Featured Doctors

Life-sized and larger-than-life photographs of trailblazing physicians dominate a terminal of Union Station during the month of January. Accompanying text highlights the remarkable accomplishments of each of these Doctors of USC. A brief example of each installation is provided below.

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Steven Giannotta, M.D.

As a highly regarded neurosurgeon, researcher and teacher, Dr. Steven L. Giannotta has spent his career exploring new ways to treat diseases of the brain and spinal cord, including the use of advanced radiosurgery devices such as Gamma Knife and CyberKnife.

USC neurosurgeon Dr. Steven L. Giannotta explores innovative treatments for vascular conditions of the brain, including "hyperdynamic therapy" - the manipulation of the cardiovascular system to improve blood flow to counteract the dangerous effects of collapsed blood vessels in the brain.

Inderbir Gill, M.D.

USC urologist and surgeon Dr. Inderbir Gill is widely acknowledged as an innovator in surgery for kidney cancer. Over his career, Dr. Gill has refined the technique of less invasive kidney surgery, leading to less pain and faster recovery for patients.

USC urologist and surgeon Dr. Inderbir Gill is the first in the world to perform an innovative, virtually scar-free surgery for kidney donation. With approximately 3,000 cases to date, Dr. Gill is also one of the most experienced laparoscopic/robotic surgeons in the United States.

Vaughn Starnes, M.D.
Heart-Lung Surgeon

Trailblazing heart surgeon Dr. Vaughn A. Starnes, a highly complex surgical procedure that allows critically ill lung transplant patients to receive life-giving transplanted lung tissue.

USC heart surgeon Dr. Vaughn A. Starnes, has performed more living-donor lung transplants in adults and children than any other surgeon in the world. He is recognized internationally as a leader and trailblazer in heart, heart-lung and lung transplantation and heart surgery, both in adults and children.

Helena Chang Chui, M.D.

USC neurologist Dr. Helena Chui, has spent much of her career studying the causes of and treatments for Alzheimer's disease and other cognitive disorders. She is the principal investigator for the Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, as well as for a project on vascular dementia – the second most common form of dementia in older adults after Alzheimer's disease.

As a neurologist, Dr. Helena Chui studies disorders of the brain, including the effects of aging on memory, logic and reason. Finding how certain brain disorders interact to cause dementia is at the core of a three-year grant awarded to USC by the National Institute on Aging, for which Dr. Chui is the principal investigator.

Namir Katkhouda, M.D.
Bariatric Surgeon

Dr. Namir Katkhouda, is a world authority in less invasive surgery, having pioneered the first laparoscopic vagus nerve procedure for the treatment of gastro-duodenal ulcer disease. As co-director of the USC Bariatric Surgery Program, Dr. Katkhouda offers obese patients a variety of approaches for weight loss surgery, including the rare hand-sewn laparoscopic Roux-en Y gastric bypass.

Pioneering USC surgeon Dr. Namir Katkhouda has written 80 peer-reviewed articles, presented more than 250 scientific papers, written 100 book chapters and published three books in the field of laparoscopic surgery. He has trained more than 800 surgeons on laparoscopic techniques worldwide and graduated 19 fellows in minimally invasive surgery.

Stephen Sener, M.D.
Breast Cancer Surgeon

A nationally known breast surgeon, Dr. Stephen Sener has long been a crusader in the field of cancer treatment. A volunteer with the American Cancer Society since 1984, in 2005, Dr. Sener helped establish the One Million Women Program for breast cancer screening mammography in China, on behalf of the American Cancer Society.

As a longtime crusader for improved breast cancer care, USC breast surgeon Dr. Stephen Sener's work has contributed to the development of the National Cancer Database, which serves as a significant resource for the evaluation of cancer care in the United States.