Welcome Newcomers!

We’d like to extend a warm welcome to the following faculty members who have joined the School of Medicine Family between the dates August 1 – September 30, 2018!


  • Paul Delahoussaye, M.D. – Assistant Professor, Clinical
  • John Helmstetter, M.D. – Assistant Professor, Clinical
  • Cassandra Armstead-Williams, M.D. – Assistant Professor, Clinical
  • Artemus Flagg, M.D. – Clinical Assistant Professor

Cell Biology and Anatomy

  • Terrell Master, Ph.D. – Assistant Professor, Research

Family Medicine

  • Ronald Gagne, M.D. – Clinical Professor


  • John Harrington, M.D. – Clinical Assistant Professor

Medicine – Hematology and Oncology

  • Alejandra del Toro, M.D. – Assistant Professor, Clinical

Medicine – Hospital Medicine

  • Lauren Nunez – Assistant Professor, Clinical

Medicine – Nephrology

  • Ramzi Vareldzis, M.D. – Assistant Professor, Clinical

Obstetrics and Gynecology

  • Jamie Sias, M.D. – Clinical Assistant Professor
  • Navya Nair, M.D. – Assistant Professor, Clinical
  • Neelima Sukhavasi, M.D. – Assistant Professor, Clinical


  • Mallika Doss, M.D. – Clinical Assistant Professor


  • Anna Cohen-Rosenblum, M.D. – Assistant Professor, Clinical
  • Rutledge Clement, M.D. – Assistant Professor, Clinical


  • Larissa Sweeny, M.D. – Assistant Professor, Clinical


  • Shaun Lawicki, M.D. – Assistant Professor, Clinical


  • James Krulisky, M.D. – Assistant Professor, Clinical
  • Alexis Morvant, M.D. – Assistant Professor, Clinical
  • Elizabeth Wisner, M.D. – Assistant Professor, Clinical


  • Qinglin Yang, Ph.D. – Professor


  • Maeghan Davis, M.D. – Assistant Professor, Clinical

Earl K. Long Medical Center – Medicine

  • Katherine LaVie, M.D. – Assistant Professor, Clinical

University Medical Center (UMC):

Family Medicine

  • Shaawn Ali, D.O. – Clinical Assistant Professor


  • Melanie Bienvenu, M.D. – Clinical Assistant Professor
  • Shantell Ceaser, M.D. – Assistant Professor, Clinical


New Appointments

Ken Boe Appointed Assistant Vice Chancellor for Information Technology

Kenneth J. Boe, Jr. was appointed to the position of Assistant Vice Chancellor for Information Technology/Chief Information Officer at LSUHSC-New Orleans, effective October 10, 2018. Ken brings more than 26 years of experience in the information technology arena, with 20+ years at LSUHSC-New Orleans in several technology leadership roles, including Manager of the Server Group, Assistant Director for Database and Support Services, IT Director for Security, Database and Support Services and more recently IT Executive Director/Deputy CIO/IT Operations Officer.

In his new role, Ken will provide leadership in building and enhancing the institution’s information technology infrastructure to support the expanded use of technology in LSUHSC missions of education, research, patient care, and community outreach. Other equally important aspects of his new position are improving business processes and ensuring access to secure, high quality, and timely information for faculty, staff, and students. Additionally, he will be responsible for providing advisory-level direction related to day-to-day operations, problem solving, oversight of IT budgets, resource management, and will promote the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of university data.

Ken holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Tulane University and a Master of Computer Science and Engineering from Auburn University.

Please join us in congratulating Ken on his new position!

Dr. Gregory on NIH Expert Panel

The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute invited Dr. Paula Gregory to participate in an expert panel on Short Term Training on October 1.  The purpose of the panel was to review existing programs and to make recommendations to the NHLBI concerning ways to improve the existing programs and recommendations for new types of programs.  Panelists had expertise in areas ranging from distance learning to training grants and they came from universities from all across the country.

LSUHSC Walk to Support Heart Health

Bradley Spieler, M.D.

Suresh Alahari, Ph.D.

Dan Kapusta, Ph.D.

Zee Ali, M.D.

LSU Health Sciences Center was represented at the American Heart Association Heart Walk on November 17th at Lasalle Park in Metairie.  Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of men and women in America and has a higher-than-average incidence in south Louisiana. Each year ~600,000 Americans die of heart disease with an average of one death every 38 seconds.  LSU’s Cardiovascular Center of Excellence is at the forefront of research and discovery of treatments for cardiac disease and is supported through grants from the American Heart Association, amongst others. 

Forty five LSUHSC faculty, staff, and students signed up to participate or fundraise for the team, raising over $1300 in funds for the effort.  Members from multiple schools such as students from the School of Nursing assisted in staffing the event. LSU’s presence was recognized in formal event materials and with a shout-out during the morning’s warm up.

Thank you to all who participated and contributed; we know that heart disease is something with which many of our colleagues will have personal or family experience with, and are proud of our campus’s commitment to this endeavor which underscores our passion and pledge to the care of patients with cardiovascular disease.