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Sunita Puri, MD

TitleAssistant Professor of Clinical Medicine
InstitutionUniversity of Southern California
DepartmentMedicine
AddressIRD 2020 Zonal Ave
Off Campus
Los Angeles CA 90033
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    TitleMedical Director For Palliative Care, Keck Medical Center of Usc


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    Department of Ethnicity, Race and Migration, Yale University2002Brian Hayase Prize
    Department of Women's and Gender Studies, Yale University2002Steere Prize
    Medical Anthropology Quarterly National Prize Competition2002Rivers Prize
    Oxford University2002  - 2004Rhodes Scholarship
    Oxford University2004Beit Prize in Commonwealth History
    Oxford University2004Kirkaldy Prize in History of Medicine
    University of California, Berkeley 2007Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award
    University of California, San Francisco2009Champion of Diversity Award
    University of California, San Francisco2009Chancellor's Award for the Advancement of Women

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    As a clinician-educator, Dr. Puri believes that teaching primary palliative medicine across medical disciplines and to all levels of trainees is essential to meet the growing need for palliative medicine in our country. She is committed to developing creative approaches to teaching advanced communciation skills and symptom management. In her clinical practice, she has a particular interest in palliative medicine for cardiac, surgical and ICU patients, and in developing educational curricula for surgeons and cardiologists on earlier integration of palliative medicine into their patients’ care.

    Dr. Puri’s research and teaching interests also include clinical ethics. She is a member of Keck Hospital’s Ethics Committee and the Humanities & Ethics Curriculum Committee for the medical school. She teaches "Advanced Clinical Ethics" to second-year medical students at the Keck School of Medicine. Dr. Puri also writes creative nonfiction, and her work has appeared in the "A Piece of My Mind" section in the Journal of the American Medical Association, JAMA Internal Medicine, and Slate. She is currently working on an original collection of creative nonfiction essays reflecting on end-of-life care in the United States, one of which will appear in the New York Times in January 2016. In 2015, she was named a finalist for the PEN Center’s Emerging Voices Writers’ Fellowship.


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    1. Puri S. A piece of my mind. Extraordinary. JAMA. 2014 Aug 27; 312(8):793-4. PMID: 25157720.
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    2. Butler K, Puri S. Deathbed shock: causes and cures. JAMA Intern Med. 2014 Jan; 174(1):88-9. PMID: 24276576.
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    3. Puri S. Words before actions. JAMA Intern Med. 2013 Jan 28; 173(2):94-5. PMID: 23229744.
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    4. Puri S, Adams V, Ivey S, Nachtigall RD. "There is such a thing as too many daughters, but not too many sons": A qualitative study of son preference and fetal sex selection among Indian immigrants in the United States. Soc Sci Med. 2011 Apr; 72(7):1169-76. PMID: 21377778.
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    5. Puri S. A piece of my mind. Worn. JAMA. 2010 Jun 02; 303(21):2117-8. PMID: 20516405.
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    6. Puri S, Nachtigall RD. The ethics of sex selection: a comparison of the attitudes and experiences of primary care physicians and physician providers of clinical sex selection services. Fertil Steril. 2010 May 01; 93(7):2107-14. PMID: 19342036.
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