Welcome to the LSU-New Orleans Section of Infectious Diseases!
Our faculty have an abiding commitment to excellence in infectious diseases clinical care and training in the unique setting that is New Orleans. Our program reflects its long-standing association with historic Charity Hospital, one of the oldest public hospitals in the United States. As a port city with international ties especially to Latin America, New Orleans provides a plethora of opportunities to see a wide range of infectious diseases. These include travel associated diseases, HIV, tuberculosis, sexually transmitted infections, and endemic mycoses. In addition, we are frequently consulted on a variety of cases that involve inflammatory and neoplastic diseases including sarcoidosis, systemic lupus, granulomatosis with polyangiitis, adult-onset Still’s disease, inflammatory bowel disease, anglocentric lymphoma, Castleman’s disease, and Kaposi’s sarcoma.
Since Hurricane Katrina, our scope has expanded through partnerships with the Ochsner Health System, LCMC Health, and Crescent Care to provide a well-rounded, comprehensive training experience. For example, Ochsner Medical Center has one of the largest liver and kidney/pancreas transplant programs in the country. LCMC Health manages the state-of-the-art University Medical Center (UMC) that replaced Charity Hospital. UMC is the major provider for HIV care in South Louisiana and is the Level I trauma center for the region. Crescent Care is a federally-qualified health center that houses the LSU Sexual Health Center as well as the second largest HIV clinic in the New Orleans area.
Our training sites offer a diverse patient population for clinical and translational research projects within LSU and with partnering institutions. Our faculty have funded research in the areas of new HIV therapeutics, malignancies associated with HIV, molecular diagnostics and therapeutic interventions in sexually transmitted infections. Moreover, we have collaborative projects with the NIH-funded Alcohol Research Center focusing on the intersection between HIV, alcohol, and substance use.
We offer a flexible yet comprehensive fellowship training program designed to give the candidate a wide exposure to the principles and practice of both clinical ID and research techniques in ID. The program consists of 2 integrated years in which the candidate is exposed to clinical material, didactic teaching, reading material and research experiences necessary to pursue a career either as a clinician or clinician-educator in an academic setting. For exceptional candidates interested in further training, we offer both translational and public health experiences in a third year.
Julio E. Figueroa II, MD
Section Chief and Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program Director