Section of Rheumatology
LSU Health Sciences Center
Ka'Lynde Smith, MBA
1542 Tulane Ave., Box T4M-2
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: (504) 568-4498
Fax: (504) 568-2127
Dotsie Chlup, MSHCM
Assistant Business Manager
Phone: (504) 568-4624
Fax: (504) 568-2127
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Welcome! You have arrived at the LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans Section of Rheumatology website. We are glad you are here!
Our goal is the thorough understanding and treatment of disease, which is why we prioritize rheumatologic and autoimmune research as well as highly individualized patient care.
Our research activities are comprised of basic science, translational medicine, clinical investigation, outcome-measure development, health economics, and disease-specific rehabilitation services. Areas of investigation include psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, osteoporosis, uric acid metabolism, cardiovascular effects of rheumatologic disease, inflammatory muscle disease (myositis), systemic lupus erythematosus, scleroderma, pulmonary hypertension, sarcoidosis, and interstitial lung diseases.
At our specialty clinics in sarcoidosis, interstitial lung disease, and scleroderma, patients can receive care from a multi-specialty team of rheumatologists, pulmonologists, and cardiologists. LSU Rheumatology is active in promoting public and medical education to facilitate the early diagnosis and treatment of patients with scleroderma.
New Orleans’ unusual array of both rare and common autoimmune diseases allows our rheumatology training program to provide a rigorous and broad-spectrum clinical experience with mentorship in research for future rheumatologists. To learn more about the training program, please contact the fellowship coordinator. Our website will be expanding soon to include disease-specific educational materials.
Thank you for visiting with us!
Luis R. Espinoza, M.D.
Professor of Medicine
Program Director & Section Chief, Rheumatology