LSU Health Sciences Center

Pennington Biomedical Research Center


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William T. Cefalu, MD
Professor and Director of LSUHSC-PBRC Joint Program
On a clinical level, Dr. Cefalu is interested in clinical interventions to improve the metabolic state of individuals with insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. On a basic level, he is interested in cellular mechanisms for insulin resistance. Dr. Cefalu is the Director for an NIH-funded Center for the Study of Botanicals and Metabolic Syndrome at Pennington Biomedical Research Center (PBRC) and the Director of the LSUHSC-PBRC Joint Diabetes Research program.







Taniya deSilva, MD
Clinical Associate Professor and Acting Section Chief
Dr. Taniya de Silva serves as Program Director of the Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism Fellowship Program. She is board certified in internal medicine and endocrinology.  A graduate of New York Medical College, she completed her residency at Boston Medical Center and her endocrinology fellowship at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center.  At the University of Massachusetts, Dr. de Silva worked in the general endocrine clinic where she performed thyroid ultrasounds and fine needle aspiration biopsies of the thyroid.  She also worked in the UMass Diabetes Center of Excellence and staffed a transitional diabetes clinic for adolescents with diabetes. Dr. de Silva treats patients with a broad range of endocrine disorders with a particular interest in thyroid disorders and diabetes.




Dr. Daniel Hsia

Daniel Hsia, MD
Assistant Professor 
Dr. Hsia completed a 4 year residency in combined Medicine/Pediatrics at LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, and he served as Chief Resident during his final year of training.  He then went on to complete a 4 year combined Adult and Pediatric Endocrinology Fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX in 2012. His research interests include prevention and intervention strategies for diabetes and obesity especially in the pediatric population as well as the metabolic changes that occur after bariatric surgery. Clinical interests focus on the transition of pediatric patients into adult care. Dr. Hsia is currently the Assistant Program Director of the Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism Fellowship Program.






  2017-2018 Fellows

Dr. Mehmet Marangoz

Dr. Ahlam Alzenaidi