Lauren E. Richey, MD, MPH, FIDSA

Associate Professor of Medicine

Medical Director of the Infectious Disease Center and HIV Outpatient Program


University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
College of Arts and Sciences
Chapel Hill, NC
Bachelor of Science in Biology, Minor in Chemistry
Graduated with Distinction, 2001

Thomas Jefferson University
Jefferson Medical College
Philadelphia, PA
Doctor of Medicine, 2007

Tulane University School of Medicine
Department of Internal Medicine
New Orleans, LA
Internal Medicine Internship and Residency, 2010

Tulane University School of Medicine
Section of Infectious Diseases
New Orleans, LA
Infectious Diseases Fellowship, 2012

Johns Hopkins University
Bloomberg School of Public Health
Baltimore, MD
Master in Public Health, Concentration in Infectious Disease 2006

Tulane University
School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
New Orleans LA
Tropical Medicine Diploma Certificate, 2011


Dr. Richey is a board-certified Infectious Diseases physician who specializes in HIV primary care and clinical research. After receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she went on to receive a Master in Public Health degree from Johns Hopkins University and her medical degree from Thomas Jefferson University. She completed her residency training in internal medicine and her fellowship in infectious diseases at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans.  During her fellowship she completed a certificate in Tropical Medicine at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.  Dr. Richey joined the faculty of the Medical University of South Carolina as an Assistant Professor in 2013 where she had significant teaching responsibilities, particularly as the division representative for medical student rotations and as a Program Director for the infectious disease fellowship. She was promoted to Associate Professor in July of 2017.  She joined the faculty of the Section of Infectious Disease, Department of Internal Medicine at the LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans in October 2017.  She became ID Center Director in 2018.  

Dr. Richey is an active member of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, recently promoted to fellow status and serving as one of IDSA’s journal club writers.  She has both inpatient and outpatient clinical responsibilities.  Her primary clinical and research interests include people living with HIV and Hepatitis C and factors affecting their linkage and retention in care. Also of interest are comorbidities such substance, tobacco, alcohol use disorders and their impact on outcomes of people living with HIV.

Clinical Interests

  • HIV primary care
  • Hepatitis C treatment

Research Interests

Factors affecting linkage and retention in care for people living with HIV

HIV related comorbidities such as substance, tobacco and alcohol use disorders

Committees & Administrative Responsibilities

Director of the ID Center and HIV Outpatient Program

Leader of the Testing Subcommittee of the Fast Track City Steering Committee to End the HIV Epidemic, City of New Orleans

State HIV Clinical Lead for LSU Health Care Services Division

IDSA Journal Club Writer    

Selected Publications

Halperin J, Pathmanathan I, Richey LE.  Disclosure of HIV Status to Social Networks Is Strongly Associated with Increased Retention Among an Urban Cohort in New Orleans.  AIDS Patient Care and STDS 2013; 27(7):375-377.

Richey LE, Carpenter EJ, Barbeau JM, Hadi CM.  Rapid HIV Testing in a New Orleans Emergency Department is Effective in Identifying New HIV Diagnoses and in Linking Patients to Care.  Journal of the Louisiana State Medical Society 2014:266(1).

Richey LE, Halperin J, Pathmanathan I, Van Sickels N, Seals PS.  From Diagnosis to Engagement in HIV Care: Assessment and Predictors of Linkage and Retention in Care Among Patients Diagnosed by Emergency Department Based Testing in an Urban Public Hospital.  AIDS Patient Care and STDS 2014; 28(6):277-279.

Bean MC, Richey LE, Williams K, Wahlquist A, Neitert P, Kilby JM.  Tobacco Use Patterns in Southern HIV Clinic.  Southern Medical Journal 2016;109(5):305-308.

Halperin J, Bean MC, Richey LE.  Laboratory Markers Slightly Overestimate Retention in HIV Care Among Newly Diagnosed Individuals.  AIDS Care 2016;28(9):1188-91.

Richey LE, Oh Y, Tchamba DM, Engle M, Formby L, Salgado CD.  When Should Contact Precautions be Discontinued for Patients with Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus?  American Journal for Infection Control 2017;45(1):75-76.

Bean MC, Scott L, Kilby JM, Richey LE.  Use of an Outreach Coordinator to Re-engage and Retain Patients with HIV Care.  AIDS Patient Care and STDs 2017;31(5):222-226.

Bean MC, Scott L, Kilby JM, Richey LE.  Use of an Outreach Coordinator to Re-engage and Retain Patients at Risk of Falling Out of Care.  Does the Amount of Time Matter?  AIDS Behavior 2017:22(1):321-324.

Halperin J, Katz M, Pathmanathan I, Myers L, Van Sickels N, Seal P, Richey LE.   Earlier HIV Diagnosis Leads to Significantly Decreased Costs in the First Two Years of HIV Care in an Urban Charity Hospital in New Orleans.  Journal of the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care. 2017;16(6):527-530.

Tolsen C, Richey LE, Zhao Y, Korte JE, Brady K, Haynes L, Meissner EG.  Association of Substance Use with Hospitalization and Virologic Suppression in a Southern Academic HIV Clinic.  American Journal of Medical Sciences 2018; 355(6):553-558.   

Privette AR, White B, Ferguson PL, Norcross ED, Richey LE. A Different Form of Injury Prevention: Successful Screening and Referral for Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Hepatitis C virus in a Trauma Population. The Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery2018; 85(5): 997-983.  

Vrana-Diaz CJ, Korte JE, Gebregziabher M, Richey L, Selassie A, Sweat M, Gichangi A. Relationship Gender Equality and Couples’ Uptake of Oral Human Immunodeficiency Virus Self-Testing Kits Delivered by Pregnant Women in Kenya. Sex Tranm Dis 2019; Sep;46(9):588-593.

Cropsey KL, Haynes L, Bean M, Carpenter MJ, Richey LE.  Delivery and Implementation of an Algorithm for Smoking Cessation Treatment for People Living with HIV and AIDS.  AIDS Care 2020; 32(2):223-229.