A few updates for the MD/PhD program – Dr. Kathleen McDonough has retired after 38 years as a faculty member at LSUHSC New Orleans. She was the Director of the MD/PhD program since 2003. She was preceded by Dr. Adele Spence who was instrumental in initiating the expansion of the program to its current status. Dr. McDonough will continue to assist the students in the program and new Program Director, Dr. Angela Amedee, Professor of Microbiology, Immunology and Parasitology (MIP).
Dr. Amedee has served as the graduate coordinator for the MIP department for a number of years and has trained several MD/PhD students including Drs. Jessica Thomas, currently a faculty member and Associate Medical Director of the Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory at Houston Methodist Hospital and Whitney Nichols, currently a first year pediatrics resident at the University of Mississippi in Jackson, MS. Spencer Robichaux completed his PhD this past May under Dr. Amedee’ s mentorship, was funded by an F30 grant from the National Institutes on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and is currently a third year medical student. The program is very fortunate to have Dr. Amedee as its new director.