I have divided my medical career of over 40 years to patient care, clinical research,
and education of Internal Medicine residents and Rheumatology Fellows.
I feel passionate that we care for people like family and try to stress the personal
approach in training as much as accurate diagnosis and procedural techniques.
After finishing my fellowship at Walter Reed in Washington DC, and seven years of
Army service, I moved to Norfolk, Virginia to start a private practice and teach for
Eastern Virginia Medical School. I started the department of Rheumatology at EVMS,
teaching medical school students and internal medicine residents. Additionally, I
spent 15 years volunteering for the American College of Rheumatology and became a
national officer. I received the designation Master of Rheumatology from the ACR
In 1996, I moved to Louisiana to become Chief of Rheumatology at Ochsner-Baton Rouge.
In addition to teaching and caring for patients, I directed the Louisiana Arthritis
Foundation for 10 years, receiving the Louisiana Lifetime Achievement Award. I have
led clinical research projects studying RA, SLE, Sjogrens, AS, PsA, OP and more recently
large vessel vasculitis. Since 2012 I have been interested in vaccine research in
our rheumatic populations, studying herpes zoster vaccines, presenting data at the
ACR and publishing on this subject.
Following hurricane Katrina in 2005, I became involved in training Rheumatology fellows
as well as APP’s with Ochsner. In 2020, I joined the staff at LSUHSC Rheumatology
and in April 2021 I became the Rheumatology Fellowship Program Director as well as
Interim Rheumatology Section Chief within the Department of Medicine at LSUHSC.
It’s rewarding to develop students into caring and highly trained providers. It is
fulfilling to help deliver high quality care to the large number of people in our
region that suffer from health disparities
Medical: M.D. Louisiana State University School of Medicine New Orleans, Louisiana
Internship: Letterman Army Medical Center San Francisco, California
Residency: Letterman Army Medical Center San Francisco, California
Fellowship: Walter Reed Army Medical Center Washington D.C.
Fellowship: Postdoctoral Walter Reed Army Medical Center Washington D.C.