Faculty

Faculty

Adolescent Medicine

Karen Simpson, M.D., received her Bachelor’s degree in Zoology and her Bachelors in Medicine from the University of the West Indies in Jamaica. She completed her internship in Family Practice at LSU: Monroe Campus. Dr. Simpson completed her Pediatric Residency at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County in Chicago, Illinois, and her Fellowship in Adolescent Medicine at Children’s National in Washington, DC. She is the Medical Director of the Adolescent Medicine Section of the Our Lady of the Lake Pediatric Academic Clinic and the Rotation Director for the Adolescent rotation.

 

Allergy and Immunology

Theron McCormick, M.D., received his Bachelor's degree from Xavier University of Louisiana.  He received his M.D. degree from Louisiana State University, New Orleans, Louisiana.  Dr. McCormick completed his Pediatric residency at the University of Texas and his fellowship in Allergy and Immunology through Baylor College of Medicine at Texas Children's Hospital.

Sandhya Mani, M.D., received her Bachelor's degree from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee.  She received her M.D. degree from Louisiana State University, New Orleans, Louisiana.  Dr. Mani completed her Internal Medicine/Pediatric residency at Louisiana State University, New Orleans, as well as her fellowship in Allergy and Immunology. She is the Rotation Director for Allergy and Immunology.

 

Ambulatory Care

Academic Primary Care Faculty

Diane Kirby, M.D., received her Bachelor's degree in Biology from the University of New Orleans, New Orleans, Louisiana.  Dr. Kirby received her M.D. degree from Louisiana State University, New Orleans, and completed her Pediatric residency there as well. She was a Fellow in Educational Leadership and Teaching and Learning at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine.  Dr. Kirby is the Director of the Continuity Clinic (Pediatric Academic Clinic) and Assistant Director for Faculty Development within the Pediatric Residency Program.

Roberta Vicari, M.D., received her doctoral degree from Louisiana State University School of Medicine. Prior to joining the residency program, she served as Medical Director for the Pediatric Department and Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital. She currently serves on several community boards and is very active in the Baton Rouge community. She completed her residency in Pediatrics at Earl K. Long Hospital and is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Vicari is an Associate Director for the Pediatric Residency Program and the OLOL Director for Medical Student Clerkships through the Tulane School of Medicine. 

Jamar Melton, M.D., received his doctoral degree from Louisiana State University, New Orleans, and completed his residency in Pediatrics at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital. Dr. Melton was the Director of the Board for Woman's Hospital. Dr. Melton currently is in private practice at the Baton Rouge Clinic.

T’Lane M. Folse, MD, joined the Internal Medicine & Pediatric Group in 1997 upon completion of a combined internal medicine and pediatrics internship and residency at Louisiana State University School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA. A native of Vacherie, LA, Dr. Folse attended Nicholls State University, Thibodeaux, LA, received an undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University School of Allied Health, New Orleans, LA. She received the doctor of medicine degree from Louisiana State University Medical School, New Orleans, LA.

Bradford J. Smith, MD, joined the Internal Medicine & Pediatric Group in 1999 upon completion of an internal medicine and pediatrics residency at the University of Tennessee, Memphis, TN. A native of Baton Rouge, LA, Dr. Smith graduated from University High School, Baton Rouge, LA, and received an undergraduate degree with honors from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA. He received the doctor of medicine degree from Louisiana State University Medical School, Shreveport, LA.

Brad C. Giarrusso, MD, joined the Internal Medicine & Pediatric Group in 2007 after practicing urgent care medicine in Baton Rouge, LA. A native of Mandeville, he received an undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA, doctor of medicine degree from Louisiana State University School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA, and completed an internship and residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, New Orleans, LA.

Thiravat Choojitarom, MD, FAAP, is a graduate of Boston University, Boston, MA. He received his medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, LA, where he also completed his residency. Dr. Choojitarom is board certified in pediatrics and is a fellow in the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Sandra A. Franz, MD, FAAP, was born in Alexandria, La. She earned her medical degree from the LSU School of Medicine in Shreveport and completed her residency at Hasbro Children's Hospital at Brown University in Rhode Island. Dr. Franz began her practice with Pediatric Medical Center in 2000. She is Board Certified in Pediatrics and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Amanda L. Talbot, MD, FAAP, is a native of Houma Louisiana. She completed her medical school training from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport. She then trained in pediatrics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Children’s Hospital of Alabama. She lives in the Zachary area with her husband and three children. She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Christopher M. Funes, M.D., received his doctoral degree from Louisiana State University, New Orleans.  He completed his pediatric residency through the Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Funes has served as the Chief of Pediatrics for Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center. Dr. Funes is a preceptor in the Pediatric Academic Clinic and Rotation Director of the Term Newborn rotation.

Ashley Adams Lucas, MD, FAAP, earned her medical degree from the University of Texas Medical School in Houston, TX. She completed her pediatric residency at Tulane, Ochsner and University Hospitals in New Orleans, La where she was named Outstanding Pediatrics Resident in 1999. Dr. Lucas has special interests in early childhood, obesity prevention, breastfeeding, and ADHD.

 

Dermatology

Scott Jackson, M.D., received his Bachelor’s degree in Cell and Molecular Biology and History from Tulane University. He received his M.D. from Louisiana State University, New Orleans. He completed an internship in Internal Medicine at the Earl K. Long Hospital, Baton Rouge. He completed his Dermatology residency at LSU, New Orleans. Dr. Jackson is Board Certified in Dermatology.

 

Developmental-Behavioral Medicine

Steven Felix, M.D., is Board Certified in Pediatrics and Developmental Pediatrics. He received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and medical degree from Boston University. Dr. Felix completed both his internship and residency at Oakland Naval Hospital and did his fellowship training at the University of Washington. Dr. Felix specializes in the diagnosis, treatment and management of children with developmental and behavioral conditions. He is the Curriculum Director for Medical Ethics for the residency program.

Eric Weil, M.D., received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology and Spanish from Illinois Wesleyan University. He received his medical doctorate from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. Dr. Weil completed his Pediatric residency at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. He was a Senior Ethics Fellow at the University of Chicago MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics and earned certification in Medical Ethics.

Cindy E. Chestaro, M.D. received her medical degree from Universidad Iberoamericana in the Dominican Republic and then went on to complete a residency in Pediatrics at John H. Stroger Hospital of Cook County in Chicago, IL. Dr. Chestaro then completed a Fellowship in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at The University of Chicago Medicine & Biological Sciences. She is also a graduate of the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities (LEND) Program from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She specializes in the diagnostic evaluation, biomedical management, and family support for children with motor, communicative, sensory, developmental, genetic, neurological, learning, and behavioral disorders – including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Complex ADHD, Learning Disorders, Speech and Language Disorders, Intellectual Disability, Developmental Delays and Behavioral Disorders. Dr. Chestaro is board-certified in Pediatrics. Dr. Chestaro speaks both English and Spanish.

Pediatric Cardiology

Michael S. Crapanzano, M.D., MHCM, received his Bachelor of Science in Zoology and M.D. degrees from Louisiana State University. He completed his pediatric residency and fellowship in Pediatric Cardiology at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. Dr. Crapanzano completed a Masters of Healthcare Management at Harvard University. Dr. Crapanzano serves as an attending for the Hospital Pediatric Service and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital.

Lauren M. Haddad, MD received her medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans and completed her residency and Fellowship in pediatric cardiology at the University of Tennessee. Dr. Haddad is Board Certified in pediatrics and pediatric cardiology.

R. Lester Hixon, M.D., received his Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology from the University of Georgia.  He received his M.D. degree and completed his Pediatric Residency and Cardiology Fellowship at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta.   Dr. Hixon attends in the Hospital Pediatric Service and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital.

 

Pediatric Critical Care

Brian Binck, M.D., received his Bachelor's and M.D. degrees from the University of Oklahoma.  He completed his pediatric residency at Children's Hospital of Oklahoma and a Pediatric Critical Care fellowship through the University of Texas Southwestern.  He has served as an assistant professor at both UT Southwestern in Dallas and Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia.  He serves as the Medical Director of the PICU at Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital.

Kelechi Iheagwara, M.D., MPH, received her M.D. degree from New York University School of Medicine and completed her Pediatric residency at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York.  She then completed a Pediatric Critical Care fellowship through The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.  Dr. Iheagwara also holds a Master of Public Health, Health Policy and Management degree from Columbia University. She serves as the Rotation Director for the PICU.

Firdous Laique, M.D., received her Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery degree from King Faisal University in Saudi Arabia. She completed her Pediatric Critical Care fellowship at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. Dr. Laique was recently awarded Faculty of the Year honors for her outstanding teaching of residents from the LSU/Earl K. Long Emergency Medicine Residency Program in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  Dr. Laique serves as the Medical Director for the Transport Service at Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital.

Stephen Papizan, M.D., received his Bachelor of Science degree from Mississippi College in Clinton, Mississippi. He attended the University of the Mississippi School of Medicine, where he received his M.D. degree and completed his Pediatric internship and residency.  Dr. Papizan completed his fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care medicine through the Medical College of Georgia.

 

Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Steven Beasley, M.D., received his Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Chemistry from the University of Southwestern Louisiana.  He received his doctorate from Louisiana State University, New Orleans. He completed his internship at Grady Memorial Hospital, Emory Medical School, and did his Pediatric residency at Earl K. Long Hospital, LSU Medical Center. Dr. Beasley serves as the Rotation Director for the Lake After Hours Urgent Care rotation. Dr. Beasley is Board Certified in both Pediatrics and Pediatric Emergency Medicine.

Rebecca Hook, MD received her medical degree from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield, IL. She completed her residency at University of Tennessee-Memphis and her pediatric emergency medicine Fellowship at University of Texas-Southwestern. Dr. Hook is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Rick Lasseigne, M.D., received his Bachelor's degree from Nicholls State University. He received his M.D. degree from Louisiana State University, New Orleans, and then completed his Pediatric residency at Earl K. Long Hospital in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  Dr. Lasseigne was in private practice for 23 years in Thibodaux, Louisiana.  He currently serves in the Pediatric Emergency Department at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center.

Ashley Saucier, MD., received her Bachelor’s degree in Zoology, along with a Latin minor, from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge. She received her doctorate from LSU, Shreveport. Dr. Saucier completed her Pediatric residency and Pediatric Emergency Medicine fellowship at the University of Tennessee Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis. She is the Medical Director for the Pediatric Emergency Room at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center.

Christopher Woodward, D.O., received his Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Lyon College in Arkansas. He received his D.O. from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. Dr. Woodward completed his Emergency Medicine internship and residency at LSU’s Earl K. Long Medical Center in Baton Rouge, LA. He completed his Pediatric Internal Medicine fellowship at the University of Tennessee Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center in Memphis. He serves as the Rotation Director for Emergency Medicine.

 

Pediatric Gastroenterology

John "Brannon" Alberty, M.D., MS, received his medical doctorate degree from Louisiana State University, Shreveport, and his Master of Clinical Investigation degree from Vanderbilt University.  Dr. Alberty completed his residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics through the University of Kentucky and his Pediatric Gastroenterology fellowship with Vanderbilt Children's Hospital.  Dr. Alberty serves as the Rotation Director for the Pediatric Gastroenterology rotation. 

Ghanim Aljomah MD, completed his residency in pediatrics at Tulane University in New Orleans. He then completed a pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition fellowship at the University at Buffalo in Buffalo, New York. Dr. Aljomah is Board Certified in pediatrics and Board Certified in pediatric gastroenterology. His special interests within the gastroenterology specialty include inflammatory bowel disease, fatty liver disease and abdominal pain.

Meredith C. Hitch, MD earned her degree in medicine from St. George’s University School of Medicine in Grenada, West Indies. She completed both her internship and residency in pediatrics at the University of Louisville School of Medicine in Kentucky. Dr. Hitch then completed her Fellowship in pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition at Washington University School of Medicine in Missouri. She is Board Certified in both pediatrics and pediatric gastroenterology.

Elizabeth M. McDonough, MD earned her degree in medicine from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. She completed both her internship and residency in pediatrics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Tennessee, where she also completed her Fellowship in pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition. She is Board Certified in both pediatrics and pediatric gastroenterology.

Patrice Tyson, M.D., earned her doctorate in medicine from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. She completed both her internship and residency in Pediatrics at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, where she also trained for her fellowship in Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. Dr. Tyson is Board Certified in both Pediatrics and Pediatric Gastroenterology.

 

Genetics

Duane Superneau, M.D., received his M.D. degree from the University of Washington.  He completed his internship and Pediatric residency through Louisiana State University, New Orleans.  His fellowship was completed through the Department of Medical Genetics at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine. Dr. Superneau serves as Rotation Director for the Genetics rotation.

 

Pediatric Hematology-Oncology

Catherine H. Boston, MD, received her medical degree from LSU School of Medicine in Shreveport, LA. She completed her residency in pediatrics at Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital in New Haven, CT. Dr. Boston also completed Fellowship training in pediatric hematology/ oncology at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX. She is Board Certified in pediatrics.

Jeff Deyo, M.D., Ph.D., received his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and MD Anderson Cancer Center.  Dr. Deyo completed his Pediatric residency and fellowship in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology through the Baylor College of Medicine.  Dr. Deyo has dual appointments at the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital in the St. Jude Clinic. Dr. Deyo serves as the Rotation Director for the Hematology-Oncology Rotation and is an Assistant Director within the Pediatric Residency Program. 

Leonid Dubrovsky, MD received his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, PA and completed his pediatric residency at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington DC. He completed his pediatric hematology oncology Fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, NY. Dr. Dubrovsky is Board Certified in pediatrics and pediatric hematology oncology, and is an active member of the American Society of Pediatric Hematology Oncology and the Children’s Oncology Group.

 

Pediatric Hospital Medicine

Natalie Ball Evans, M.D., received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering from Louisiana Tech University and her M.D. degree from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans.  Dr. Evans completed her Pediatric residency at Louisiana State University, New Orleans.

Angela Byrd, M.D., received her Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge. She received her M.D. from Duke University. Dr. Byrd completed her internship and Pediatric residency at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

Erin Hauck, M.D., received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Southeastern Louisiana University.  She received her M.D. degree from Louisiana State University, New Orleans.  She completed both her internship and Pediatric and Internal medicine residencies through the Louisiana State University Medical Center in New Orleans. Dr. Hauck is Board Certified in Pediatrics and Internal Medicine. She is the Rotation Director for the Inpatient service.

Emily Klepper, MD received her medical degree from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Shreveport, LA. She completed her pediatric residency at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, LA. Dr. Klepper is Board Certified by the American Board of Pediatrics in general pediatrics.

Melissa Roy, MD received her medical degree and completed her pediatric residency at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans, LA. Dr. Roy is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and Board Certified by the American Board of Pediatrics in general pediatrics.

 

Neonatology

Shelley S. Davies, M.D., FAAP, is a graduate of Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.  She attended the Louisiana State University School of Medicine and also completed her residency and fellowship there.  Dr. Davies is Board Certified in Pediatrics and sub-board certified in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine.

Donald F. Meyn Jr., M.D., is a graduate of Louisiana State University and obtained his Medical Degree there.  He attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham for his Pediatric internship and residency. He also completed the Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship program there.  Dr. Meyn is Board Certified in Pediatrics and Sub-Board Certified in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine.

Henry Skipper "Kip" Smith, IV, M.D., graduated from Vanderbilt University.  He received his MD from the University of Alabama School of Medicine.  His residency and fellowship were completed at the University of Louisville, Kosair Children's Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky.  Dr. Smith is Board Certified in Pediatrics and Sub-Board Certified in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine.

Thomas D. Soltau, Jr., MD is a native of Camden, South Carolina. Thomas graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1999 and obtained his Medical Degree from Medical College of Georgia in May, 2003. He attended University of Alabama at Birmingham for his Pediatric Internship and Residency and completed the Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship program in June, 2009. Dr. Soltau is board certified in Pediatrics and Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine.

Steven B. Spedale, M.D., received his Bachelor’s degree from Rice University and his M.D. degree from the University of Texas, Houston.  He completed his pediatric residency and fellowship in Neonatology through the University of Colorado.  He has served as an assistant professor in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at the University of Texas. Dr. Spedale has been the Medical Director of the Center for Newborn and Infant Care at Woman's Hospital in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, since 1996 and is Board Certified in Pediatrics and Sub-Board Certified in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine.

Kimberly M. Stewart, M.D., FAAP, is a graduate of Xavier University of New Orleans.  She attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine and completed her Pediatric residency at the Louisiana State University School of Medicine.  Dr. Stewart's Neonatal-Perinatal fellowship was fulfilled at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.  Dr. Stewart is Board Certified in Pediatrics and Sub-Board Certified in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine.

Cynthia A. Voelker, M.D., FAAP, is a graduate of Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans.  She completed her Pediatric residency at LSU and Neonatology fellowship at LSU and the Tulane Medical Center.  Dr. Voelker is Board Certified in Pediatrics and Sub-Board Certified in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine.  She has served as Medical Director of Pediatric Respiratory at Woman's Hospital in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

 

Pediatric Endocrinology

Jay Gardner, M.D., earned his degree in medicine from the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center,  New Orleans, where he also completed his internship and residency in Pediatrics. Dr. Gardner did his fellowship training in Endocrinology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is Board Certified in Pediatrics. Dr. Gardner serves as the Rotation Director for the Pediatric Endocrinology rotation. He is also the OLOL Director for Medical Student Clerkships through the Louisiana State University School of Medicine.

Chantal Lutfallah, M.D., is Board Certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Endocrinology. She received her Bachelor’s degree and medical doctorate from the American University of Beirut in Lebanon. She completed both her residency in Pediatrics and her fellowship in Pediatric Endocrinology at the University of Illinois in Chicago. She was previously an assistant professor in Pediatric Endocrinology at Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago, IL.

 

Pediatric Infectious Disease

Michael Bolton, M.D., received his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.  He earned his medical doctorate from Louisiana State University in Shreveport.  He completed his residency in Internal Medicine/Pediatrics at Louisiana State University in Shreveport.  He then completed a fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.  He returned to Louisiana to practice Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital. Dr. Bolton serves as the Director of Quality and Safety for Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital, the Assistant Director of Quality for the residency program, and the Rotation Director for Infectious Disease.

Adaora S. Uzodi, MD, MPH earned her degree in medicine from the University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus. She then completed her internship and residency in pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of New Jersey at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. Dr. Uzodi did her fellowship training in pediatric infectious disease at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. She is Board Certified in pediatrics and pediatric infectious disease.

 

Pediatric Neurology

Charlotte Hollman, M.D., completed her residency in Pediatrics through the Baylor College of Medicine. She then completed her fellowship in Child Neurology with an emphasis in Electroencephalography at the University of Minnesota.  Dr. Hollman was the first pediatric neurologist in the city of Baton Rouge, and she has been in private practice since 1983.  Her special interest areas are Epilepsy, Autism, and Neonatal Neurology. Dr. Hollman serves as the Rotation Director for the Pediatric Neurology rotation.

Lalania Schexnayder, M.D., Ph.D., received her Ph.D. in Neuroscience and M.D. degree from the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.  She completed her Pediatric residency, Adult Neurology residency, and fellowship in Child Neurology through Baylor College of Medicine.  She currently serves on staff with The Baton Rouge Clinic.

 

Pediatric Neurosurgery

Allen S. Joseph, M.D., received his M.D. degree from Baylor University and completed a rotating internship with Ben Taub Hospital in Houston, Texas.  Dr. Joseph completed both his surgical and neurosurgical residencies with the Baylor College of Medicine.  He completed his fellowship in Pediatric Neurosurgical through The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada.  He has served as the Chief of Neurosurgical Service with Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington and the Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery of Walter Reed Army Medical Center.  Dr. Joseph currently serves as an assistant professor of Pediatrics and Neurosurgery with the Louisiana State University School of Medicine and as an assistant professor of neurosurgery with Tulane School of Medicine.  He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

 

Pediatric Orthopaedics

Dr. Brad Culotta, M.D., received his B.S. from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge. He received his M.D. from Louisiana State University, New Orleans. He completed his Orthopaedic Surgery residency at the University of Alabama: Birmingham and his Pediatric Orthopaedic fellowship at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite. He practices at the Baton Rouge Orthopaedic Clinic.

 

Pediatric Pulmonary

Jessica Lyn Brown, DO received her bachelor degree in Biology from Stetson University in DeLand, Florida, and her “D.O.” and “MPH” from Nova SE College of Osteopathic Medical School in Davie, Florida. After completing a pediatric residency at UF Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Florida, she worked at a community health center in Orlando for two years. The next three years she served as faculty at the Children’s Hospital in Oklahoma City, where she helped develop an obesity toolkit to help providers diagnose and treat overweight and obese children. She then completed pediatric pulmonary and sleep medicine fellowships at the University of Alabama Birmingham. Her interests include pediatric obstructive sleep apnea syndrome, obesity and asthma.

Andres Carrion, MD attended college at the University of Puerto Rico, and obtained his medical degree from San Juan Bautista School of Medicine. He complete his residency in Pediatrics at Our Lady of the Lake in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Subsequently, he completed his fellowship training in Pediatric Pulmonology at the University of Tennessee in Memphis, with clinical duties at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. He then decided to go back to Louisiana to begin practicing pediatric pulmonology in the place that he once trained. Dr. Carrion is board certified in General Pediatrics and board eligible in Pediatric Pulmonology.

Rafael Cillonez, M.D., is a fellowship trained pediatric pulmonologist and a Board Certified pediatrician. He completed medical school at Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia in Lima Peru. Dr. Cilloniz completed his Pediatric residency at the University of Florida College of Medicine in Gainesville, FL, where he also completed his fellowship. Dr. Cilloniz sees patients at the Children’s Respiratory and Sleep Center at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center.

Tom Horsman, M.D., received his Bachelor's degree from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  Dr. Horsman received his M.D. degree from West Virginia University School of Medicine, Morgantown, West Virginia.  He completed his Pediatric residency and Pediatric Pulmonary fellowship from the University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida. Dr. Horsman serves as the Rotation Director for the Pediatric Pulmonary rotation.

 

Radiology

Allison Simon Vitter, M.D., received her Bachelor’s degree in Zoology from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge. She received her M.D. from Louisiana State University in New Orleans. Dr. Vitter completed an internship in Internal Medicine at Tulane University and her Radiology residency at Ochsner Clinic Foundation, New Orleans. She completed a Pediatric Radiology fellowship at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston. Dr. Vitter is Board Certified in Radiology and is the Rotation Director for Pediatric Radiology at OLOL.

Brandon St. Amant, M.D., received a B.S. in Biochemistry from Texas A&M University. He received his M.D. from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. He completed an internship and Radiology residency at University of Florida Shands Jacksonville.  He then completed a fellowship in Body Imaging at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida.   Dr. St. Amant is a Board Certified radiologist who serves as the Medical Director of Imaging Services at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center.

 

Pediatric Sleep Medicine

Jessica Lyn Brown, DO received her bachelor degree in Biology from Stetson University in DeLand, Florida, and her “D.O.” and “MPH” from Nova SE College of Osteopathic Medical School in Davie, Florida. After completing a pediatric residency at UF Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Florida, she worked at a community health center in Orlando for two years. The next three years she served as faculty at the Children’s Hospital in Oklahoma City, where she helped develop an obesity toolkit to help providers diagnose and treat overweight and obese children. She then completed pediatric pulmonary and sleep medicine fellowships at the University of Alabama Birmingham. Her interests include pediatric obstructive sleep apnea syndrome, obesity and asthma.

Dwayne D. Henry, MD received his medical degree from St. Matthew’s University School of Medicine in Grand Cayman, British West Indies. He then completed his residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at the University of Oklahoma. Dr. Henry completed a Fellowship in pediatric nephrology at the University of Florida, followed by a Fellowship in sleep medicine from the University of Alabama Birmingham.

Pediatric Surgery

Faith Hansbrough, M.D., received her M.D. degree from Louisiana State University, New Orleans.  She continued at LSU, New Orleans with an internship and residency in General Surgery and a research fellowship. Dr. Hansbrough completed her fellowship in Pediatric Surgery through the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center.

John Lopoo, M.D., received his M.D. degree from Louisiana State University, Shreveport. He completed a general surgery internship and residency at Oklahoma University Health Science Center.  Dr. Lopoo was a research fellow at the Fetal Treatment Center at the University of California, San Francisco.  He also completed his fellowship in Pediatric Surgery through Children's Memorial Hospital at Northwestern University.

Robert Upp, M.D., received his M.D. degree from Louisiana State University, Shreveport.  He completed his internship and surgical residency at the University of Texas Medical School.  Dr. Upp completed his residency in pediatric surgery through the Ohio State University College of Medicine.  He currently serves as an associate clinical professor of surgery with the Louisiana State University Medical Center. 

James H. Wood, MD received his medical degree from Vanderbilt University, where he also completed his residency in general surgery. Dr. Wood also completed a general surgery residency and pediatric surgery research Fellowship at University of Colorado Denver. He then completed a final pediatric surgery residency at Children's Medical Center of Dallas. He is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Pediatric Surgery Association, American College of Surgeons and Association for Academic Surgery. Dr. Wood is Board Certified in pediatric surgery.

 

Advocacy/Community Medicine

Sue Catchings, M.A., received her Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology and a teaching certificate in secondary science from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. She received a Master’s degree in Health Studies from Southeastern Louisiana University and is certified as a Health Education Specialist. Sue has been the Chief Executive Officer of Health Centers in Schools (HCS) since 1994.

Thiravat Choojitarom, M.D., received his Bachelor's degree from Boston University, Boston, MA.  He received his M.D. degree from Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, Louisiana.  Dr. Choojitarom completed his Pediatric residency from Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans. He is a Rotation Director for the Primary Care Program.

Pam McMahon, PhD, MPH, received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of New Orleans. She received both an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Psychology from LeHigh University in Pennsylvania. She was a post-doctoral scholar at the University of Michigan’s School of Social Work in Ann Arbor. She received a Master’s of Public Health degree in Epidemiology from Emory University’s School of Public Health in Atlanta. Dr. McMahon serves as Our Lady of the Lake Pediatric Residency Research Director. She also serves as an independent contractor for the Tulane University Department of Family and Community Medicine.

Roberta Vicari, M.D., received her doctoral degree from Louisiana State University School of Medicine. Prior to joining the residency program, she served as Medical Director for the Pediatric Department and Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital. She currently serves on several community boards and is very active in the Baton Rouge community. She completed her residency in Pediatrics at Earl K. Long Hospital and is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Vicari is an Associate Director for the Pediatric Residency Program and the OLOL Director for Medical Student Clerkships through the Tulane School of Medicine.

 

Academic Affairs/Research

Laurinda Calongne, Ed.D.  received a Bachelor’s degree from Nicholls State University. She received her MSW degree from Tulane University and her Master of Education degree from the University of Southern California.  Dr. Calongne completed a one year fellowship in Medical Education at the USC Keck School of Medicine. She earned her Doctorate of Education with a specialization in leadership and management from Capella University. Dr. Calongne is the Chief Academic Officer and Designated Institutional Officer for Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center.

Pam McMahon, Ph.D., MPH, received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of New Orleans. She received both an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Psychology from LeHigh University in Pennsylvania. She was a post-doctoral scholar at the University of Michigan’s School of Social Work in Ann Arbor. She received a Master’s of Public Health degree in Epidemiology from Emory University’s School of Public Health in Atlanta. Dr. McMahon serves as Our Lady of the Lake Pediatric Residency Research Director. She also serves as an independent contractor for the Tulane University Department of Family and Community Medicine.

Richard Vath, M.Ed., received his Bachelor’s degree in Physics from Tulane University. He received an M.A. in Science Education from the University of Texas at Austin. He expects to complete his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Michigan. Mr. Vath serves at the OLOL Education Research Manager.

 

Quality and Patient Safety

Michael Bolton, M.D., received his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.  He earned his medical doctorate from Louisiana State University in Shreveport.  He completed his residency in Internal Medicine/Pediatrics at Louisiana State University in Shreveport.  He then completed a fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.  He returned to Louisiana to practice Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital. Dr. Bolton serves as the Director of Quality and Safety for Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital, the Assistant Director of Quality for the residency program, and the Rotation Director for Infectious Diseases.

 

Medical Ethics

Steven Felix, M.D., is Board Certified in Pediatrics and Developmental Pediatrics. He received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and medical degree from Boston University. Dr. Felix completed both his internship and residency at Oakland Naval Hospital and did his fellowship training at the University of Washington. Dr. Felix specializes in the diagnosis, treatment and management of children with developmental and behavioral conditions. He is the Curriculum Director for Medical Ethics for the residency program.

Jim Reagan, Ph.D., received an A.B. in Theology from the University of Notre Dame. He received a Master’s degree in Religious Education from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology in Atlanta. He also received his Ph.D. in Religion from Emory University. Dr. Reagan has served as a medical ethicist, a medical school professor, and a staff chaplain during his career. He is a bioethicist for Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center.

Eric Weil, M.D., received his Bachelors of Arts degree in Biology and Spanish from Illinois Wesleyan University. He received his medical doctorate from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. Dr. Weil completed his Pediatric residency at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. He was a Senior Ethics Fellow at the University of Chicago MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics and earned certification in Medical Ethics.