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Monday, July 17, 2017

n 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, Puliafito kept company with a circle of criminals and drug users who said he used methamphetamine and other drugs with them, a Los Angeles Times investigation found.

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Puliafito, 66, and these much younger acquaintances captured their exploits in photos and videos. The Times reviewed dozens of the images.

Shot in 2015 and 2016, they show Puliafito and the others partying in hotel rooms, cars, apartments and the dean's office at USC.

In one video, a tuxedo-clad Puliafito displays an orange pill on his tongue and says into the camera, "Thought I'd take an ecstasy before the ball." Then he swallows the pill.

In another, Puliafito uses a butane torch to heat a large glass pipe outfitted for methamphetamine use. He inhales and then unleashes a thick plume of white smoke. Seated next to him on a sofa, a young woman smokes heroin from a piece of heated foil.

As dean, Puliafito oversaw hundreds of medical students, thousands of professors and clinicians, and research grants totaling more than $200 million. He was a key fundraiser for USC, bringing in more than $1 billion in donations.

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This is going to be a huge scandal, most people outside LA have now idea how powerful SC is...it looks like the LA and Pasadena PD swept this under the rug (as did SC) hoping it would never come out.

As a Bruin it would be natural for me to have some schadenfreude over this, but it is such a big deal that all I can do is wonder how Pulafito got away with this for so long.

#1 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-07-17 04:35 PM | Reply

USC - Up ---- Creek.

#2 | Posted by nullifidian at 2017-07-17 04:49 PM | Reply

A friend of mine is one of the attorneys representing UCSD against USC in a case regarding SC poaching Dr. Paul Aisen, one of the leading Alzheimers researchers in the world, and is about to depose Dr. Puliafito, who he describes as "Dr. God Complex."

This will not end well for Puliafito or the Keck Medical School.

#3 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-07-17 04:57 PM | Reply

Sounds like a local preacher whose pimp visited him on a busy Sunday morning.

Most improper.

#4 | Posted by fresno500 at 2017-07-17 05:24 PM | Reply

I'm wondering what's the scandal.
He did drugs. So what?
If Steve Jobs can take LSD why can't this guy eat Ecstasy?

Only difference I can see is holding the public sector bigwig to different, higher standards.

#5 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-07-17 05:33 PM | Reply

#5
exactly.
just proves where the real farce is.

---- the fascisti.

#6 | Posted by ichiro at 2017-07-17 05:45 PM | Reply

#5

Your natural propensity to troll notwithstanding, but if you can't see the problem with the Dean of USC's Medical School doing crystal meth with prostitutes and criminals, I can't help you.

#7 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-07-17 06:00 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

He should be doing meth with lawyers and bidnessmen?

#8 | Posted by Corky at 2017-07-17 06:04 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#8

That would have been a marginal improvement. The biggest issue is the fact that both the Pasadena and LAPD tried to cover this up (Puliafito had already resigned to pursue "other interests" after his girlfriend almost died), most likely due to pressure from SC.

#9 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-07-17 06:06 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Trump hangs out with prostitutes and does drugs.

Why shouldn't we all???

#10 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-07-17 06:07 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#10

Go nuts Snoofy, that is a solid career move.

Let me know how that has worked out for you next time I give you a couple of bucks at the Santa Monica Blvd. offramp while I am waiting for the light to change.

#11 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-07-17 06:10 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

#11

www.wordplays.com(7)

#12 | Posted by Corky at 2017-07-17 06:14 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#12

Pot, meet kettle.

#13 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-07-17 06:18 PM | Reply

It's worked out well enough for Trump, hasn't it ROC?

So why not for this guy? Seriously, what do you care what somebody does on their own time?

#14 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-07-17 06:19 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Jesus liked hanging out with prostitutes too.
And he turned water into drugs.
I bet the prostitutes liked that!

#15 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-07-17 06:29 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

PREACH!
...wow, feels like the 80's again!

#16 | Posted by ichiro at 2017-07-17 09:55 PM | Reply

Only difference I can see is holding the public sector bigwig to different, higher standards.
#5 | POSTED BY SNOOFY

No, 21 yo girl overdosed in front of him while they did meth, I guess its her fault ? What if she was an illegal, would you care then?

Jesus liked hanging out with prostitutes too.
And he turned water into drugs.
I bet the prostitutes liked that!
#15 | POSTED BY SNOOFY

Did he kill anyone with his drugs?

I realize death to doesn't mean much, but to some of us it is important.

Seriously, what do you care what somebody does on their own time?

#14 | POSTED BY SNOOFY

People died, thats why I care .... but you don't. ... its obvious.

#17 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2017-07-17 10:20 PM | Reply

No, 21 yo girl overdosed in front of him while they did meth, I guess its her fault ?

She didn't die, but Dr. Evil and the recently OD'd GF did check into another hotel to continue partying for 2 more days.

What if she was an illegal, would you care then?

Of course he would, then it would be a typical case of white privilege taking advantage of a person of color who is escaping oppression.

Snoofy is trolling, just ignore his inanity.

#18 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-07-17 11:03 PM | Reply

"No, 21 yo girl overdosed in front of him while they did meth, I guess its her fault ?"

Of course it's her fault, you insufferable moron.
If I OD on your lawn, who is to blame?

#19 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-07-18 12:14 PM | Reply

"Seriously, what do you care what somebody does on their own time?"

Still don't have a sensible answer from either of you two busybodies.
Mackris, I know just has nothing better to do.
ROC I thought you had a sense of perspective.

#20 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-07-18 12:19 PM | Reply

The day I bring an ODing ----- over to your place, then I'll give her the shot!

--Eric Stoltz

#21 | Posted by madscientist at 2017-07-18 12:39 PM | Reply

I'm wondering what's the scandal.
He did drugs. So what?
If Steve Jobs can take LSD why can't this guy eat Ecstasy?

Only difference I can see is holding the public sector bigwig to different, higher standards.

#5 | Posted by snoofy

Does anything a lib does bother you?

#22 | Posted by Sniper at 2017-07-18 12:54 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Trump hangs out with prostitutes and does drugs.

Why shouldn't we all???

#10 | Posted by snoofy

A fact in your mind only.

#23 | Posted by Sniper at 2017-07-18 12:55 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Sniper, why do you assume the guy is a lib? Just curious. Given his background, I tend to suspect he is just another hypocritical right winger. Truth is, it is difficult to know based solely on the behavior. Plenty of douchebags on both the right and the left.

#24 | Posted by moder8 at 2017-07-18 12:57 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

It's clear he did his job very well. His accomplishments prove that.

This seems like a private matter.

#25 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2017-07-18 06:12 PM | Reply

People died, thats why I care .... but you don't. ... its obvious.
#17 | POSTED BY ANDREAMACKRIS AT 2017-07-17 10:20 PM | FLAG:

The most outraged person who didn't read the article.

A life of rage is not good for your health.

#26 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2017-07-18 06:18 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

We all know the purpose of this ------- thread.

#27 | Posted by Angrydad at 2017-07-18 09:35 PM | Reply

The biggest issue is the fact that both the Pasadena and LAPD tried to cover this up

You sound like you never heard of affluenza before.

The rich and powerful have a much different justice system than everyone else. Until you steal from the rich like Bernie Madoff did.

#28 | Posted by 726 at 2017-07-19 10:34 AM | Reply

I read on another thread that this person's behavior is the new excuse for cops murdering civilians for no real reason.

Gotta love that logic.

#29 | Posted by MrSilenceDogood at 2017-07-19 02:27 PM | Reply

Secret life of USC med school dean: Meth, Whores & Criminals

Yeah? So? The guy has to deal with Pharmaceutical and Insurance interests as part of his job.

#30 | Posted by morris at 2017-07-19 02:50 PM | Reply

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