Our Contributors

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Samy Abdelghani, MD


Stephanie Anders, Pharm.D., BCPS

Transplant/Abdominal Transplant Clinic Specialist, Transplant Pharmacy Services Clinical Supervisor

Sara Artigues, RD, LDN

Transplant Registered Dietician

J. Dudley Atkinson, MD

Urology and Robotics Surgery
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Amer Awad, MD

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Bridget Bagert, MD

Neurologist, Director of Ochsner Multiple Sclerosis Center
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Jonathan Bonilla, MD

Interventional Cardiology Program, Consultative Clinical Cardiology
Elizabeth Bouanchaud

Elizabeth Bouanchaud, LOTR

Pediatric Occupational Therapist
Pediatrics, Occupational Therapy
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Jeanenne Brignac, MD

Primary Care, Family Medicine
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Burke J. Brooks, MD

Chairman of Hematology/Oncology Ochsner-Baton Rouge
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Megan Butler, MD

Family Medicine
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Daniel Canter, MD

Director of Urologic Oncology
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Michael Castine, MD

Cardiology, Heart & Vascular, Interventional Cardiology Program
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Frank Cerniglia, MD

Director, Pediatric Urology
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George Chimento, MD

Department Chairman
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Marvin Clifford, PhD

Licensed Clinical Social Worker
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David Coffin, MD

Medical Director, OMC Emergency Department
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Sean Connolly, MD

Sr Physician, Gastroenterology
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Emilie T Davis, PA-C

AVP - Advanced Practice Provider
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Emily Degan

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Homeyar K Dinshaw, MBBS, FACC

Director, Cardiac CT
Non-Invasive Imaging
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Lingling Du, MD

Cancer Care

Monica Dziuba, PharmD, DPLA

System Director, Clinical Pharmacy Services
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Lauren Eckert Ploch, MD, MEd


Lauren Elder, MD

Primary Care, Family Medicine
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Jacob Estes, MD

Section Head, Gynecologic Oncology
Cancer Care, Women's Cancer, Robotic Surgery, Ovarian Cancer, Gynecologic Oncology, Gynecologic Robotic Surgery
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John Jerry Evans, MD

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Olga Fermo, MD

Headache Specialist
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Susan Fielkow, MD

Pediatrics and Developmental Behavior Pediatrics
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Conar Fitton, MD

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Mark Fujita, MD

Primary Care

David Galarneau, MD

Medical Director, Acute Psychiatry Unit
Psychiatry & Behavioral Health Services
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Veronica Gillispie, MD

Obstetrics and Gynecology
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Patricia Granier, MD

General Pediatrics
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Christopher Gray, MD

Primary care
Primary Care
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Ryan Griffin, MD

Cancer Care
Cancer Care
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Sally Guidry, BCBA, LBA

Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)
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Lawrence L Haber, MD

Pediatric Orthopedics
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Jonathan Hand, MD

Infectious Disease
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Whitney Hardy, MD

Family Medicine
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Nathan Harrison, MD

Anesthesiology, Pain Management
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Megan Hartman, MD

Primary Care
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Sharon Y Hedges, MD

Women’s Services, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Family Birthing Center - Baton Rouge
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Dean A. Hickman, MD

Chairman, Department of Psychiatry
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Lindsey Hill, CNM

Certified Nurse Midwife
Alternative Birthing Options
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Julie Jeansonne, MD

Obstetrics and Gynecology
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Nadja Jones, MD

Primary Care

Deryk G Jones, MD

Section Head of Sports Medicine and Cartilage Restoration at the Ochsner Sports Medicine Institute
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Jeffrey S Kuo, MD

Medical Director, Ochsner Flight Care, Ochsner Regional Referral Center and St. Charles Parish EMS

Melissa G. Landry

Manager, Donor Relations and Stewardship
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Amy Linn, CNM

Certified Nurse Midwife
Alternative Birthing Options
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Kate Lufkin, DSW, LCSW-BACS

Functional Restoration
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Jennifer Malsbury, DO

General Surgery
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Richard G. Marek, MD

Chairman, Department of Family Medicine
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Jeffrey P. Marino, MD

Ear, Nose, Throat (ENT), Voice Center
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Megan Marino, MD

Pediatric ER

Adam Master, MD

Ear, Nose, Throat - ENT, Cochlear Implants, Otology/Neurotology, Hearing and Balance

Gregory Morris, MD

Obstetrics and Gynecology
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Asghar Naqvi, MD

Internal Medicine
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Susan Nelson, MD

Medical Director of Post-Acute Care for the Ochsner Health Network
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Ajsa Nikolic, MD, MHA

Medical Director of Advanced Practice Providers, Ochsner Urgent Care
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Dmitriy Niyazov, MD

Section Head, Medical Genetics, Department of Pediatrics
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Jonathan Nussdorf, MD

Chairman, Department of Ophthalmology
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Benjamin B Peeler, MD

Chief, Pediatric and Adult Congenital Cardiac Surgery
Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery, Pediatric Heart Transplant, Congenital Heart Disease (CHD)
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Jessica Perez, MCD, CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist
Pediatric Therapy & Wellness
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Sheri Porter, NP, CTTS

Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist
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Salima Qamruddin, MD, MPH

Cardiology, Non-Invasive Imaging
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Vijay Ravipati, MD

Interventional Cardiology Program
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Arnab Ray, MD

Sr Physician-Section Head, Gastroenterology
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Timothy L Riddell, MD

Primary Care, Sleep Disorders, Family Medicine

Renee Riddick, RN

Lactation Services
Lactation Services

Sunny “Callie” Rush, P.T., D.P.T.

Pediatric Physical Therapist
Pediatric Physical Therapy
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Korak Sarkar, MD

Neurology, Concussion Management

Suma Satti, MD

Cancer Care, Hematology/Oncology
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Robert John Sawyer, Ph.D.

Neurosciences, Co-Director - Brain Health & Cognitive Disorders Program
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Rayne F Schexnayder, MD


Jason Schrock, MD

Primary Care

Johanna Schutte, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C

Cancer Care
Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer and Survivorship Program
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J. Brian Seymour, MD

Medical Director, Emergency Medicine
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Lacey Seymour

Psychiatry & Behavioral Health Services; Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychology
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Pulin Shah, MD


Michael Smith, MD, MBA, CPE, FAAEM, FACEP

Director, Ochsner Simulation Center Associate Professor, University of Queensland/Ochsner Clinical School
Emergency Medicine & Emergency Rooms

Elizabeth Spansel, RD, LDN, CDE

Diabetes Management Program
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Jessica St. Pierre, LCSW

Psychiatry & Behavioral Health Services

Russell Steele, MD

Division Head, Pediatric Infectious Diseases
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Merrill Stewart, MD

Heart and Vascular

José Tafur, MD

Interventional Cardiology Program, Heart Valve Disease, Aortic Services
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Sally Turnipseed, NP

Primary Care, Family Medicine
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Gia Tyson, MD

Gastroenterology, Hepatology, Transplant Hepatology
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Fernando Urrego, MD

Pediatric Pulmonology

Joshua Vallelungo, MD

Medical Director, Ochsner Urgent Care - Covington, Mandeville
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Gabriel A. Vidal, MD

Vascular Neurology

Katrina Wade, MD

Cancer Care
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Lesley Walsh, MD

Pain Management
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Jill West, PHD

Psychiatry & Behavioral Health Services, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychology
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Monica Williams, MD

Family Medicine
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Lynn Witherspoon, MD

Internal Medicine
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Eugene Woltering, MD, FACS

Professor of Surgery, LSU Health Sciences Center
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Elizabeth Zabel, MD

Obstetrics and Gynecology