School of Medicine

Infectious Diseases

Welcome to the LSU General Infectious Diseases Section

Welcome to the LSU Health-New Orleans Section of General Infectious Diseases!

Our faculty has a longstanding commitment to excellence in general infectious diseases clinical care, research, and training in the unique setting that is New Orleans. As a port city with international roots, New Orleans along with South Louisiana is a “gumbo” of cultures and socioeconomic backgrounds that provides for a wide variety of infectious processes in a diverse patient population. LSU Health has a long history of serving this community with dignity and providing the best care possible.

From this commitment flows our passion for training the next generation of physicians. Our fellows learn from the rich clinical landscape afforded by the culturally diverse patient population of the New Orleans metropolitan area. As a training program, we feel strongly at LSU that it is our mission to provide exceptional and compassionate care to the underserved population of our city for whom we are the major safety net provider. Please visit our fellowship program to learn more!

Our program developed in conjunction with historic Charity Hospital, one of the largest public hospitals in the United States. Today, many of our faculty work at University Medical Center-New Orleans (UMCNO), the successor to Charity Hospital, as well as several hospitals in the greater New Orleans area.

Our research interests likewise focus on important areas that disproportionately affect our community. Therefore, we have nationally recognized programs in collaborative strategies to optimize HIV care, new diagnostics and treatments for sexually transmitted infections, novel interventions to prevent HIV transmission, and treatment of HIV-associated malignancies and comorbidities. We have active collaborations with the LSU Health Alcohol & Drug Abuse Center of Excellence and the LSU Health/LCMC Health Cancer Center.

Louisiana also ranks among the top 10 states in antibiotic prescriptions per 1000 population. As a result, LSU in collaboration with our hospital partners has developed robust antibiotic stewardship programs. The UMCNO program is national recognized by the Infectious Diseases Society of America as an Antimicrobial Stewardship Center of Excellence.

Because of our affiliation with UMCNO, our group is also dedicated to collaborative care for patients with complex musculoskeletal infections. Several of our faculty focus primarily to this difficult population working with surgical and wound care colleagues to optimize outcomes.