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Dr. Moises Arriaga was an invited lecturer at the Mexico Society of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery Virtual Congress, “Course- Management of Encephaloceles and Management of Middle Fossa” and “Posterior Fossa Neoplasms,” in August. He was also an invited lecturer at the House Clinic Fellowship National Lecture Series: “Neurotology Complication Avoidance and Management,” also in August.

Drs. Erbele and Arriaga are scheduled to present "Preoperative Functional Evaluation of Intracranial Facial Versus Vestibular Schwannomas: A Four Nerve Assessment" at this month's AAO-HNS Virtual Annual Meeting.

Presenting author Dr. Madelinn Fink, with Drs. Erbele, MacDowell, and Arriaga, will also present "Patient Affect May Influence Perioperative Dizziness in Vestibular Schwannoma Surgery” at the annual meeting.


Jayne S. Weiss, MD presented at Grand Rounds at University of California San Francisco virtually: The Corneal Dystrophies-Revisiting a 19th Century Classification Through A 21st Century Lens

Jayne S. Weiss, MD also gave a Virtual Lecture at Department of Ophthalmology, Universidad Autónoma de Bucaramanga, Bucaramanga, Colombia: The Corneal Dystrophies-Revisiting a 19th Century Classification Through a 21st Century Lens.


Dr. Jessica Rivera performed the first all internal bone transport intramedullary nail in Louisiana. This was a true limb salvage procedure as the patient had previously requested an amputation, believing there were no more options.


Drs. Richard Vander Heide and Sharon Fox were recently interviewed on both Fox 8 and WDSU regarding the findings of COVID-19 death autopsies on local patients. You can see those interviews here: and here:

Drs. Vander Heide and Fox were also featured in a article:

Their research was also featured in an article on CNN:

Dr. Vander Heide was also quoted in a Washington Post article:


Dana LeBlanc, MD recently presented at a virtual conference of the Foundation for Sickle Cell Disease Research. She presented Sickle Cell Disease and COVID-19: Epidemiology and Impact within Louisiana to a national audience.

Rebecca Taliancich, Pediatrics/EM and Fellowship Coordinator, recently performed the title role in Rivertown Theater's The MeeMaw Mystery Theater Presents: The Case of the Jambalaya Liar. Rebecca unleashed her inner yat as the hilarious MeeMaw who likes British murder mysteries but can't understand what they're saying. So MeeMaw wrote her own murder mystery in the style of an old radio show, where the characters are from New Orleans and talk that way! The show was live streamed on Saturday, June 27. The theater hopes to host a few socially distanced shows in the near future. You can find more information on the show and get tickets here.