What’s Going On in Your Neck of the Woods? September

Cell Biology and Anatomy

The Department of Cell Biology & Anatomy was given the honor of being selected by the graduating L-4’s as the BEST preclinical department.   Dr. William Swartz was selected to be a hooder for the graduating class.   Dr. Ham Farris was selected as the BEST preclinical professor.   Dr. Jason Middleton received funding for his LBCRP project entitled “Plastic restoration of neural networks in tinnitus.”   Dr. Jason Mussell received funding from the Arnold Gold Foundation for his project entitled “An argument for the ethical use of fetal remains in medical education.”   Dr. Whim received funding from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International for his grant entitled, “Use of NPY1 antagonists as a new approach to preventing hypoglycemic-associated autonomic failure.”  


Andrew Hollenbach, Ph.D. was invited to give a series of lectures at Weill Cornell Medical School in New York City on the Writing of a Ruth L. Kirschstein NIH Training Grant.   Lucio Miele, MD, Ph.D. was appointed to the Editorial Board of Oncogene.   Lucio Miele, MD, Ph.D. presented the All of Us Precision Medicine Research Program at the National Association of City and County Health Organization (NACCHO) conference held in New Orleans.   Michael Lan, MD received an R21 grant from the National Cancer Institute, NIH.  

Microbiology, Immunology, and Parasitology

Dr. Jeff Hobden did an interview on WWL radio about pathogenic bacteria on shopping carts that was broadcast on June 4.   Dr. Jeff Hobden was selected as Didactic Educator of the Year by the Class of 2019 Physician Assistant students.  


On June 1, 2018 University Medical Center – New Orleans presented Neurosurgery resident Cliff Crutcher the “Resident Quality Champion” Award. This honor is in recognition of his extraordinary dedication and commitment to the development and implementation of House Officers’ Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Initiatives.  


Pediatrics Assistant Professor and Pediatric Residency Program Director Chelsey Sandlin, MD was awarded the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award by the Class of 2018. The award recognizes faculty members who demonstrate both clinical excellence and outstanding compassion in the delivery of care and who show respect for patients, their families, and healthcare colleagues.   Dr. Sandlin was also recently selected by the Association of Pediatric Program Directors (APPD) for participation in their prestigious APPD Leadership in Educational Academic Development (APPD LEAD) program. APPD LEAD is a nationally recognized program that provides a unique opportunity for pediatric academic leaders in medical education to engage and learn from seasoned program directors, pediatric educators, and other national leaders in pediatrics. APPD LEAD is an approximately nine-month educational program. The LEAD curriculum focuses on organizational leadership, competency-based curriculum development, faculty development, residency and fellowship program administration, scholarship and career development. The curriculum is paced over three educational conferences, with additional group activities, readings and project work expected between conferences. Chelsey is beginning her second year as LSU Department of Pediatrics Residency Program Director. She is already identified as an educational leader in our institution and the APPD LEAD program will bring great value to LSU, CHNOLA and our learners.   The American Society for Pediatric Hematology-Oncology (ASPHO) has elected Pinki Prasad, MD, MPH as the Chair-Elect for their Diversity Special Interest Group. The Diversity SIG advises the Board of Trustees of ASPHO on the needs and opportunities for promoting diversity, inclusion, and cultural competency within the society. Founded in 1981, ASPHO currently has 2,000 members. ASPHO offers a forum for the exchange of ideas on issues of special interests and concern to people in the specialty, as well as a means for facilitating communication among members. ASPHO is the only professional organization dedicated solely to the professional development and interest of subspecialists in pediatric hematology/oncology. Pinki is a tremendous asset to our Department, University and Children’s Hospital. Now the Pediatric Heme Onc community will benefit from her leadership skills and talents.   The Department of Pediatrics hosted its annual Research Day on Friday, June 1. Students, Residents, Fellows and Junior Faculty presented over 30 posters and 7 oral presentations. The day was dedicated to Dr. Ricardo Sorensen who will be retiring on June 30.