LINCOLN HEIGHTS — Dr. Carmen A. Puliafito spent nearly a decade building up the reputation, profile and finances of the USC Keck School of Medicine, located next to the L.A. County-USC Medical Center. Puliafito, who is also a renowned eye surgeon, abruptly resigned in March 2016, saying he was seeking other opportunities. But, according to the L.A. Times, his resignation was announced about three weeks after paramedics and police were called to a Pasadena hotel room where Puliafito was with a 21-year-old woman, Sarah Warren, who had overdosed. Tipped off to the incident, the Times learned that the Puliafito was apparently involved with a circle of young drug users who allege the 66-year-old dean took drugs in their presence
It does not appear that any USC students were involved, said the Times. However, some of the photos reviewed by the Times showed Puliafito in his med school office with Kyle Voigt, who has been convicted for possessing heroin for sale. Said the Times:“A series of September 2015 photos show Voigt and Warren in Puliafito’s office at the USC health sciences campus. The time stamp indicates the photos were taken around 3 a.m. In one shot, Warren, wearing a USC shirt, stands next to Puliafito’s desk. A portrait of the dean and his wife is visible, and framed Dodgers and Red Sox jerseys can be seen on the wall. In another photo, Voigt is wearing an inflatable Trojan hat and a white Keck School lab coat embroidered with the dean’s name. Both he and Warren are holding pieces of aluminum foil with darkened patches in the middle. The Times showed the image to law enforcement officials, who said the patches were consistent with the marks left by smoking heroin. In the photo, Warren has a lighter in her hand.”
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