What’s Going on in Your Neck of the Woods?

Cardiovascular Center of Excellence: 

David Polhemus was profiled by AHA Circulation: Every Strike Brings Him Closer to the Next Home Run – AHA Circulation – http://circres.ahajournals.org/content/122/1/20

Dr. Lefer Appointed to Editorial Board for Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology

Dr. Lefer Elected as President for the International Society of Heart Research North American Section

We would like to acknowledge and congratulate one of the Cardiovascular Center of Excellence’s participants, Hunter Hidalgo, for winning 1st place for 2017 Medical Student Research Day poster session. Hunter’s poster, “Novel Rodent Model of Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction (HF-pEF),” was mentored by David J. Lefer, Ph.D.; Director, Cardiovascular Center of Excellence.

Please join us in congratulating the LSUHSC Cardiovascular Center of Excellence’s own David Polhemus, Ph.D. for receiving the Chancellor’s Award at the Graduate Research Day Award Ceremony on Friday, November 3, 2017. The award is given to each year to “a high ranking graduating student who has done the most to promote the health sciences and the School before the public. Selection is made by a committee of the faculty appointed by the Dean, with consultation by members of the graduating class.”

Jessica Hartnett, Ph.D. Joins the CV Center as Research Coordinator

 

Cell Biology and Anatomy 

Dr. Jason Mussell was invited to University of Tennessee to give a talk on “The Importance of Integrating Darwinian/Evolutionary Medicine into Undergraduate and Graduate Health Professional Training Programs”

 

Family Medicine 

Bryan G. Barootes, MD, CCFP ,FCFP, FAAFP received CASEM Educator/Mentor Award for 2017

 

Internal Medicine 

The Department of Medicine administrative team has had many recent changes.  Please give them a warm welcome.

Katy Smith – Nephrology Fellowship Coordinator  (replaces Alex Hymel)

Sarah Keese-Watts – Dr. Sander’s Administrative Coordinator (replaces Barbara Hussey)

Kelly Rauser – Student Clerkship (replaces Ryan Bell)

Anastasia Ochoa – Assistant business manager Community Population Medicine  (new section and position)

 

Microbiology, Immunology, and Parasitology 

Several MIP faculty members were honored at the Celebration of Innovations ceremony on November 9, 2017. Drs. Alistair Ramsay, Ashok Aiyar, Tim Foster, Alison Quayle, Judd Shellito, David Welsh, and Hong Xin were each recognized for generating new patents or license agreements from their inventions, and/or for the receipt of a LIFT award.

Congratulations to Patricia Dehon, MIP Postdoctoral Fellow, and Hannah Albritton, MIP Graduate Student, who, respectively, won the oral presentation and poster presentation awards in the Translational Research category at the recent Department of Medicine Research Day. Patricia’s poster was entitled, “Longitudinal Impact of Chronic Binge Alcohol on Reservoir Establishment and Genital Shedding in SIV-Infected Female Rhesus Macaques. Hannah’s talk was entitled, “Cervical Chlamydia trachomatis-specific Immunoglobulin A from Infected Women Inversely Correlates with Bacterial Burden and Is Associated with Neutralization of Infection In Vitro.

Nephrology 

Section of Nephrology and Hypertension Participate in LSU Research Day, 2018, Southern Society of Clinical Investigation 2018.

  1. An Interesting Case of Hyponatremia in Head and Neck Cancer Caused by Pembrolizumab.  Ramzi Vareldzis, MD; Taniya DeSilva, MD; Mihran Naljayan, MD; Erwin Aguilar, PharmD, MSc, MPH; Sean Barry, BSc; Farshid Yazdi, MD; Stephen A Morse, DO, MPH; Efrain Reisin, MD. Department of Internal Medicine: Section of Nephrology and Hypertension, Section of Endocrinology. LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, New Orleans, LA, United States. Presented at the 28th LSUHSC-NO Research Day, January 26, 2018. Presented at the Southern Society for Clinical Investigation, New Orleans, Louisiana, February 22- 24. 2018
  2. A Complicated Illness Script. Michael Touchy, MD; Mihran Naljayan, MD; Erwin Aguilar, PharmD, MSc, MPH; Sean Barry, BSc; Farshid Yazdi, MD, MPH; Stephen Morse, DO, MPH; Efrain Reisin, MD. Department of Internal Medicine, Section of Nephrology and Hypertension, LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, New Orleans, LA, United States. Presented at the 28th LSUHSC-NO Research Day, January 26, 2018.
  3. Novel Pharmacomechanical Treatment of a Large Arterial Anastomosis Thrombus of an Arteriovenous Graft. Daniel S Rees, MD; Hoang Ho-Pham, MD; Ramzi Vareldzis, MD; Mihran Naljayan, MD; Erwin Aguilar, PharmD, MSc, MPH; Sean Barry, BSc; Farshid Yazdi, MD, MPH; Stephen Morse, DO, MPH; Efrain Reisin, MD. Department of Internal Medicine, Section of Nephrology and Hypertension. LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, New Orleans, LA, United States. Presented at the 28th LSUHSC-NO Research Day, January 26, 2018. Presented at the Southern Society for Clinical Investigation, New Orleans, Louisiana, February 22- 24. 2018
  4. A Severe Case of Tracheomalacia in an End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Patient. Danna Raslan, MS; Ramzi Vareldzis, MD; Erwin Aguilar, PharmD, MSc, MPH; Sean Barry, BSc; Mihran Naljayan, MD; Farshid Yazdi, MD; Efrain Reisin, MD; Stephen A Morse, DO, MPH. School of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, Section of Nephrology and Hypertension, LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, New Orleans, LA, United States. Presented at the 28th LSUHSC-NO Research Day, January 26, 2018.
  5. A Rare Case of Crescentic C3 Nephritis. Jeffrey Maldonado-Peña, MD; Ramzi Vareldzis, MD; Mihran Naljayan, MD; Erwin Aguilar, PharmD, MSc, MPH; Sean Barry, BSc; Farshid Yazdi, MD, MPH; Stephen Morse, DO, MPH; Efrain Reisin, MD. Department of Internal Medicine, Section of Nephrology and Hypertension, LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, New Orleans, LA, United States. Presented at the 28th LSUHSC-NO Research Day, January 26, 2018. Oral presentation at the Southern Society for Clinical Investigation, New Orleans, Louisiana, February 22- 24. 2018
  6. Acute Intermittent Porphyria: A Diagnosis Confounded by Treatment of Concurrent Kidney Injury. Sarah Stender, BA; Ramzi Vareldzis, MD; Mihran Naljayan, MD; Erwin Aguilar, PharmD, MSc, MPH, Sean Barry, BSc; Farshid Yazdi, MD; Efrain Reisin, MD; Stephen A Morse, DO, MPH. Department of Internal Medicine, Section of Nephrology and Hypertension, School of Medicine. LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, New Orleans, LA, United States. Presented at the 28th LSUHSC-NO Research Day, January 26, 2018.
  7. A Treatment of Large Arterial Thrombus Complicating a Percutaneous Thrombectomy of an Arteriovenous Graft. Hoang Ho-Pham. Ramzi Vareldzis, MD; Jonathan Owen, MD; Mihran Naljayan, MD. Department of Internal Medicine, Section of Nephrology and Hypertension, , LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans, New Orleans, LA, United States. Presented at the 28th LSUHSC-NO Research Day, January 26, 2018.
  8. Hypovolemic Shock, Massive Transfusion Protocols, and Vasopressors. Falon Perrin, MD; Sadiqa Boura, MD; Penny Boyle, DO; Dian Horton, MD, MSc; Anshul Acharya, MD; Ray Quebedeaux, MD; Matthew Alario, MD; Janice L. Hudson, MD; Mary Coleman, MD, PhD; Ernest James, MD; James Campbell, MD; Erwin A. Aguilar, PharmD, MSc, MPH. Department of Family Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, Section of Nephrology and Hypertension LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, New Orleans, LA, United States. Presented at the 28th LSUHSC-NO Research Day, January 26, 2018.
  9. Metformin Associated Lactic Acidosis. Joseph Oschwald, MD; Muhammed Usman, MD; Samera Majeed, MD; Andrew Morris MD; Jamie Lovitt, MD; Janice Hudson, MD; James Campbell, MD; Mary Coleman, MD, PhD; Ernest James, MD; Erwin Aguilar, PharmD, MSc, MPH. Department of Family Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, Section of Nephrology and Hypertension LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, New Orleans, LA, United States. Presented at the 28th LSUHSC-NO Research Day, January 26, 2018.
  10. Ketoacidosis with Sodium-Glucose Co-Transporter 2 Inhibitors. Matthew Hallowell, MD, MS; Stephen Lambert, MD; James S. Campbell, MD; Ernest James, MD; Mary Coleman, MD, PhD; Janice Hudson, MD; Erwin Aguilar, PharmD, MS, MPH. Department of Family Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, Section of Nephrology and Hypertension LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, New Orleans, LA, United States. Presented at the 28th LSUHSC-NO Research Day, January 26, 2018.
  11. A Rare Case of Fungal Endocarditis in a Sickle Cell Patient. Arun Bansal, MD; Anshul Acharya, MD; Michael Nugyen, MD; Janice Hudson, MD; Ernest James III, MD; James Campbell, MD; Mary Coleman, MD, PhD; Erwin Aguilar, PharmD, MSc, MPH. Department of Family Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, Section of Nephrology and Hypertension LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, New Orleans, LA, United States. Presented at the 28th LSUHSC-NO Research Day, January 26, 2018.
  12. A Commonly Missed Cause of Hyponatremia. Rodney Pattabhi, MD, Fay Mathai, MD, Thomas Reske, MD, PhD, Lobna Ali, MD; Sean Barry, BSc; Erwin Aguilar, PharmD, MSc, MPH. Department of Internal Medicine: Section of Geriatric Medicine, Section of Nephrology and Hypertension, Section of Hematology/Oncology, LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans, New Orleans, LA, United States. Presented at the 28th LSUHSC-NO Research Day, January 26, 2018.
  13. A Case of Metastatic Stage 4 Renal Cancer and the Relevance of Hospice in End Stages. Fay Mathai, MD; Rodney Pattabhi, MD; Thomas Reske, MD, PhD, Lobna Ali, MD; Sean Barry, BSc; Erwin Aguilar, PharmD, MSc, MPH. Department of Internal Medicine: Section of Geriatric Medicine. Section of Nephrology and Hypertension Section of Hematology/Oncology LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans, New Orleans, LA, United States. Presented at the 28th LSUHSC-NO Research Day, January 26, 2018.

Neurosurgery 

Dr. Frank Culicchia is the 2018 recipient of the Dr. John Adriani Medical Award and was honored at the Louisiana American Italian Hall of Fame Gala on January 20, 2018.

Dr. Anthony DiGiorgio’s abstract “Change in policy allowing overlapping surgery decreases length of stay in an academic, safety-net hospital” has been selected to receive the Robert Florin Award given by the AANS. A plaque noting his accomplishment will be presented to him prior to his presentation at the 2018 AANS Annual Scientific Meeting in New Orleans, LA.

 

Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery 

Dr. Laura Pelaez was recently named Physician of the Quarter at University Medical Center. She was nominated by her peers and chosen for the honor based on her demonstration of the UMC core values of compassion, teamwork, integrity and respect. Dr. Pelaez continues to play integral part in the expansion of ENT services at the hospital. A reception was held on January 29 where Dr. Pelaez was presented with her award by Bill Masterson, President/CEO of University Medical Center. Many congratulations to Dr. Pelaez on this well-deserved honor!

5th year ENT resident Dr. Jason Trahan was named Resident of the Month at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge. Dr.Trahan was nominated by staff members who described him as an excellent surgeon who cares about his patients and coworkers. Nominating staff members also applauded his focus on patient safety and his proactive nature. Dr. Trahan was selected for this honor from over 180 residents rotating at Our Lady of the Lake. Many congratulations to Jason!

Dr. Adele Evans was named a top doctor by Louisiana Life magazine. She was the sole pediatric otolaryngologist named from Children’s Hospital and one of only three pediatric otolaryngologists in the state to make the list.

Dr. Chu Chen awarded new R01 Grant from NIH Mental Health Institute, 5-year, $1,825,000 grant to study Endocannabinoid Metabolism in Synaptic Function.

Dr. Keonho Albert Kong and Dr. Michael Dunham received a $5,000 research grant from the LSU School of Medicine and the Department of Otolaryngology, with each entity providing $2,500 worth of funding for their project Autonomous Classification of Endoscopic Airway Images Using Convolutional Neural Networks. Congratulations!

Dr. Kevin McLaughlin began the Inspire Hypoglossal Nerve Stimulator Implant Program for treating obstructive sleep apnea this fall; the program continues to enroll CPap intolerant patients. He will also serve as primary investigator on Intersect’s study evaluating the S8 intrasinus steroid eluting implant to treat polyposis. He has once again been invited to serve as a reviewer for both the AAO and The Laryngoscope.

Dr. Alejandro Rivas of Vanderbilt University was the special guest lecturer at the Temporal Bone Dissection Course on November 10, 2017.

Several faculty members and resident physicians participated in the annual medical student Cricothyrotomy Day on November 17, 2017.

Faculty and resident physicians interviewed 42 residency candidates over three interview days in Baton Rouge. Candidates from around the country traveled to the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center on December 4, 5 and January 8 to learn more about our program. Many thanks to the faculty who took time from their busy schedules to interview candidates, and a special thanks to our resident physicians who met with the candidates and took them on guided tours of the facilities. The Match is March 16th; information about our new residents will be included in the next edition of this newsletter.

Oral/Platform Presentations Vansant MB., Parker LA., McWhorter A., Blouin D., Kunduk M. Predicting PAS and FOIS Outcomes from Objective Videofluoroscopic Timing and Displacement Measures in Head/Neck Cancer. ASHA Annual Convention, November 9-11, 2017 Los Angeles, CA.

Poster Presentation, Parker LA., Vansant MB., McWhorter A., Blouin D., Kunduk M. Reliability of Videofluoroscopic Objective Timing and Displacement Measures for Head and Neck Cancer Patients. ASHA Annual Convention, November 9-11, 2017, Los Angeles, CA.

ENT Department Continues to Grow and Expand: The LSU ENT Department continues to expand and flourish. We are currently recruiting seven new faculty members, including a facial plastic and reconstruction surgeon, rhinologist, a head and neck surgeon, two microvascular surgeons and two pediatric otolaryngologists. This is an exciting time for our department and these new faculty members will help us better serve our patient population.

Children’s Hospital has become the first hospital in Louisiana to join the Global Tracheostomy Collaborative. The mission is to improve the safety and quality of life in tracheostomy patients.

 

Pediatrics 

The Allergy/Immunology Division hosted their annual symposium November 17 – 18, 2017 sponsored by the Jeffrey Modell Center and the Louisiana Primary Immunodeficiency Network (JMC-LAPIN). Symposium Chairs Ricardo Sorensen, MD and Kenneth Paris, MD, MPH invited local and national speakers to lecture about the event’s focus, Pulmonary Infections, Immunodeficiencies and Inflammation. The division’s faculty and fellows participated with oral presentations.

Several Pediatrics residents and faculty members represented the department well at the New Orleans Mission in December as part of one of the many efforts organized by The Healthy Tigers. Chairman Raymond Watts, Ryan Pasternak, his wife Merisa and son Hayden, Staci Olister, Raynorda Brown, Rachel Herdes, Stephanie Graebert, Madeline Lemoine, Amanda Glinky, Tyler Kingdon and fiancée Joie Stoopack, Victoria Habet, and Allyson Schreiber served dinner to the homeless and rehabilitated earlier this month.

The Healthy Tigers also organized a Holiday Book Drive to help supply our Tiger Care clinic with books to give patients. The group collected 1,836 new and gently used books for kids of all ages. Thank you to residents Rachel Herdes, Amanda Glinky and their team of residents for organizing the book drive and volunteer night at the mission!

 

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