Our Faculty

  Darren W. Barefield, MD is an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at LSU Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC).  He received his B.S. from Northeast Louisiana University in Chemistry, and his M.D. from LSUHSC in Shreveport.  Dr. Barefield completed his Internal Medicine residency at LSUHSC in Baton Rouge and a fellowship in Nephrology at LSUHSC in Shreveport.  His current clinical activities include attending the Nephrology service at Earl K. Long Medical Center and caring for end-stage renal disease patients at a Baton Rouge hemodialysis unit.  Dr. Barefield has been a recipient of the LSUHSC Department of Medicine award for Teaching Excellence in the faculty category.  His areas of clinical interest include Multiple Myeloma, HIV Associated Nephropathy, and disorders of hemostasis.  Dr. Barefield has several publications focusing on hemodialysis and nitric oxide synthesis inhibitors, and is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society.
  Charles Barkemeyer, MD is an Associate Professor of Neurology at LSUHSC.  He is certified in Neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and is a member of the LSUHSC Institutional Review Board.  The majority of his career has been devoted to medical education and the care of indigent patients.  He has instructed students and residents at the Earl K. Long Medical Center for 29 years, and is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society.
Stephen P. Brierre, MD is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at LSU Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC).  He received his B.S. from University of Southwestern Louisiana, and his M.D. from LSUHSC in New Orleans.  Dr. Brierre completed his Internal Medicine Residency at LSUHSC in Baton Rouge, and a fellowship in Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine at LSUHSC in New Orleans.  Dr. Brierre’s clinical activities include supervising Internal Medicine and Pulmonary/Critical Care teams at Earl K. Long Medical Center and Baton Rouge General Hospital.  He is a member of the Faculty Assembly for LSUHSC, the Critical Care Committees for both Earl K. Long and Baton Rouge General, and the Internal Research Oversight Committee.  Dr. Brierre has been accepted as a Fellow in the Academy for the Advancement of Educational Scholarship.  His research interests focus on critical care.  He is an investigator for the NIH/NHLBI sponsored ARDSnetwork, for which he serves on the Steering and Natural History Committees.  Dr. Brierre has received numerous teaching awards as a resident and faculty member, and is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society.
  Stephanie Cauble, MD is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at the LSU Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC) in Baton Rouge. She received her B.S. in Biological Engineering from Louisiana State University, and her M.D. from LSUHSC in New Orleans. Dr. Cauble completed her Internal Medicine residency at Vanderbilt University in 2008. She completed a Gastroenterology fellowship at Tulane University in New Orleans. Her clinical interests include study of gender differences in the treatment of patients chronically infected with Hepatitis C.  Dr. Cauble is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society.
Marla Cannatella, MD is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at LSU Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC).  She received her B.S. in Biochemistry from Louisiana State University, and her M.D. from LSUHSC in New Orleans.  Dr. Cannatella completed her Internal Medicine residency at the University of Alabama in Birmingham.  Her clinical activities focus on resident and medical student education as an attending on inpatient medicine ward teams and staffing general medicine outpatient clinics.  Dr. Cannatella is the coordinator of the department’s didactic journal club series.  Her professional interests include preventive medicine, medical statistics and research trial design, and hospital quality core measures.
Bill Cassidy, MD is a Board Certified Gastroenterologist with a special interest in Hepatology. He attended LSU Medical School in New Orleans, did an Internal Medicine Residency, Chief Residency, and Hepatology/Gastroenterology Fellowship at the University of Southern California – Los Angeles County Medical Center. He returned to Louisiana to join the faculty of LSU – Earl K. Long Medical Center in 1990. He is now an Associate Professor of Medicine. He has an active research and public health program. His programs include the School Based Hepatitis B Vaccine Program which vaccinated 36,000 school children in the Baton Rouge over 6 years, developing the Louisiana Department of Corrections Hepatitis Treatment Program, working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to improve flu immunization and numerous clinical trials related to the treatment of hepatitis. His current interest is HCV and insulin resistance. He has authored and co-authored numerous peer reviewed articles and abstracts. In 2008, he was elected to the United States House of Representatives from Louisiana’s 6th District.
Roy Culotta, MD is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at LSU Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC).  He received his B.S. in Biological Sciences from the University of New Orleans, and his M.D. from LSUHSC in New Orleans.  Dr. Culotta completed his Internal Medicine residency at Vanderbilt University and a Pulmonary & Critical Care fellowship at LSUHSC in New Orleans.  Since completing his fellowship in 2004, he has been involved in medical education while maintaining an active inpatient clinical practice.  Dr. Culotta’s clinical activities include supervising Internal Medicine and Pulmonary & Critical Care teams at Earl K. Long Medical Center and Baton Rouge General Hospital.  He enjoys teaching critical care medicine to medical students and residents, as well as directing the care of critically ill patients.  His special interest focuses on minimally invasive diagnostic and therapeutic procedures in thoracic oncology.
Guido V. DeJesus, MD is an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at LSU Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC).  He received a B.S. in Microbiology with a minor in Psychology from Louisiana State University, and his M.D. from LSUHSC in New Orleans.  Dr. DeJesus completed his Internal Medicine training at LSUHSC in Baton Rouge, and served as a Chief Resident for the LSUHSC Internal Medicine Department in Baton Rouge.  His professional activities include resident and medical student education through direct supervision of inpatient and outpatient care, and the presentation of various lectures and conferences.  Dr. DeJesus is a recipient of LSUHSC’s most prestigious clinical educator award, the Dr. Allen A. Copping Award for Excellence in Teaching.  Dr. DeJesus has been accepted as a Fellow in the Academy for the Advancement of Educational Scholarship, and has been recognized on multiple occasions by residents and medical students as an outstanding faculty member and instructor.  His main area of interest is Hospice and Palliative Medicine, and serves as Associate Medical Director for Hospice of Baton Rouge.  Dr. DeJesus is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society.
 Paul Failla, MD is a Professor of Clinical Medicine at LSU Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC).  He received a B.A. in Biological Sciences from the University of New Orleans, and his M.D. from LSUHSC in New Orleans.  Dr. Failla completed his Internal Medicine training and then a Pulmonary/Critical Care fellowship at LSUHSC in New Orleans.  During that time, he received two American College of Physicians case presentation awards regarding Cytomegaloviral infection in HIV related disease and Capnocytophaga sepsis.  Dr. Failla’s clinical activities include supervising Internal Medicine and Pulmonary/Critical Care teams at Earl K. Long Medical Center (EKLMC).  He also is Director of the Respiratory Care Services at EKLMC and supervises the East Baton Rouge Regional Tuberculosis Health Unit.  Dr. Failla is one of Dr. George Karam’s original faculty members and has been an integral contributor to the growth of the program.  Dr. Failla is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society.
  Matthew Foy, MD is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at the LSU Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC) in Baton Rouge. He graduated Cum Laude while earning a B.S. in Microbiology from Louisiana State University. He earned his M.D. from the LSU Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC) in New Orleans. Dr. Foy completed his Internal Medicine training at LSUHSC in Baton Rouge. Following his chief residency, Dr. Foy completed a nephrology fellowship at Johns Hopkins University. During his residency, Dr. Foy was recognized by the Aesculapian Society as an outstanding educator for the LSU Medical School in New Orleans. His interests include medical education research, methods of renal replacement therapy, and HIV related renal disease. Dr. Foy is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society.
Greg Fusilier, MD is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Baton Rouge. He received a B.S. in Zoology while at LSU in Baton Rouge, then graduated from the LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans in 1980. He remained at Charity Hospital in New Orleans (LSU division) for both his internal medicine residency and gastroenterology fellowship, finishing in 1985. He is board-certified in internal medicine and gastroenterology. Private practice included internal medicine and GI in Ville Platte LA from 1985-1995, then a busy gastroenterology practice with Gastroenterology Associates here in Baton Rouge from 1995-2010. Clinical activities here at LSUHSC/ OLOL include GI consult service rounds, teaching, inpatient procedures, LSU Hepatitis clinic, and endoscopy at the LSU Outpatient Surgical Center. Practice interests include ERCP, GI bleeding management, and cirrhosis. He is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.
John Godke, MD is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at LSU Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC).  He received a B.S. from Louisiana State University, and an M.D. from LSUHSC in New Orleans.  Dr. Godke completed his Internal Medicine residency at LSUHSC in Baton Rouge, and also served a year as Chief Resident.  He completed a fellowship in Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine at LSUHSC in New Orleans.  Dr. Godke’s clinical activities include supervising Internal Medicine and Pulmonary/Critical Care teams at Earl K. Long Medical Center and Baton Rouge General Hospital.  His interests focus on critical care, MRSA infections, and medical education.  Dr. Godke has received several teaching awards as a resident, fellow, and a faculty member, and is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society.
Madeleine C. Heck, MD is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine in the LSU Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC) in Baton Rouge.  She received a B.S. degree in Biology from Nicholls State University and an M.D. from the LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans.  Dr. Heck completed her Internal Medicine training at Earl K. Long Medical Center (EKLMC) in Baton Rouge, serving as chief resident during that time.  She completed her first year of Fellowship Training in Infectious Diseases at the University of Louisville in Kentucky, and her second year of Fellowship Training through the LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans.  Her clinical activities include attending both Internal Medicine and Infectious Disease services at EKLMC as well as assuming primary care of ambulatory HIV patients, particularly in the care of pregnant women infected with HIV.  Dr. Heck is the Medical Director for the Ambulatory HIV Program and Director of the HIV Disease Management Program at EKLMC, which currently serves the outpatient needs of nearly 1700 patients.  In addition to her academic responsibilities she also maintains an active private consultative Infectious Disease practice in the Baton Rouge community and surrounding areas.  Her special interests include infection control and antibiotic stewardship as well as the treatment of sepsis and infections in the Critical Care arena.
Jay Hollman, MD is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at LSU Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC).  He graduated with a B.S. in chemistry from Seattle Pacific College and earned his M.D. from Oregon Health Sciences Center.  He is currently working on a Master’s degree in Bioethics from Trinity International University.  Dr. Hollman completed an Internal Medicine residency and a Clinical Cardiology fellowship at Emory University in Atlanta.  He completed 18 months of research in interventional cardiology at Emory with Andreas Gruentzig.  Dr. Hollman served as Director of Interventional Cardiology for 8 years at the Cleveland Clinic, and for 13 years at Ochsner Clinic in Baton Rouge.  In 2003 he joined the LSUHSC Internal Medicine Residency Program in Baton Rouge.  He has authored over 150 articles and abstracts, and conducted clinical and animal research focused on interventional cardiology.  His current interests outside of cardiology include the ethics of health care reform and care of the indigent population.
  J. Kerry Howell, MD is a Clinical Instructor of Medicine at LSU Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC).  He attended Louisiana State University as an undergraduate, and earned an M.D. from LSUHSC in New Orleans.  Dr. Howell completed an Internal Medicine residency and a Gastroenterology fellowship at the University of Tennessee in Memphis.  He serves as the clinical supervisor of the GI clinic at Earl K. Long Medical Center.  His professional interests include the idiopathic inflammatory bowel diseases and irritable bowel disease.   Dr. Howell has been operating a thriving Gastroenterology practice in the metropolitan Baton Rouge Area since 1974.  Dr. Howell is a fellow in the American College of Physicians and the American College of Gastroenterologists.
Tonya Jagneaux, MD, FCCP is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at LSU Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC).  She received her B.S. from University of Southwestern Louisiana, and her M.D. from LSUHSC in New Orleans.  Dr. Jagneaux completed her Internal Medicine residency at LSUHSC in Baton Rouge, and also served a year as Chief Resident.  She completed a fellowship in Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine at LSUHSC in New Orleans.  Dr. Jagneaux’s clinical activities include supervising Internal Medicine and Pulmonary/Critical Care teams at Earl K. Long Medical Center and Baton Rouge General Hospital.  She is a member of the LSUHSC Faculty Assembly, the LSUHSC Faculty Senate, and the Critical Care Committee for the Baton Rouge General.  Dr. Jagneaux has been accepted as a Fellow in the Academy for the Advancement of Educational Scholarship.  Her interests focus on critical care, clinical research, and medical education.  Dr. Jagneaux has received several teaching awards as a fellow and a faculty member, and is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society.
Angela Johnson, MD is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine.  She earned a B.S. in Chemistry from Louisiana State University, and her M.D. from LSUHSC in New Orleans.  Dr. Johnson completed her Internal Medicine residency at LSUHSC in Baton Rouge.  Dr. Johnson served as a Chief Resident of the LSUHSC Internal Medicine Residency in Baton Rouge.  In addition to her clinical responsibilities, she serves as the Ambulatory Clinic Director for the General Medicine and Subspecialty clinics, as well as the Clinical Lead for the Heart Failure Disease Management program at Earl K. Long Medical Center.  Her professional interests include resident and medical student education through staffing of the inpatient general medicine ward teams at Earl K. Long Medical Center, in addition to supervising resident activities in general medicine clinics.  Areas of research interest include inpatient and outpatient heart failure quality improvement and performance measures.  Dr. Johnson has been accepted as a Fellow in the Academy for the Advancement of Educational Scholarship, and is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society.
  Jolene Johnson, MD is an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at LSU Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC).  She earned a B.S. in Biological Sciences from Stanford University, and an M.D. from George Washington University.  Dr. Johnson completed an Internal Medicine residency and an Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism fellowship at the University of Colorado in Denver.  Dr. Johnson serves as the statewide clinical lead for the LSU sponsored Diabetes Disease Management Program.  She also supervises the inpatient and outpatient endocrinology services at Earl K. Long Medical Center.  Dr. Johnson’s professional interests include the prevention and treatment of type 2 Diabetes Mellitus, and physician performance in the care of patients with diabetes.  Dr. Johnson is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society.
Dean G. Lauret, MD is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at LSU Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC).  He earned a B.A. in Biological Sciences from the University of New Orleans, and his M.D. from LSUHSC in New Orleans.  Dr. Lauret completed his Internal Medicine training at LSUHSC in Baton Rouge, and served as a Chief Resident for the LSUHSC Internal Medicine Residency program in Baton Rouge.  His professional activities focus on resident and medical student education as an attending on inpatient medicine ward teams and staffing general medicine outpatient clinics.  Dr. Lauret also serves as the physician lead for the Chronic Kidney Disease Management program at Earl K. Long Medical Center.  His areas of clinical interest include the prevention of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus and the outpatient care of patients with chronic kidney disease.  Dr. Lauret has been recognized by medical students and residents as an outstanding educator, and is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society.
Miranda Mitchell, MD is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at LSU Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC). She recieved her B.S. in Chemistry-PreMed from Xavier University of Louisiana and her M.D. from LSUHSC in New Orleans. Dr. Mitchell completed her Internal Medicine Residency at LSUHSC in Baton Rouge. Following residency she practiced Hospital Medicine prior to joining the academic faculty. Currently she supervises residents and students in the inpatient and ambulatory setting at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital. In addition to her teaching responsibilities she has a primary care clinic that focuses on care of the un-insured and under-insured via the OLOL-LSU partnership.  Her areas of interest include primary prevention with a focus on primary care.
Bud O'Neal, MD, MCSI is an Assistant Professor at the LSU Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC) in Baton Rouge. He received a B.S. and a Masters of Science in Clinical Investigation from Vanderbilt University, and an M.D. from LSUHSC in New Orleans. Dr. O’Neal completed his Internal Medicine residency at LSUHSC in Baton Rouge. He completed a fellowship in Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine at Vanderbilt University. Dr. O’Neal’s clinical activities include supervising Internal Medicine and Pulmonary/Critical Care teams at Earl K. Long Medical Center and the Baton Rouge General Hospital. His clinical interests focus on critical care and pulmonary hypertension. Dr. O’Neal has received multiple teaching awards as a resident from the LSU School of Medicine, and as a fellow at Vanderbilt University. Dr. O’Neal is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society.
Catherine O'Neal, MD is an Assistant Professor at the LSU Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC) in Baton Rouge. She graduated Summa Cum Laude while earning a B.S. in Animal Science from Louisiana State University and an M.D. from LSUHSC in New Orleans. Dr. O’Neal completed her Internal Medicine training at LSUHSC in Baton Rouge. She completed an Infectious Diseases fellowship at Vanderbilt University. Her clinical activities include attending Internal Medicine and Infectious Disease services at Earl K. Long Medical Center (EKLMC). Her interests include antibiotic stewardship and mechanisms of resistance. Dr. O’Neal is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society.
Kevin Reed, MD is an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at LSU Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC).  He received his B.S. in Zoology from Louisiana State University, and his M.D. from LSUHSC in New Orleans.  Dr. Reed completed an Internal Medicine residency, a chief residency, and a Pulmonary/Critical Care fellowship at LSUHSC in New Orleans.  Dr. Reed has been the Assistant Director for the LSU Internal Medicine Residency Program in Baton Rouge since 1997.  He also serves as Associate Medical Director for the hospital, and Medical Director of the ICU at Earl K. Long Medical Center.  His clinical activities include supervising Internal Medicine and Pulmonary/Critical Care teams at Earl K. Long Medical Center and Baton Rouge General Hospital.  Dr. Reed also serves as the clinical lead of the Asthma Disease Management program at EKLMC.  His areas of professional interest include reactive airways diseases, shock, and diseases of the pleura.  Dr. Reed has been recognized during his residency, fellowship, and as faculty as being an outstanding educator.  Dr. Reed is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society.
  Tatiana Saavedra, MD is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at the LSU Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC) in Baton Rouge. She graduated with honors while earning a B.S. in Microbiology from Louisiana State University. She earned her M.D. from the LSU Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC) in New Orleans. Dr. Saavedra completed her Internal Medicine training at LSUHSC in Baton Rouge and remained an additional year as a chief resident. Following her chief residency, she completed an Infectious Diseases fellowship at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. As a resident, she was recognized by the Aesculapian Society as an outstanding educator for the LSU Medical School in New Orleans. Her clinical interests include the pathobiology and treatment of MRSA and Clostridium difficile infections.
Michael Stumpf, MD is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at the LSU Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC) in Baton Rouge. He graduated with a B.S in Electrical Engineering from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. Dr. Stumpf earned his M.D. from the LSUHSC in New Orleans. He completed his Internal Medicine training at LSUHSC in Baton Rouge and remained an additional year as a chief resident.  His clinical interests include the multisystem effects of anabolic steroids and the integration of technology and medical education.  
  Robert J. Thibodaux, Jr., MD is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at LSU Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC). He attended Louisiana State University in B.R. as an undergraduate, and received his M.D. from LSUHSC in New Orleans. Dr. Thibodaux completed his internship in Internal Medicine at Alton Ochsner Medical Foundation in New Orleans, and subsequently completed his residency in Internal Medicine, including a year as a chief resident, at LSUHSC in Baton Rouge. His professional activities primarily focus on resident and medical student education via direct supervision in both the inpatient and outpatient settings, as well as via lecturing. In addition, he is the Clinical Lead for the Hypertension Disease Management program at Earl K. Long Medical Center. Dr. Thibodaux is a previous recipient of the LSUHSC Department of Medicine Award for Teaching Excellence, and is also a member of Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society.

 

Department of Internal Medicine
in Baton Rouge
Phone: (225) 757-4300 Ext. 2
LSU Medical Education and Innovation Center
LSU Health Sciences Center Baton Rouge
5246 Brittany Drive
Baton Rouge 70808

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