We are pleased to appoint Dr. George Karam as Assistant Dean for Baton Rouge Medical Education. Dr. Karam is a graduate of LSU School of Medicine New Orleans, where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. He did his residency in internal medicine, a year as Chief Resident, and his fellowship in infectious diseases at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He joined the full time faculty at LSU School of Medicine in 1983, and achieved the rank of Professor of Medicine in 1994. In 1990, Dr. Karam became the Head of Internal Medicine at Earl K. Long Hospital in Baton Rouge and has been the Program Director for the internal medicine residency since that time. In 2001, he was awarded the endowed Paula Garvey Manship Chair of Medicine. He built an outstanding educational program in Baton Rouge, and became the Chief of LSU Internal Medicine at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in 2013.
Dr. Karam is truly a gifted teacher. He received awards for teaching excellence as both a resident and fellow at UAB. As a faculty member, he has received the Aesculapian Award as an outstanding professor 19 times, and the graduating senior class named him the best clinical professor 15 times. He has also been the recipient of the Copping Award, the Shelby-Bourgeois teaching award, the Van Dyk teaching award, the Humanism in Medicine award, and he was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society. He has received numerous visiting professorship and lectureship awards. He is an internationally recognized expert on antibiotic resistance and the judicious use of antimicrobials.
Dr. Karam has served the school of medicine with distinction for more than 30 years. He has touched the lives of countless students and residents. He is fully deserving of this appointment and we are grateful that he will continue to serve LSU School of Medicine.