Lazarus Wins NBME Award


Dr. Cathy J. Lazarus, Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Records, received The Edithe J. Levit Distinguished Service Award from the National Board of Medical Examiners on March 23, 2018 at the 2018 NBME Annual meeting. The award recognizes “individuals who have devoted countless hours to the work and the vision of the NBME”.  Dr. Lazarus began her volunteer service to the NBME in 1998.  She has served on 15 different committees and task forces over the last 20 years including the Behavioral Sciences test writing committee (chair 2002-2006), the Evidence Based Medicine item writing committee, the video scenario task force, the Step 1 oversight committee, the NBME Board, the Stemmler Fund Committee, the Finance and Audit Committee, the Diversity Task Force, the Budget Committee (which sets the fees for the USMLE exams), and the Search Committee for the Executive Director.  She remains a member of the Communications Skills Item Writing Task Force. 


Aesculapian Awards Announced

Each Spring, Aesculapian representatives nominate residents, faculty, and departments, on behalf of their peers, who have shown a true passion and dedication to teaching for the Excellence in Teaching Awards. A primary vote by the student body narrows the field to a final ballot, and then a final vote by the student body determines the winners. 

This year we would like to congratulate the following residents, faculty, and departments for winning Aesculapian Excellence in Teaching Award for 2018! They have gone above and beyond to make sure every student walks away with the knowledge and skills they need to become a great physician.

L1 Fall Semester Award – Dr. William Swartz (Cell Biology and Anatomy)

L1 Spring Semester Award – Dr. Patricia Molina (Physiology) 

L2 Fall Semester Award – Dr. Joy Sturtevant (Microbiology, Immunology and Parasitology)

L2 Spring Semester Award – Dr. Taniya De Silva (Internal Medicine – Endocrinology

L3 Intern Award – Dr. Antoinette Laurel (Psychiatry)

L3 Resident/Fellow Award – Dr. Courtney Cox (Pediatrics)

L3 Staff Award – Dr. Chelsey Sandlin (Pediatrics)

L4 Intern Award – Dr. Christopher Brown (Surgery)

L4 Resident/Fellow Award – Dr. Alykhan Lalani (Vascular Surgery)

L4 Staff Award – Dr. Randy Roig (PM&R)

Junior Faculty Award – Dr. Shane Sanne (Internal Medicine)

Department Award – Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

We thank you on behalf of the Aesculapian Society and student body for your tremendous impact on medical education at LSUHSC.


Juzar Ali Named TB Champion

Juzar AliEarlier this year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Division of Tuberculosis Elimination (DTBE) issued a call for submissions of best practices and success stories from those who were making a significant contribution toward TB elimination through collaboration. Juzar Ali, M.D. (Pulmonary Critical Care & Allergy/Immunology) was nominated and was selected as a CDC U.S. TB Elimination Champion. 

As a CDC U.S. TB Elimination Champion, He is being recognized as making tremendous strides in collaborating with public health partners, health care providers, and community organizations.  His story can be read here:


Welcome Newcomers! May

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 January 1 – March 31 2018! 


  • Debra Hilton, M.D. – Clinical Associate Professor 

Family Medicine 

  • Brian Harrell, M.D. – Assistant Professor, Clinical 
  • Severyn Yaroshevsky, M.D. – Assistant Professor, Clinical 

Medicine – Cardiology 

  • Pedro Cox-Alomar, M.D. – Assistant Professor, Clinical 

Medicine – Gastroenterology 

  • Christie Blanton, M.D. – Assistant Professor, Clinical 


  • Allen Pearce, M.D. – Clinical Assistant Professor 
  • Suzanne Smith-Luckett – Clinical Assistant Professor 


  • Jonathan Somma, M.D. – Associate Professor, Clinical 


  • Andres Alarcon, M.D. – Assistant Professor, Clinical 


  • Daniel Womac, M.D. – Assistant Professor, Clinical 

UMC – Ophthalmology 

  • Jared Vincent, M.D. – Clinical Assistant Professor 

UMC – Family Medicine 

  • Libby Going, M.D. – Assistant Professor, Clinical 

UMC – Medicine 

  • Gregory Ardoin, M.D. – Assistant Professor, Clinical 


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 September 1 – October 31 2017!


  • Krish Sekar, M.D. – Assistant Professor, Clinical 


  • Samarpan Majumder, Ph.D. – Instructor, Research 


  • Jason Turner, M.D. – Assistant Professor, Clinical 


  • Maureen Basha, Ph.D. – Associate Professor, Research 

Medicine – Rheumatology 

  • Chandana Kollipara, D.O. – Clinical Assistant Professor 


  • Ashley Hendricks, M.D. – Assistant Professor, Clinical 


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 September 1 – October 31 2017!


  • Lee Lambert, M.D. – Assistant Professor, Clinical


  • Lauren Richey, M.D. – Associate Professor, Clinical


  • Daniella Miller, M.D. – Assistant Professor, Clinical

Obstetrics and Gynecology

  • Stacey Scheib, M.D. – Associate Professor, Clinical


  • Kevin Kirchner, M.D. – Clinical Assistant Professor


  • Lacey Adkins, M.D. – Assistant Professor, Clinical


  • Douglas Casey, M.D. – Assistant Professor, Clinical


  • Jeffrey Carter, M.D. – Associate Professor
  • Jennifer Gnerlich, M.D. – Assistant Professor, Clinical
  • Fabienne Gray, M.D. – Assistant Professor, Clinical


Angela Amedee, Ph.D., Appointed Associate Dean for the Graduate School 

amedee - 2012 The School of Graduate Studies is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Angela Amedee to the role of Associate Dean, LSUHSC School of Graduate Studies. Dr. Amedee is a long-time faculty member in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Parasitology (MIP), having also served as MIP Graduate Coordinator for the past 16 years.

Dr. Amedee received her B.S. from Nicholls State University in 1986, and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Microbiology from the LSU School of Medicine in 1989 and 1992, respectively. She conducted her postdoctoral training at the Tulane National Primate Research Center and was subsequently promoted to Research Associate. In 1997 she accepted a position as a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatric Infectious Disease at Tulane University School of Medicine. Dr. Amedee joined the faculty of the LSU Health Sciences Center in February 2001, having since served on the thesis committees of 14 students and mentored 5 doctoral students in her lab.

Dr. Amedee is excited to translate her teaching and mentoring experience to her new role as Associate Dean, where she will be responsible for coordinating nine academic programs in the Graduate School, as well as directing recruitment, retention, and curriculum development for the MD/PhD, Interdisciplinary, and MS—Biomedical Sciences programs.

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Amedee on this new appointment!

Patricia Molina Selected for Minority Mentorship Award 

Patricia Molina, MD, PhD

Leslie Capo
Director of Information Services

The American Physiological Society (APS) has selected Patricia Molina, MD, PhD, Professor and Chair of Physiology at LSU Health New Orleans, as the second recipient of its prestigious A. Clifford Barger Underrepresented Minority Mentorship Award.

According to the Society, the A. Clifford Barger Underrepresented Minority Mentorship Award honors a member of the American Physiological Society who is judged to have demonstrated leadership, guidance, and mentorship of underrepresented minority students in the physiological sciences. The award promotes and embodies the APS goal of broad diversity among physiologists by recognizing outstanding mentors who make significant impacts on diversity in physiology. It recognizes mentoring as a highly valued professional activity that merits a high level award by the Society.

As Director of LSU Health New Orleans’ Biomedical Alcohol Research Training Program, an NIH-funded grant that supports the training of MD and PhD pre- and post-doctoral fellows, Dr. Molina has helped trainees submit successful grant proposals. More than half of her predoctoral trainees obtained extramural funding under her guidance. Molina has worked to increase general recruitment and has been successful in recruiting a diverse group of trainees, including Hispanics, African Americans, females, and other individuals from underrepresented backgrounds. She has started new courses for graduate and medical students, as well as journal clubs for graduate students and weekly seminars from intramural and visiting distinguished researchers. One of her main initiatives as Physiology Department Chair has been to help junior faculty receive grant funding from major sources.

In 2016, Molina received the Aesculapian Excellence in Teaching Award from LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine. She developed a Medical Spanish Elective for students in all health care professions to help them develop skills needed to work with Spanish-speaking patients.

Molina has mentored two high school students, 13 undergraduates, 13 graduate students, 15 medical students, 11 postdoctoral fellows, 1 post-resident, and two junior faculty members. Of these, more than half are women or underrepresented minorities. She also serves as a role model in her professional societies. She has met many trainees across many institutions that seek her guidance. Many of her trainees have gone on to make their marks on science, medicine, and education.

Molina will be honored as the recipient of the 2018 Barger Award during the 2018 Experimental Biology Meeting in San Diego in April.


John T. Paige, MD, FACS

Paige PhotoDr. Paige is a Professor of Clinical Surgery with appointments in Anaesthesiology and Radiology at the LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine. He is Director of the American College of Surgeons’ accredited Learning Centre there, is the Chairman of the Peri-Operative Simulation Interest Group of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, and immediate past Chairman of the Simulation Committee for the Association for Surgical Education.

Dr. Paige received the SimHealth Best Paper Research Award for his presentation MOVING ON UP: TEAM TRAINING FOR EMERGENCY ROOM TRAUMA TRANSFERS (TTERTT) given at the Australasian Simulation Congress 2017, in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia on August 31st 2017.

Welcome Newcomers

We’d like to extend a warm welcome to the following faculty members who have joined the School of Medicine Family between July 1 – August 31 2017! 


  • Craig Billeaud, M.D. – Assistant Professor, Clinical 
  • Matthew Eng, M.D. – Assistant Professor, Clinical 
  • Ryan Kline, M.D. – Assistant Professor, Clinical 

EKLMC – Medicine 

  • Michael Barker, M.D. – Instructor, Clinical Specialty 
  • William Benton, M.D. – Assistant Professor, Clinical 
  • Jennifer Broussard, M.D. – Instructor, Clinical Specialty 
  • Brandon Retif, M.D. – Instructor, Clinical Specialty 

Family Medicine 

  • Tracy Carlson, M.D. – Assistant Professor, Clinical 

Medicine – Comprehensive Medicine 

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


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


  • Clarence Greene, M.D. – Professor, Clinical Specialist 
  • Oritsejolomi Roberts, M.D. – Assistant Professor, Clinical 

Obstetrics and Gynecology 

  • Karli Boggs, M.D. – Instructor, Clinical Specialist 


  • Lena Al-Dujaili, M.D. – Clinical Assistant Professor 


  • Adele Evans, M.D. – Associate Professor, Clinincal 


  • Amanda Messer, M.D. – Assistant Professor, Clinical 
  • Elizabeth Wisner, M.D. – Clinical Assistant Professor 


  • Cody Roi, M.D. – Assistant Professor, Clinical 
  • Joshua Sanderson, M.D. – Clinical Assistant Professor 


  • Estela Brooke, M.D. – Clinical Assistant Professor 
  • Amit Chawla, M.D. – Clinical Assistant Professor 
  • Mark Stalder, M.D. – Assistant Professor, Clinical 


  • Jessie Gills, M.D. – Assistant Professor, Clinical