LSU OPHTHALMOLOGY RESIDENTS 2021-2022

 

 

PGY4, Class of 2023

 

 

Annam Headshot Kaushik Annam, MD

     

Medical School:

Brown University - The Warren Alpert Medical School, Providence

Undergraduate:

University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton School, Philadelphia

I chose LSU because LSU offers the unique opportunity to learn ophthalmology in a variety of geographical and institutional settings. To me, having that breadth of exposure is invaluable. Besides that, it doesn't hurt that New Orleans serves up some of the best food and music in the country! –Kaushik Annam

 

 

 

 

Christopher Lasecki Christopher Henry Lasecki, MD

     

Medical School:

University of South Alabama COM, Mobile

Undergraduate:

University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa

I chose LSU because I really cannot say enough about how much I love living in New Orleans. In addition to great location, this program involves working at diverse clinics with a large variety of teaching faculty. As I am finishing the integrated internship, I have already been exposed to a significant amount of rare/advanced pathology and trauma. I feel that this residency will prepare us to be comfortable in any situation we encounter in practice. -Chris Lasecki


 

 

 

 

John Morgan John "Jack" Morgan, MD

     

Medical School:

University of South Alabama COM, Mobile

Undergraduate:

Furman University, Greenville, South Carolina

  I chose LSU because the program provides eye care to a diversity of people across the state and we encounter a lot of interesting pathology. We have faculty with training in all the subspecialties so there's good exposure for those considering  fellowships.  Also the opportunity to live in New Orleans is a really unique experience and something I've enjoyed. The city is rich in culture and fun things to do. -Jack Morgan

 

 

 

 

 

Nathaniel Rieveschl Nathaniel "Banks" Rieveschl, MD

     

Medical School:

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland

Undergraduate:

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

I chose LSU because at LSU, I knew that I would gain exposure to diverse patient populations and pathologies in a multitude of clinical settings. Being able to train in a supportive and welcoming environment was important to me and guided my decision. Additionally, New Orleans is where I grew up and the food here is second to none!  -Banks Rieveschl

 

 

 

 

 

Jonathan Williams Jonathan Stephen Williams, MD

     

Medical School:

Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, Richmond

Undergraduate:

University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg

I chose LSU because I felt I would receive a solid foundation in comprehensive ophthalmology, with the chance to learn different practice styles, surgical techniques, and perspectives from our clinical faculty located in New Orleans and throughout southeastern Louisiana. In addition, we have strong training experiences in all subspecialties of ophthalmology to help support residents who want to pursue fellowship. Finally, New Orleans is a great, diverse city with wonderful food, culture, and entertainment.-Jon Williams


 

 

 

 

Matthew Williams

Matthew Warren Williams, MD

     

Medical School:

Louisiana State University HSC, Shreveport

Undergraduate:

Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge

I chose LSU New Orleans because of the diverse clinical experiences and friendly faculty... and also the Saints.

-Matthew Williams

 

 

 

 

Luke Zhu CROP

Luke Jimmy Zhu, MD

     

Medical School:

University of Texas Southwestern, Dallas

Undergraduate:

University of Texas at Austin

I chose LSU because of the incredibly diverse group of residents and faculty. I haven't experienced such a supportive and welcoming environment in any other program, all situated in a lively and atmospheric city that is also close to my home state. I couldn't have picked a better place! - Luke Zhu

 

 

 

 

PGY3, Class of 2024

 

Annam Headshot Armin Avdic, MD

     

Medical School:

University of Iowa - Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver COM, Iowa City

Undergraduate:

University of Iowa, Iowa City

LSU Ophthalmology felt like home ever since interview day. The training program allows me to shape my own learning experience by treating a complex and diverse patient population under the guidance of caring and welcoming staff in a city that is synonymous with culture (and fun). - Armin Avdic

 

 

 

 

 

Christopher Lasecki Harshvardhan Chawla, MD

     

Medical School:

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York City

Undergraduate:

University of Southern California, Los Angeles

I chose the LSU Ophthalmology Program for the strong clinical experience and opportunity to serve a diverse patient population. The complex pathology, breadth of subspecialty exposure, and system of graduated autonomy encourage hands-on learning under the mentorship of an engaged and supportive faculty. – Harsh Chawla

 

 

 

John Morgan John "Jack" Friend, MD

     

Medical School:

University of South Alabama COM, Mobile

Undergraduate:

University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa

  I chose LSU because of the collegial atmosphere present between all faculty, residents, and staff. I enjoyed the opportunity to see diverse pathology all across the state, along with exposure to every subspecialty.  I also loved the culture and diversity of the city of New Orleans and believe there’s not a better city to train in as a resident. - Jack Friend

 

 

 

 

Nathaniel Rieveschl Samuel Meyer Homra, MD

     

Medical School:

University of Louisville School of Medicine, Louisville

Undergraduate:

Tulane University, New Orleans

I chose LSU Ophthalmology because of the diverse patients and multiple locations we train at. The ability to learn from different faculty will only make me a better and more well-rounded physician. The residents in the program are extremely supportive and are always willing to teach. It also doesn’t hurt that New Orleans has incredible food, music, and people. - Sam Homra

 

 

 

 

Jonathan Williams James Liang Li, MD

     

Medical School:

Louisiana State University School of Medicine, New Orleans

Undergraduate:

Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge

I chose LSU New Orleans because it was one of few programs to show me that their priorities are in line with my own.  We have good leadership, and the organization has always demonstrated good culture as a result. We always hit our numbers, upper levels residents are always available when needed, and there's a large variety of surgeons from whom we can learn from. As if it needed a cherry on top, it's located in New Orleans, one of the most fascinating cities in the world!- James Li


 

 

 

 

Charles Reeder

 

    

Charles Thomas Reeder, MD

Medical School:

University of Alabama School of Medicine, Birmingham

Undergraduate:

The University of Georgia, Athens

I chose the LSU-NO program because of:

  1. Pathology, pathology, pathology
  2. Training from very diverse faculty and subspecialties across the state
  3. Good people with good attitudes!- Charles Reeder

 

 

 

 

 

Luke Zhu CROP

John Phillip Thompson, MD

     

Medical School:

University of Texas Medical School, San Antonio

Undergraduate:

Tuffs University, Medford

 

I chose LSU for the strong clinical training. With the combination of rural and urban sites, we are exposed to a wide variety of pathology and see different styles of practice from our attendings. The program is welcoming and supportive. We also get to experience one of the most unique cities in the States. - John Thompson

 

 

 

 

PGY2 Class of 2025

 

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Lama Assi, MD

     

Medical School:

American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine

Undergraduate:

American University of Beirut

This is my statement: "I love that at LSU, I get to train in diverse places! You get to learn from so many different faculty members and in different practice settings, while living in a unique and exciting city! The faculty are also very supportive and always encouraging you to pursue your own interests.- Lama Assi

 

 

 

 

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Jonah Samuel Goldblatt, MD

     

Medical School:

Tufts University School of Medicine

Undergraduate:

Boston College

LSU-NO ophthalmology training involves seeing an incredible amount of pathology across a diverse set of clinical sites. Our staff and leadership are friendly and willing to teach, while allowing an amount of autonomy that prepares us to be out on our own. On top of that, New Orleans offers a unique culture to explore in our free time, an experience truly different from anywhere in the country.- Jonah Goldblatt

 

 

 

 

 

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Camille Prejean Hicks, MD

     

Medical School:

Louisiana State university Health Sciences Center, New orleans

Undergraduate:

Louisiana State University

I chose LSU Ophthalmology for the friendly and knowledgeable faculty, diverse patient population, and broad exposure to all sub-specialties in the field. I also love living in New Orleans because there is always something fun to do during my free time!- Camille Hicks

 

 

 

 

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Owen Louis Krueger, MD

     

Medical School:

Medical College of Wisconsin

Undergraduate:

University of Wisconsin-Madison

I enjoy about LSU: The people are friendly and are personally invested not only in your training but also your experience living in New Orleans.  Also, New Orleans and the surrounding sites provide a large variety of advanced pathology that will prepare you for whatever type of career in ophthalmology you desire. - Owen Krueger

 

 

 

 

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Joshua "Tyler" Pannell, MD

     

Medical School:

Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine - Charleston

Undergraduate:

Clemson University Honors College

LSU Ophthalmology provides the unique opportunity to train in multiple locations under the mentorship of friendly, supportive staff that cover all subspecialties. This allows for exposure to various practice styles and surgical techniques, which helps to prepare us well for our future endeavors. Also, New Orleans is an exciting city to live in for residency training where good food and good times can always be found! – Tyler Pannell

 

 

 

 

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Hayley Juliana Redrick, MD

     

Medical School:

Louisiana State university Health Sciences Center, New orleans

Undergraduate:

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

I chose to stay in New Orleans to complete my residency training because of the wide range of pathology available here and the opportunity to work closely with our sub-specialty staff! Thankfully, I also have great co-residents as well so that is a huge bonus. - Hayley Redrick

 

 

 

 

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Victor Liu Wang, MD

     

Medical School:

University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

Undergraduate:

University of Rochester

I chose LSU for the strong clinical and hands-on surgical and procedure training. The breadth of pathology we experience at the multiple sites we rotate at are invaluable, preparing us well for any situation we encounter in practice. There is also a wonderful culture within the program, from the residents to the faculty!- Victor Wang

 

 

 

 

PGY1 Class of 2026

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Joshua Katuri, MD                                                                        Xujia "Jessica" Li, MD

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Carson Panovec, MD                                                                      John "Brad" Scofield, MD

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Wayne "Trey" Wortmann III, MD

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