MD/PhD Program

Kathy McDonough, Ph.D., Director 

In August we welcomed 6 students into the MD/PhD program. They are currently finishing the first year of medical school and looking forward to research rotations during the summer. They are: Kaylin Beiter, Nicholas Fried, Hunter Hidalgo, Kristina Larter, Mirandy Li, and Phaethon Philbrook. Kristina has recently published work from her MS degree in the Journal of Fish Biology on effects of hypoxia on Gulf Killifish. We expect to welcome an additional 6 new MD/PhD students in August.

Four students will be transitioning into Graduate School – Robert Fuchs, Nazary Nebeluk, Zachary Stielper and Tony Tseng. Only one of our MD/PhD students, Alan Tseng, is transitioning to 4th year of medical school while several others will be finishing their PhD and returning to medical school this summer including Stephen Ford and Spencer Robichaux; Stephen and Spencer have both received F30 grants from NIH to support their research and medical training.

During this past academic year, Robert Fuchs was awarded a travel grant to give an oral presentation at the Brain Behavior Chemistry Conference in San Antonio and Jeffrey Wang received the translational/clinical poster award at the Department of Medicine Research Day. Felix Nau was awarded the IPSA Award of Inter-professional Distinction.

May graduation brought the MD/PhD program to its greatest number of graduates from Medical School. Three of them finished their PhD in Pharmacology; 3 in MIP and 2 in Genetics. Three have matched to Pediatrics programs – Jack DePaolo at Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia; Michael Ripple at Washington University in St. Louis, and Whitney Nichols at the University of Mississippi in Jackson. Two matched in Medicine – Ferdous Kadri at the University of Florida and Felix Nau at Wake Forest University. Myles Ketchum matched in Family Medicine at Mercy Medical Center in Redding, California and Valarie McMurtry matched in Pathology at the University of Utah where one of our other graduates, Ryan Craig, is currently training. Brendan Burn will do surgery here at LSUHSC.

We are very proud of them and wish them all of the best in their future training and careers!

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