Raquel Cuchacovich MD

Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine
Section of Rheumatology

1542 Tulane Avenue
Box T4M-2
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: (504) 568-2362
Fax: (504) 568-2127



MD -- 1984
University of Chili, Santiago


From 1987 to 1991, Dr. Cuchacovich served as a primary care physician at Curacavi Hospital in Chile. She then worked in the Department of Experimental Medicine & Physiopathology at the University of Chile until 1994 when she became Chief of the Immunology Lab and was on the Rheumatology staff of the Medicine Department at San Juan de Dios Hospital in Santiago, a position she held for five years.

In 1999, Dr. Cuchacovich became a Research Fellow in the Department of Medicine's Rheumatology Section at LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, LA. She held this position until 2003, when she entered the Internal Medicine Residency Program at LSU. She completed her residency in 2006 and went on to complete a fellowship in Rheumatology at Ochsner Clinic Foundation (LSUHSC-NO), New Orleans in 2008.


Selected Publications

Cuchacovich R, Justiniano M, Espinoza LR. Churg-Strauss syndrome associated with leukotriene receptor antagonists (LTRA). Clin Rheumatol; 2007, Januay 26

Cuchacovich R. Update in Applications of Polymerase Chain Reaction in Rheumatology. Infectious Disease Clinics of North America; 2006,20 (4) :735-758 

Colmegna I, Cuchacovich R, Espinoza LR. HLA-B27 Associated Reactive Arthritis: Pathogenetic and Clinical Considerations. Clinical Microbiology Reviews, 17 : 348-369, 2004.

Cuchacovich R, Espinoza LR. Lower levels of synovial fluid IFN-alpha in HLA B-27 positive than HLA B-27 negative patients with ChlamydiaTrachomatis Reactive Arthritis. Rheumatology, 43: 249-250, 2004.

Cuchacovich R, Espinoza LR. Clinical and serological associations of ribosomal P antibodies in systemic lupus erythematosus prospective evaluation in a large cohort of Italian patients. Rheumatology; 42:1-2, 2003.

Cuchacovich R, Quinet S, Santos AM. Applications of Polymerase Chain Reaction in Rheumatology. Rheumatic Disease Clinics of North America; 29:1-19, 2003.

Singh R. Cuchacovich R. Gomez R. Vargas A. Espinoza LR. Gedalia A. Simultaneous occurrence of diabetes mellitus and juvenile dermatomyositis: report of two cases. Clinical Pediatrics. 42(5):459-62, 2003.