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

Cell Biology and Anatomy: 

  • Dr. John Cork was recently awarded the DAISY Faculty Award which is given to someone “to honor his/her exceptional impact on students and his/her inspirational influence on a student’s future.” This award was given by the School of Nursing and is one of the school’s top teaching awards.
  • Dr. Carmen Canavier received R01 funding for 5 years from the NIH-NIDA for her project entitled, “A Dynamic Diversity of Dopamine Neurons” effective April 1, 2017.
  • The Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy has again been honored by those who have won Aesculapian Excellence in Teaching Awards. Dr. Jason Mussell was the winner for the L-1 Fall Semester Award; Dr. Mitzi Glover was the winner for the L-1 Spring Semester Award; and Dr. Hamilton Farris was the winner for the L-2 Fall Semester Award. Also, those who were nominated for awards also deserve mention: Drs. William Swartz and Richard Whitworth.
  • At the Pre-Commencement ceremonies for the School of Medicine, the Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy and its faculty were again honored for their excellence in teaching. The following awards were given at the Pre-Commencement Ceremony:
    • Best Pre-clinical Department Award – Cell Biology and Anatomy
    • Copping Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Basic Sciences – Dr. Guen Rae
    • Best Pre-clinical Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching – Dr. Ham Farris
    • Hooders who were selected by the current L-4 class of graduates – Drs. Swartz and Mussell

Genetics: 

  • Fokhrul Hossain received first place among early stage investigators for his poster presentation at the American Society of Experimental Therapeutics.
  • The Department of Genetics graduated three students at the May commencement.  Matthew Dean graduated with his PhD, and Drs. Jack DePaolo and Michael Ripple, formerly PhD graduates in Genetics, were awarded their MD degrees.
  • Andrew Hollenbach, PhD, has been named the Co-Director of Basic Sciences Curriculum, School of Medicine. Along with Dr. Joy Sturtevant, he will work to oversee basic science course objectives and will oversee the process of curriculum improvement and compliance with accreditation standards.

 Microbiology, Immunology, and Parasitology (MIP): 

  • Jeffery Hobden, PhD, was interviewed twice on Fox 8 News live about the importance of washing produce and on disinfecting showers. Also, his expert testimony at a trial in Oberlin, Louisiana helped the LA Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) avoid a multi-party lawsuit in a case that’s been under duration for four years, in which the State was deemed not at fault in a fatal drunk driving incident.
  • Chris Taylor, PhD, served as co-organizer for the 5th Annual LA Conference on Computational Biology & Bioinformatics which was held April 7-8, 2017 in New Orleans at Xavier University.
  • Seven MIP students graduated at the May commencement. Patricia Dehon Mott, Rafiq un Nabi, Shardulendra Sherchand, and Spencer Robichaux graduated with their PhD degrees. Ferdous Kadri, Valarie McMurtry, and Whitney Nichols, formerly PhD graduates in MIP, were awarded their MD degrees.
  • Joy Sturtevant, PhD, has been named the Co-Director of Basic Sciences Curriculum, School of Medicine. Along with Andrew Hollenbach, she ensures course objectives are aligned with the programmatic objectives, and develops and expands curriculum, especially for those courses required for accreditation. Overall, she will oversee the process of curriculum improvement and compliance with accreditation standards.

OB/GYN: 

  • LSU New Orleans program directors Drs. Polite, Heard, and Holman presented two posters at the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) conference in New Orleans:
    • “Increasing our Residency Applicant Pool”
    • “A Structured Approach to the Fellowship Match”
  • Dr. Florencia Polite attended the annual National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) meeting as a Test Committee Representative Member.  Dr. Polite, along with Dr. Cathy Lazarus (Associate Dean for Student Affairs), are the only two representatives from LSUHSC.

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 Otolaryngology: 

  • Dr. Moises Arriaga, Professor, was appointed President of the American Neurotology Society (ANS).
  • Dr. Jeffrey Hotaling, Assistant Professor was nominated by the LSU Aesculapian Society for the Junior Faculty Aesculapian Excellence in Teaching Award, March 2017.
  • Dr. Chu Chen, Professor, was appointed an editorial Board member of Scientific Report, a journal from the publisher of Nature, March 2017.
  • The Department of Otolaryngology offers a new School of Medicine Elective Course: ENT Head and Neck Cancer. It begins this fiscal year 2017-2018.
  • Dr. Laura Hetzler, Associate Professor and Program Director, Our Lady of the Lake Hearing & Balance Center Staff, and Our Lady of the Lake Head & Neck Center staff held the first Our Lady of the Lake Facial Nerve Disorders Multidiscipline Clinic on March 28, 2017.
  • Dr. Daniel W. Nuss, Course Chair, Dr. Rahul Mehta, Faculty at the North American Skull Base Society Annual Meeting; Pre Meeting Course conducted at LSU Center for Advanced Practice. New Orleans, March 1-2, 2017.
  • Dr. Daniel W. Nuss, invited lecturer, “Indications for Open Approaches and Reconstruction of the Infratemporal Fossa”, North American Skull Base Society Annual Meeting, New Orleans March 3-5, 2017.
  • Dr. Rahul Mehta, invited lecturer, “Temporal Bone Drilling – From Simple to Complex. Basic Mastoidectomy Techniques”, North American Skull Base Society Annual Meeting, New Orleans March 3-5, 2017.
  • Dr. Jeffrey Joseph, Assistant Professor, presented at the Foundation for Facial Aesthetic Surgery, 24th State-of-the-Art in Facial Aesthetics the following, “Integrating New Technology into an Aesthetics Practice” and “How I use Collagen Stimulating and Long Lasting Hyaluronic Acid Injectables” in New Orleans, LA, March 2017.
  • LSU ENT Resident Sinus & Sleep Surgery Course, Course Director, Kevin McLaughlin, MD, Center for Advanced Practice Conference Room, Lions Building, New Orleans, La, March 31-April 1, 2017.
  • LSU ENT Resident Temporal Bone Dissection Course, Course Director, Moises Arriaga, MD, Center for Advanced Practice Conference Room, Lions Building, New Orleans, La, April 21-22, 2017.
  • LSU ENT Resident and Faculty Retreat, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center, Baton Rouge, La, March 14, 2017.
  • During Head & Neck Cancer Alliance Week, Dr. Robert Peden, Associate Professor held an Oral Cancer Screening clinic in Baton Rouge at Bon Marche on March 30, 2017.

Pediatrics: 

  • The American Gastroenterological Institute Council selected Paul Hyman, MD as the recipient of the 2017 Growth, Development & Child Health Section Research Mentor Award at Digestive Disease Week in Chicago.
  • Luke Wall, MD, Ricardo Sorensen, MD and Kenneth Paris, MD, MPH spoke to patients at the Immune Deficiency Foundation Educational Meeting in Baton Rouge in March. Each gave a presentation and participated in a Q&A forum for patients and families living with Primary Immunodeficiencies.