Past Residents & Post-Graduate Appointments
Chris Harmon, M.D. - Thomas Jefferson University - Regional Anesthesia & Acute Pain Medicine Fellowship
Bethany Menard, M.D. - Faculty at LSUHSC Department of Anesthesiology
Paul Delahoussaye, M.D. - Faculty at LSUHSC Department of Anesthesiology
Erik Helander, M.D. - University of Florida - Acute Pain Medicine Fellowship
John Helmstetter, M.D. - Faculty at LSUHSC Department of Anesthesiology
Craig Billeaud, M.D. - Faculty at LSUHSC Department of Anesthesiology
Ryan Kline, M.D. - Faculty at LSUHSC Department of Anesthesiology
Jonathan Ma, M.D. - Private Practice in California
Amit Prabhakar, M.D. - Johns Hopkins - Adult Critical Care Fellowship
Anthony Woodall, M.D. - University of Florida - Critical Care Medicine Fellowship
Greg Bordelon, M.D. - Faculty at LSUHSC Department of Anesthesiology
Lynley Leithead, M.D. - Private Practice
Moises Sidransky, M.D. - Emory University - Pain Medicine Fellowship
Adam Broussard, M.D. - UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh - Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship
Keri Copponex, M.D. - Wake Forest University - Pain Medicine Fellowship
Jared Landry, M.D. - Private Practice
Neil Bhatt, M.D. - Ochsner - Regional Anesthesia & Acute Pain Medicine Fellowship
Lien Tran, M.D. - University of Washington - Regional Anesthesiology Fellowship
Sanyo Tsai, M.D. - Cleveland Clinic - Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Fellowship
Ryan Ellender, M.D. - Faculty at LSUHSC Department of Anesthesiology
Brad Hymel, M.D. - University of Alabama - Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Fellowship
Viet Nguyen, M.D. - Tulane University - Perioperative Management Fellowship
Nationally, a Hidden Diamond. Definitely the Best Anesthesiology Program in Louisiana!
"You’ll have the one of the best training experiences at LSU Health Sciences Center – New Orleans. Here’s why:
Great mixture of clinical experience:
- Academic Medicine: You rotate at University Medical Center—the only verified Level 1 Trauma Center and Burn Center in South Louisiana—where you provide anesthesia for a variety of complex cases. You always get to choose cases that are beneficial to your education/experience as an anesthesiologist-in-training. CRNAs take care of the remaining cases. You are always relieved by 2:30 pm, so you have time to study, do research, and take care of your personal life.
- Private Practice: At Ochsner Kenner, you get a good sense of the workflow at a private hospital with a private practice. (OB anesthesia, regional anesthesia, general anesthesia, and acute pain medicine). You will also rotate in Baton Rouge for your core cardiac anesthesia experience and Lafayette for your core neuroanesthesia experience (open intracerebral surgeries).
- VA: We also train at the newest VA regional center in the country with the latest equipment and technology. Our veterans are often the sickest patients that we care for, so your plan for anesthesia is very important. We have exceptional faculty here, and when this institution operates at full capacity, it will provide a variety of complex case comparable to UMC.
- Sick Patients: Louisiana has the fifth highest adult obesity rate in the nation. Most of our patients have several other co-morbidities. By the end of your CA-1 year you will feel comfortable handling difficult airways. When you finish residency, you should feel comfortable providing anesthesia for a variety of patients—regardless of their body habitus or co-morbidities.
- Flexibility: We probably have the BEST duty hours in the country (my average experience ≤ 60 hours/week). No overnight call (at least not on our anesthesiology rotations). In fact, several of us have children, and that has not negatively impacted our training or experience in anesthesiology. As a middle-sized program we have great hospital coverage (thanks to our CRNAs) since some of our hospitals are not dependent on the residents for coverage. That being said, when you show up to work, be prepared to WORK HARD during your shift as our volume is high. This setup is ideal: you get to experience complex cases, handle difficult airways, and participate in traumas all during your day shift or on the weekend. There’s no real need/benefit to work overnight since you experience anesthesia with less people/resources/help on the weekend.
- Faculty: Our faculty trained all across the country; thus, we have diversity in the practice of anesthesiology. Great mentorship! Lots of faculty with Regional Anesthesia Training (especially at the VA and Ochsner Kenner), so you’ll feel comfortable doing various blocks and you’ll easily exceed the minimum requirements for regional anesthesia. Our chairman/program director, Dr. Kaye, is a leader in the field of anesthesiology: He is the Editor-in-Chief of Pain Physician and Scientific American Pain Section, he’s a member of ASIPP & ABIPP Board of Directors, he has many books and publication, etc. You’ll have no problem publishing papers if you’re interested in research, best practices, and/or patient safety. Since this is a mid-sized program, the faculty really get to know you, which means that once you’ve earned their trust you get to choose and execute your own anesthetic plan (within reason). Great stability among our faculty.
- Overall, I highly recommend this program to future anesthesiology residents all throughout the country who want the BEST, efficient training. Residents who switch to anesthesiology from a surgical specialty and residents who have a family will really appreciate the design of this program.
In summary : Great clinical experience, great faculty, great hours, variety of clinical environments (academic, private, federal), sickest patients, your choice of cases (based on your clinical experience), and ample research opportunities."
Leave with Confidence
"Overall, I was able to participate in a range of procedures/surgeries to prepare me to leave training confident in my ability to perform as a general anesthesiologist. We travel (minimally) to several hospitals in our state but this allowed for more opportunities to learn new practice methods and improved my knowledge base. Those who don't plan on going into private practice or academics at graduation have been able to be accepted into prestigious fellowship programs."
Positive Work Environment with Strong Clinical Experience
"Program offers a wide variety of patient populations including many patients with uncontrolled and advanced chronic illnesses. Residents have the opportunity to rotate at 6 different facilities including the brand new regional VA medical center and University Hospital. There is a relaxed atmosphere, and all of the staff are very approachable."