholarships to underrepresented minority students in medicine and the health professions.

Puliafito was given the NMF Excellence in Academic Medicine Award at the annual Los Angeles Champions of Health Awards ceremony, which was held in June at the Molina Healthcare Event Center in Long Beach.

NMF President and CEO Esther Dyer applauded Puliafito for his leadership in the field of ophthalmology and technical innovations, and his efforts to increase the minority student population in the sciences as dean of the Keck School.

— Douglas Morino