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. 

SOM Faculty Publications

Are you interested in seeing what your colleagues and co-workers are publishing?  Are you curious to see how prolific scientists and clinicians are in their research publications?  If so, then click on the following link to see a list of all of the work published by LSU investigators: 


If you’re just interested in seeing some highlighted works, you can go to the following link on a monthly basis to see a few select articles highlighted by the library staff: 


Once there, click on the year and month to see all highlighted publications for that month. 

If you do not see one of your publications listed in the comprehensive list, please contact Kathryn Kerdolff (kkerdo@lsuhsc.edu) to have your publication included.

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.

Words from the Library – September

Off-Campus Access to Library Resources now made by EZproxy 

Rebecca Bealer, MLIS
Assistant Librarian and Assistant Professor 

On November 15th, 2017, the LSUHSC Libraries transitioned to a new off-campus authentication system. We switched to EZproxy, which is used in most academic libraries in Louisiana and the U.S. 

You will be asked to provide your Library barcode and PIN when accessing resources off campus: 

Words From the Library

 If you currently have a Library account (barcode) and PIN, you can easily log into EZproxy. 

LSU Health Psychiatry Expertise Tapped For La Response To Opioid Crisis

Leslie Capo – Director of Information Services 

NOTE:  The following story also appeared in New Orleans’ City Business Magazine 

Working with the Louisiana Office of Behavioral Health, LSU Health New Orleans Department of Psychiatry will receive $7.2 million to address the opioid crisis in Louisiana. The funding, which will be directed toward the delivery of a combination of treatment, training and consultation activities, is part of  $23.5 million in grants over two years  from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the US Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to the Louisiana Department of Health. The Louisiana State Opioid Response Program will follow an evidence-based model that integrates a center of addiction expertise as a hub with spokes – a regional network of providers. 

As the only medical school in Louisiana certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in the subspecialty of Addiction Psychiatry, LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine is the most qualified entity in the state to deliver and/or coordinate integrated supports and services designed to increase patient access to Opioid Use Disorder treatment. LSU Health New Orleans Department of Psychiatry’s role will involve a range of training and consultation services. These services include broad-based patient and programmatic support, as well as consultation to treating physicians participating in the Louisiana State Opioid Response Program. A major responsibility for the Department of Psychiatry will be to assure Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) services are consistent with the program requirements and patient needs. This important and innovative work will be directed by Dr. Howard Osofsky, Chairman of the LSU Health New Orleans Department of Psychiatry. Under Dr. Osofsky’s leadership, LSU Health New Orleans Department of Psychiatry has a distinguished history of bringing innovations in care to address serious and complex behavioral health issues affecting the health of Louisiana residents. 

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse of the National Institutes of Health, in 2016, there were 346 opioid-related overdose deaths in Louisiana—a rate of 7.7 deaths per 100,000 persons—compared to the national rate of 13.3 deaths per 100,000. 

Since 2012, use of heroin and synthetic opioids has increased dramatically in the state. From 2012 to 2016, heroin and synthetic opioid-related overdose deaths increased from 51 to 149 deaths and from 19 to 89 deaths, respectively. 

“The successful implementation of this collaborative endeavor led by the Office of Behavioral Health, will increase much needed access to evidence-based treatment models throughout Louisiana,” notes Dr. Howard Osofsky, Chairman of Psychiatry at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine.