Newswise — LOS ANGELES – Jimmy Kimmel, late-night talk show host and comedian, will be the featured speaker at the Keck School of Medicine of USC class of 2019 commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 11, at the USC Galen Center. Kimmel will address students, faculty and families from the Keck School MD program at the school’s 134th commencement.

 While renowned for his talk show and comedic work, Kimmel has a long history of work outside of entertainment. He has used his fame and platforms on television and social media to raise awareness and funds for many charitable organizations, and advocates for national health care for all.

 “Jimmy Kimmel is a powerful advocate of health care and has helped raise awareness of critical issues, while putting a high-profile face to the many families that undergo health crises of their own,” said Laura Mosqueda, MD, dean of the Keck School and professor of family medicine.

Last year Kimmel was honored by Children’s Hospital Los Angeles — which is staffed by Keck School faculty physicians — for his work in advocating for health care coverage for all children and families in the United States, following an emotional tribute to the facility after his newborn son was treated there. 

“The Keck School is proud that our physicians were able to support the Kimmel family during a turbulent time. By sharing his family’s emotional and heartfelt journey with millions, Jimmy Kimmel touched countless lives and enlisted support for high-quality, innovative health care for all. We are deeply grateful to him for sharing his thoughts with our graduates,” Mosqueda said.

See a video announcing Kimmel as the Keck School 2019 MD commencement speaker here.


About the Keck School of Medicine of USC

Founded in 1885, the Keck School of Medicine of USC is among the nation’s leaders in innovative patient care, scientific discovery, education and community service. The school has more than 1,850 full-time faculty members and voluntary faculty of more than 2,400 physicians. These faculty direct the education of approximately 800 medical students and 1,000 students pursuing graduate and postgraduate degrees. The school trains more than 900 resident physicians in more than 50 specialty or subspecialty programs and is the largest educator of physicians practicing in Southern California. Keck School faculty also conduct research and teach at several research centers and institutes, including the Eli and Edythe Broad Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at USC, USC CardioVascular Thoracic Institute, USC Institute of Urology, USC Mark and Mary Stevens Neuroimaging and Informatics Institute, USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, USC Roski Eye Institute and Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute.

In 2018, U.S. News & World Report ranked the Keck School among the top 35 medical schools in the country.

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