School of Medicine

Department of Ophthalmology


As one of the largest ophthalmology residencies in the United States, the LSU ophthalmology residency has many strengths including exposure to a wide variety and severity of ophthalmic pathology, multiple subspecialists in all fields providing varying approaches to diagnosis and treatment and an ideal combination of  supervision and autonomy. Residents obtain the training and expertise to be skilled in the diagnosis and treatment of ophthalmic diseases upon graduation, whether or not they chose to continue onto fellowship training.

Program Director: Maria Reinoso, MD
Associate Program Director: Christine Connolly, MD

Clinical Teaching Faculty who residents work directly with for extended amounts of time:

Cataract and Comprehensive

  • Maria Bernal, MD (LSUHN, UMCNO)
  • Julie Kumata Boehm, MD (NOLA VA)
  • Lucy Borne, MD (OLOL)
  • Christine Connolly, MD (LSUHN, OLOA, UMCNO)
  • Josh Groetsch, MD (Chabert)
  • Fred Hall, MD (UHC)
  • Patrick Keating, MD (UHC)
  • Angela R. Lewis, MD (UHC)
  • Rebecca Metzinger, MD (VA)
  • Michael Morgan, MD (OLOL)
  • Virgil Murray, MD (UHC)
  • An Nguyen, MD (OLOA)
  • Allen Pearce, MD (OLOL)
  • Shalimar Small, MD (OLOL)
  • Abram Dulaney Tipton IV, MD (Chabert)
  • Jared Vincent, MD (UHC)
  • Seema Walia, MD (Chabert)
  • Jayne S. Weiss, MD (LSUHN, OLOA, OLOL, UMCNO, UHC) 



  • Paul Azar, MD (UHC)
  • Maria Bernal, MD (LSUHN, UMCNO)
  • Tom Heigle, MD (OLOL)
  • Ginny Kullman, MD (Chabert, Ochsner)
  • Rebecca Metzinger, MD (NOLA VA)
  • Eric Schmidt, MD (NOLA VA)
  • Jody Simon, MD (NOLA VA)
  • Pulin Shah, MD (Ochsner)
  • Jayne S. Weiss, MD (LSUHN, OLOA, OLOL, UMCNO, UHC) 
  • Jared Vincent, MD (UHC)



  • Julie Foreman, MD (UHC)
  • Katherine Loftfield, MD (Ochsner)
  • Jonathan Nussdorf, MD (Ochsner)
  • Taylor Phelps, MD (LSUHN, UMC, OLOA, OLOL)
  • Jared Vincent, MD (UHC)



  • Rachel Calix, MD (Ochsner)
  • Kevin Kirchner, MD (LSUHN, OLOL, OLOA)
  • Andrew Lawton, MD (Ochsner)

Ocular Pathology

  • Sonya Bamba, MD (Cook County, Chicago)
  • Lucy Borne, MD (LSU)
  • Jayne S. Weiss, MD (LSU)

Ocular Oncology

  • Adham Al Hariri, MD (Chabert)


Oculofacial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

  • Adham Al Hariri, MD (Chabert)
  • Kevin Kirchner, MD (LSUHN, OLOL, OLOA)
  • Priya Sahu, MD (Ochsner)


Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus

  • George S. Ellis, Jr., MD (NOLA Children’s)
  • H. Sprague Eustis, MD (NOLA Children’s, Ochsner)
  • Rachel Fuerst, MD (Ochsner)
  • Alejandro Leon, MD (NOLA Children’s)
  • Natalie Weil, MD (NOLA Children’s)


Refractive Surgery

  • Rebecca Metzinger, MD (NOLA VA)
  • Jeffrey Singer, MD
  • Pulin Shah, MD (Ochsner)
  • Jayne S. Weiss, MD (LSUHN, OLOA, OLOL, UMCNO)


  • Maria Bernal, MD (LSUHN)

Vitreoretinal Surgery

  • Joseph Benevento, MD (Chabert, Ochsner)
  • Robert Blem, MD (UHC)
  • Jordan Burnham, MD (OLOL)
  • James David, MD (OLOL)
  • Mallika Doss (UMCNO)
  • Jamie Hatcher, MD (OLOL)
  • Arley Jaramillo, MD (NOLA VA)
  • David Kilpatrick, MD (OLOL)
  • D. Anthony Mazzulla, MD (Chabert, Ochsner)
  • Aravinda Rao, MD  (UMCNO, LSUHN)
  • Maria Reinoso, MD (LSUHCN, OLOA, UMCNO)
  • Devin Tran, MD (OLOL)