USC medical school, the official feared dean was ‘drugs’

LOS ANGELES – A former vice-dean of the University of Southern California medical school, testified he feared the then dean, Dr. Carmen Puliafito, “might be on drugs” for Puliafito abruptly stop in 2016.

The Los Angeles Times reports Wednesday Dr. Henry Ford’s testimony in a Medical Board hearing is the first suggestion that all USC-administrator had suspicions about Puliafito the possible use of drugs.

Ford said he expressed his concerns about the Puliafito general welfare to the university provost.

Three weeks before he quit, the 21-year-old Sarah Warren overdose of methamphetamine in Puliafito presence in a hotel room.

During his testimony Tuesday, Puliafito placed much of the blame for his meth use in Warren. He claimed Warren upended his life by introducing him to the drug. He testified that he used meth with her once a week.


Information from: Los Angeles Times,

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