C. Lynn Besch, MD

Chief, HIV Division of Infectious Diseases
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine

University Medical Center -- HOP Clinic
2001 Tulane Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70112
504.702.5700  tel


MD -- 1979
LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans


Dr. Besch is the HIV Division Director within the Section of Infectious Diseases.  She participates in educational activities for students, house staff and with the Delta Region AIDS Education and Training Center, clinicians in practice.  She is clinically active including providing HIV care via telemedicine to the jail and prison populations in Southern Louisiana.  Dr. Besch also serves as the HIV Clinical Lead for quality management/improvement activities for the 7 HIV outpatient clinics associated with the LSU Health Care Services Division hospitals.

Research Interests


Selected Publications

Dworkin MS, Peterson CE, Weihua G, Mayor A, Hunter R, Negron E, Fleury A, and Besch CL.  Food safety knowledge, beliefs and behavior of persons with AIDS: a multicenter study.  Food Protection Trends 2013; 33:32-41.

Besch CL.  Advances in HIV treatment include HIV envelope tropism and inhibition.  HIV Clinician 2008;20:1-3.

Besch CL. Telemedicine improves access to care for HIV-infected prisoners. (Newspaper article) HIV Clinician 2007;19: 4-5.

Clark RA, Broyles S, Besch L. Differences in the pre- and post-Katrina New Orleans HIV Outpatient Clinic population: Who has returned? Submitted to and provisionally accepted by Southern Medical Journal, Feb 2007.

Clark R, Besch L, Murphy, M, et al. Six months later: the effects of Hurricane Katrina on healthcare for persons living with HIV/AIDS in New Orleans. AIDS Care 2006;18(Supp):S59-61.

Louisiana State University Health Science Center Infectious Diseases Section. “Eight months later—Hurricane aftermath challenges facing the LSUHSC Infectious Diseases Section.” Clin Infect Dis 43:2006. 485-489. 

Clark RA, Besch L, Murphy M, Broyles S, Gurd C, Vick J, Lincoln K. “Six months later—The effect of Hurricane Katrina on healthcare for persons living with HIV/AIDS in New Orleans.” AIDS Care 18 Suppl 1:2006. S59-6.