Camp Tiger – A Preview

Camp Tiger- a Preview of an Annual Outreach Program!
By Scott Gaignard, Class of 2020 (L1), Camp Tiger Director

Every year, the School of Medicine hosts Camp Tiger, a week long summer camp for children with special needs. The camp is run entirely by second year and incoming first year medical students. As part of this outreach program, the students take the wonderful campers through many of New Orleans’ most exciting and fun venues, including the Audubon Aquarium and Zoo, Kidsports, City Park and many more. Not only is it an incredible opportunity to offer these children a unique camp experience, it is also completely free of charge for the campers to attend! Many of these children never had a chance to attend summer camp, and we are extremely privileged to enjoy the week with them. This annual tradition has enriched the lives of so many children throughout the years, and the School of Medicine class of 2020 hopes to continue its mission.

The camp is entirely funded through generous donations and sponsorship from our great New Orleans community. The majority of these funds are generated through the annual auction. The 32nd annual Camp Tiger Benefit and Auction this year will be held at Club XLIV in Champions Square on March 31, 2017 from 7-11 pm. The event will have both a silent and live auction, a live band, open bar, free food, and an appearance by the 610 Stompers. The auction is open to anyone and everyone from the New Orleans area that wants to come together for a great cause. We hope that you can join us and help keep one of the greatest LSUHSC traditions a success for this year and for many years to come.

Please visit our website for more information on everything including the auction and ticket prices, ways to donate, and the camp itself. If you have a question about the annual auction, please contact Todd Lambert at If you have a question about Camp Tiger, please contact Scott Gaignard at

Welcome NewComers

We’d like to extend a warm welcome to the following faculty members who have joined the School of Medicine Family since September 1, 2016:


  • Rakesh Srivastava, Ph.D. – Professor-Research
  • Sharmila Shankar, Ph.D. – Associate Professor-Research


  • Lauren Davis, M.D. – Assistant Professor-Clinical (Comprehensive Medicine)
  • Lobna Ali, M.D. – Assistant Professor-Clinical (Geriatrics)
  • Rajasree Chowdry, M.D. – Clinical Assistant Professor (Hematology and Oncology)
  • Yussef Bennani, M.D. – Assistant Professor-Clinical (Infectious Disease)

Neurology or Neurosurgery

  • Rashmi Rao, M.D. – Assistant Professor-Clinical (Neurology)
  • Aaron Mammoser, M.D. – Associate Professor-Clinical (Neurosurgery)

Obstetrics and Gynecology

  • Amelia Jernigan, M.D. – Assistant Professor-Clinical


  • Thomas Heigle, M.D. – Clinical Assistant Professor


  • Matthew Cable, M.D. – Assistant Professor-Clinical
  • Abhishek Kumar, M.D. – Assistant Professor-Clinical


  • Jeffrey Hotaling, M.D. – Assistant Professor-Clinical
  • Alexander Sevy, M.D. – Assistant Professor-Clinical


  • Peter Tieh, M.D. – Assistant Professor-Clinical
  • Stefani Samples, M.D. – Assistant Professor-Clinical
  • Michael Brumund, M.D. – Associate Professor-Clinical


  • Graham Spruiell, M.D. – Assistant Professor-Clinical


  • Abdur Razzaque, M.D. – Assistant Professor-Research


  • Farha Khan, M.D. – Assistant Professor-Clinical

SOM Grants

Congratulations to the following researchers for obtaining extramural funding from federal, state, and independent sources since September 1, 2016!

(NOTE: This list was compiled from information received from the Dean’s Office.  Please inform us if anyone was inadvertently omitted from the list and we will publish a correction in the next issue.)

NIH P60 Multidisciplinary Clinical Research Centers:

  • Patricia Molina, M.D., Ph.D. (Department Chair, Physiology and Director, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Center of Excellence)

NIH U01 Research Project Cooperative Agreement:

  • Patricia Molina, M.D., Ph.D. (Department Chair, Physiology and Director, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Center of Excellence)

NIH R01:

  • Augusto Ochoa, M.D. (Co-director, Louisiana Cancer Research Consortium)
  • Walter Lukiw, Ph.D. (Neuroscience Center of Excellence)
  • Jason Gardner, Ph.D. (Physiology)
  • Xinping Yue, M.D., Ph.D. (Physiology)
  • Eric Lazartigues, Ph.D. (Pharmacology)

NIH Contract:

  • Diptasri Mandal, Ph.D. (Genetics)

NIH F30 M.D./Ph.D. Training Grant:

  • Myles Ketchum (Physiology)

Additional National Funding Agencies:

  • Howard Osofsky, M.D. (Department Chair, Psychiatry)
    • Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health

Independent Foundations:

  • David Welsh, M.D. (Internal Medicine)
    • Spirit of Charity
  • Robert Maupin, M.D. (OB/GYN, Associate Dean – Office of Diversity and Community Engagement)
    • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

University and Private Hospitals:

  • Lucio Miele, M.D., Ph.D. (Department Chair, Genetics)
    • Michigan State University
  • Michael Lan, Ph.D. (Genetics)
    • LSU Baton Rouge
  • Ashok Aiyar, Ph.D. (Microbiology, Immunology, and Parasitology)
    • LSU Baton Rouge

Pharmaceuticals and Companies:

  • Frank Smart, M.D. (Internal Medicine)
    • Medtronic
  • Matthew Lammi, M.D. (Internal Medicine)
    • United Therapeutics Corporation
  • Murtuza Ali, M.D. (Cardiology)
    • St. Jude Medical
  • Anthony DiGiorgio, D.O. (Neurosurgery)
    • Precision Spine, Inc.
    • Medtronic
    • Globus Medical
  • David Lefer, Ph.D. (Director, Cardiovascular Center of Excellence)
    • Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp.
  • Michelle Loch, M.D. (Internal Medicine)
    • Cascaian Therapeutics, Inc.
  • Jayne Weiss, M.D. (Department Chair, Ophtholmology)
    • Alcon Laboratories
  • Clifford Crutcher, M.D. (Neurosurgery)
    • CoreLink Surgical

New Appointments

Robin English, M.D. – Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education

Dr. English, Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, was promoted to the position of Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education from her past role as Director of Clinical Science Curriculum. Robin is an LSU SOM graduate (class of 1995) and joined the faculty in the Department of Pediatrics in 1999. She has excelled at teaching, has been the recipient of numerous teaching awards, and was inducted into AOA as a chief resident. More recently, Dr. English has been central to the planning and implementation of the new integrated medical school curriculum, the multi-year process designed to develop consensus around specific curricular goals and objectives and also to involve a large number of basic and clinical science faculty members in the design and delivery of the work product. She has pursued the challenge of curriculum renewal with a single-minded purposefulness that is a model for outcomes-based leadership. Her dedication to this project has been remarkable. Her efforts were also invaluable in the development of our Interprofessional Education initiative that was the Quality Enhancement Program embedded in our successful SACS COC reaccreditation application.

Dr. English is not only a talented educator, but she is an able clinician and clinical administrator. She previously held the position of Director of the Children’s Hospital Pediatrics Associates, leading the effort to develop a coordinated pediatric hospitalist service at our partner hospital. She will continue to be active clinically in the Department of Pediatrics.


Richard DiCarlo, M.D. – Senior Associate Dean for Faculty and Institutional Affairs

Dr. Ricard DiCarlo stepped into the role of Senior Associate Dean for Faculty and Institutional Affairs on January 1, 2017. Over the more than twenty years that Dr. DiCarlo has been a faculty member at LSU SOM he has demonstrated commitment, thoughtfulness, creativity, and insight; a renowned educator and able administrator, he brings a wealth of experience to this new role. A graduate of Haverford College and LSU SOM, he completed his internal medicine and infectious disease training at LSU New Orleans. He immediately joined the faculty in the Department of Medicine where he focused his clinical work on sexually transmitted diseases. His scholarly work has been grounded in both infectious diseases and medical education. He is a gifted educator and has received numerous teaching awards, including the Aesculapian, AMSA, and Copping awards. Importantly, he is the SOM liaison with the LCME and was a key member of the team that helped to sustain SOM operations and accreditation in the aftermath of Katrina. Most recently, he has served as Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education, leading two cycles of comprehensive curriculum renewal and innumerable smaller curriculum revisions, all requiring faculty engagement, consensus, and implementation.

Richard is an accomplished academician with a national reputation for his understanding of the complex issues that face academic medicine today. He has been formally recognized for his knowledge and experience by serving as a survey team member and a survey team secretary for site visits to other medical schools being reviewed for LCME accreditation. He has played a central role in the planning and operationalization of the SOM’s activities in the context of the clinical public-private partnerships. He has also been a key leader in our strategic planning, faculty engagement, and diversity initiatives.