‘Thought I’d take an ecstasy before the ball.’
Addressing scores of bewildered and at times angry students, the dean of USC’s medical school said Wednesday that the university had launched multiple internal investigations into the conduct of his predecessor after the Los Angeles Times reported that he associated with criminals and drug abusers who told of using methamphetamine and other drugs with him.
“These allegations, if they are true, they are horrible and despicable,” Dr. Rohit Varma told the gathering of scores of medical scholars and graduate students at the Keck School of Medicine in Boyle Heights, who were summoned to a town-hall-type meeting to discuss the Times’ article about Dr. Carmen A. Puliafito.
The evidence is pretty clear that Dean Puliafito was a complete drug whore, so poor Dean Varma is in total damage control mode.
Puliafito, who stepped down as dean last year, had sought treatment in the past for alcoholism, the allegations that he used drugs are new.
Puliafito, 66, had been placed on leave from his positions as a faculty member and Keck eye surgeon, and was no longer treating patients. Puliafito was pulling in a $1.1-million-a-year salary.
The school has been struggling to contend with the fallout from the accounts that the renowned ophthalmologist, who headed the medical school for nearly a decade, led a second life involving meth and other drugs he used with a circle of much younger people.
At the time of his departure he did not mention that three weeks earlier, a 21-year-old woman had overdosed in his presence in a Pasadena hotel room. The woman was rushed to a hospital, where she recovered. Police found methamphetamine in the hotel room, according to a police report, but because he was a rich university dean, the police let him off the hook.
Clearly he was a mega-loser.
It remains to be seen how much money this whole affair will cost the University.
Source: LA Times