Laura Mosqueda, M.D., was appointed Dean of the Keck School of Medicine of USC on May 1, 2018. Prior to her appointment as Dean, Dr. Mosqueda, a Professor of Family Medicine and Geriatrics and a Professor at the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, served as Associate Dean of Primary Care and the Chair of Family Medicine.
Laura Mosqueda, MD was appointed Interim Dean of the Keck School of Medicine of USC on October 6, 2017. Prior to her appointment as Interim Dean, Dr. Mosqueda, a Professor of Family Medicine and Geriatrics and a Professor at the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, served as Chair of Family Medicine and Associate Dean of Primary Care. Before coming to the Keck School of Medicine of USC, Dr. Mosqueda worked at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine for fourteen years. Starting as the director of the Program in Geriatrics, she occupied the Ronald W Reagan Endowed Chair in Geriatrics and later served as the Chair of Family Medicine and Associate Dean of Primary Care.
An accomplished physician and researcher, Dr. Mosqueda is a national and international expert on elder abuse and neglect. She has testified in front of Congress and has been invited to the White House several times to discuss elder justice initiatives. She has taken the lead on landmark studies to identify forensic markers of abuse and neglect. Mosqueda created the nation’s first Elder Abuse Forensic Center in 2006, a model that has been replicated across the United States. She works with community partners to implement changes that cross medical, social, mental health and criminal justice systems. She is the director of the National Center on Elder Abuse, a $2.95 million federally-funded initiative which focuses on information regarding policy, research, training, and resources related to the neglect and exploitation of older adults for policymakers, professionals, and the public.
She served as the president of the Association of Directors of Geriatric Academic Programs from 2010-2013 and completed a two-year Healthcare Leadership Program fellowship through the California HealthCare Foundation in 2013. She served as a member of the Institute of Medicine Forum on Global Violence Prevention from 2013-2017.
She has served as the principal investigator on multiple studies and projects funded by diverse groups including the National Institute of Health, National Institute of Justice, Administration for Community Living, and the John A. Hartford Foundation. She has contributed numerous publications to peer-reviewed journals and served as co-editor on four books about geriatric medicine.
In addition to Dr. Mosqueda’s leadership in clinical care and research, she has been actively involved in medical education. She has mentored medical students, graduate students, residents and clinical fellows. Graduating students awarded her the Gold Humanism in Medicine Award in 2009. At UC Irvine she was the principal investigator of a $2 million grant from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation which led to innovative and sustained curricular changes in geriatric education. At the Keck School of Medicine, she was the principal investigator of a $2.5 million federally funded grant on geriatric workforce enhancement across multiple disciplines. She has particular interest in care of vulnerable and underserved populations and precepts interprofessional health care students at a homeless shelter on Skid Row.