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!

Anesthesiology

  • 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

Medicine:

  • 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

Otphtalmology

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

Orthopedics

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

Otorhinolaryngology

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

Pathology

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

Pediatrics

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

Pharmacology

  • Qinglin Yang, Ph.D. – Professor

Psychiatry

  • 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

Medicine

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

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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!

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: 

http://www.refworks.com/refworks2/?site=028971136005200000%2fRWWS2A1148886%2f000271111069551000

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: 

http://www.lsuhsc.edu/library/databases/facpubs.aspx

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.

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! 

Anesthesiology 

  • 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 

Medicine: 

  • 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 

Otphtalmology 

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

Orthopedics 

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

Otorhinolaryngology 

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

Pathology 

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

Pediatrics 

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

Pharmacology 

  • Qinglin Yang, Ph.D. – Professor 

Psychiatry 

  • 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 

Medicine 

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

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! 

SOM Grants

Congratulations to the following individuals for obtaining extramural funding from federal, state, and/or independent sources between August 1 – September 30, 2018! 

NOTE: The Office of the Dean provided the information below to The Pulse.  If there is any information that was inadvertently omitted, please contact the editor (aholle@lsuhsc.edu) so a correction can be printed in the next issue of The Pulse. 

National Institutes of Health (P20): 

Augusto Ochoa, M.D. (Director, Stanley S. Scott Cancer Center) 

National Institutes of Health (R01): 

Scott Edwards, Ph.D. (Department of Physiology) 

Minghao Jin, Ph.D. (Neuroscience Center of Excellence) 

National Institutes of Health (R21): 

  • Nicholas Gilpin, Ph.D. (Department of Physiology) 

Pharmaceutical and Company Grants: 

Clifford Crutcher, M.D. (Department of Neurosurgery) 

  • Medtronic 

David Lefer, Ph.D. (Cardiovascular Center of Excellence) 

  • Ochsner Clinic Foundation 

Gabriel Tender, M.D. (Department of Neurosurgery) 

  • SI-BON

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 June 1 – July 31, 2018!

Cell Biology and Anatomy 

  • Sarah Williams, Ph.D. – Instructor

Medicine: 

Community Population Medicine

  • Jennifer True, M.D. – Assistant Professor, Research

Hospital Medicine

  • Michael Modica, M.D. – Assistant Professor, Clinical

Comprehensive Medicine

  • Erin Dauchy, D.O. – Assistant Professor, Clinical
  • Nathaniel Peyton, M.D. – Assistant Professor, Clinical

Gastroenterology

  • Melissa Spera, M.D. – Assistant Professor, Clinical

Neurosurgery 

  • Bryan Payne, M.D. – Clinical Professor

Pathology 

  • Saeed Bajestani, M.D. – Associate Professor, Clinical

Pediatrics 

  • Ajay Bhatia, M.D., Ph.D. – Assistant Professor, Clinical
  • Michelle Knecht, M.D. – Assistant Professor, Clinical
  • Zachary LeBlanc, M.D. – Assistant Professor, Clinical
  • Shannon Palombo, M.D. – Assistant Professor, Clinical
  • Regina Zambrano, M.D. – Assistant Professor, Clinical

Psychiatry 

  • Megan Campbell, M.D. – Assistant Professor, Clinical
  • Megan Maher, M.D. – Assistant Professor, Clinical
  • Lee Michals, M.D. – Assistant Professor, Clinical
  • Daniel Waldman, M.D. – Assistant Professor, Clinical

Radiology 

  • Eric Wallace, M.D. – Assistant Professor, Clinical

Earl K. Long Medical Center – Medicine 

  • Kyle Champagne, M.D. – Instructor Clinical Specialist
  • Jordan Percle, M.D. – Instructor Clinical Specialist
  • Tiffany Wesley, M.D. – Instructor Clinical Specialist

 

 

 

 

Karam Appointed Assistant Dean for Baton Rouge Medical Education 

George KaramWe 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.

 

LSU SOM Research Highlighted Nationwide 

alahariResearch led by Suresh Alahari, Ph.D., Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine, has shown for the first time that a tiny piece of RNA deregulates energy metabolism, an emerging hallmark of cancer. The finding identifies a new target for therapeutic intervention in breast cancer. The research is published in Molecular Cancer available online here and has been highlighted in publications nationwide:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-07/lsuh-rin071818.php 

https://medicalxpress.com/news/2018-07-breast-cancer-therapeutic.html 

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/07/180718104845.htm 

https://scienmag.com/research-identifies-new-breast-cancer-therapeutic-target/ 

https://www.reddit.com/r/science/comments/904ell/research_identifies_new_breast_cancer_therapeutic/ 

https://www.breast-cancers.com/2018/07/18/research-identifies-new-breast-cancer-therapeutic-target/ 

In addition, Dr. Alahari was invited to present this work at the Keystone Conference, Precision Medicine in Cancer, held in Stockholm, Sweden (May 6 – 10, 2018).

 

 

 

SOM Grants October

Congratulations to the following individuals for obtaining extramural funding from federal, state, and/or independent sources between June 1 – July 31, 2018!

NOTE: The Office of the Dean provided the information below to The Pulse.  If there is any information that was inadvertently omitted, please contact the editor (aholle@lsuhsc.edu) so a correction can be printed in the next issue of The Pulse.

CORRECTION:  In our previous issue of The Pulse, we incorrectly listed the Department for Hong Xin, M.D., Ph.D., who received grant funding from the Department of Defense.  Dr. Xin is jointly associated with the Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Parasitology (MIP) and the Department of Pediatrics.  We apologize for this mistake.

National Institutes of Health (R01):

  • Carmen Canavier, Ph.D. (Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy)
  • Chu Chen, Ph.D. (Neuroscience Center of Excellence)

National Institutes of Health (R21):

  • Michael Lan, Ph.D. (Department of Genetics)
  • Wanguo Liu, Ph.D. (Department of Genetics)
  • Hong Sang, Ph.D. (Neuroscience Center of Excellence)

National Institutes of Health (K01):

  • Flavia Souza, Ph.D. (Department of Physiology)

National Institutes of Health (T35):

  • Paula Gregory, Ph.D. (Department of Genetics)

National Institutes of Health (F30, F31, and F32):

  • Tyler Basting, Ph.D. (Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics)
  • Mark Nilges, Ph.D. (Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics)
  • Zachary Stielper (Department of Physiology)

Foundations and National Associations:

  • William Gordon, Ph.D. (Neuroscience Center of Excellence)
    • Ochsner Clinic Foundation
  • Matthew Whim, Ph.D. (Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy)
    • Juvenile Diabetes Foundation International

Pharmaceutical and Company Grants:

  • Murtuza Ali, M.D. (Department of Cardiology)
    • St. Jude Medical Business Services
  • Pedro Cox-Alomar, M.D. (Department of Medicine)
    • Edwards Lifesciences, LLC
  • Lindsey Lasseigne, M.D. (Department of Neurosurgery)
    • Medical Device Business Services, Inc.
    • Synthes Maxillofacial
  • David Lefer, Ph.D. (Cardiovascular Center of Excellence)
    • SAJE Pharma, LLC
  • Paul LeLorier, M.D. (Department of Medicine)
    • Biotronik
    • St. Jude Medical
  • Rebecca Lillis, M.D. (Department of Medicine, Section of Infectious Diseases)
    • SpeeDX Pty, Ltd
    • Cepheid
  • Donna Neumann, Ph.D. (Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics)
    • Editas Medicine, Inc.
  • Dennis Paul, Ph.D. (Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics)
    • Oleander Medical Technologies