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 LSU Nephrology service at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center.  He is also a board certified medical oncologist and staffs a medical oncology clinic for Our Lady of the Lake.  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 the LSU Pulmonary and Critical Care teams at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center and Baton Rouge General Hospital.  He is a member of the Faculty Assembly for LSUHSC, the Critical Care Committees for both Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center 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 activity includes attending the LSU Gastroenterology service at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center and performing endoscopy at the LSU outpatient surgical facility.  Dr. Cauble's 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 the LSU School of Medicine in 1990.  He is now an Associate Professor of Medicine.  He has coordinated and directed numerous research and public health programs.  These have included a School Based Hepatitis B Vaccine Program which vaccinated 36,000 school children in the Baton Rouge over 6 years, development of the Louisiana Department of Corrections Hepatitis Treatment Program, and 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 private practice.  Dr. Culotta’s academic responsibilities include supervising LSU Pulmonary & Critical Care services at Our Lady of the Lake Regional 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 academic responsibilities 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 directs clinical activity at the LSU Health - Our Lady of the Lake Pulmonary clinic.  He is also the clinical supervisor at 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 a gastroenterology fellowship, finishing in 1985.  He is board-certified in internal medicine and gastroenterology.  Private practice included internal medicine and gastroenterology in Ville Platte, LA from 1985-1995, followed by a busy gastroenterology practice with Gastroenterology Associates in Baton Rouge from 1995-2010.  Clinical activities here at LSUHSC/ OLOL include attending the LSU Gastroenterology service and the LSU Hepatitis clinc, inpatient procedures and endoscopy at the LSU Outpatient Surgical Center.  Practice interests include ERCP, GI bleeding management, and cirrhosis.  Dr. Fusilier 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 responsibilities include supervising LSU Pulmonary & Critical Care services at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center and Baton Rouge General Hospital.  His interests focus on critical care, MRSA infections, and medical education.  He is a course director of the fourth year medcial student elective, "Concept Maps 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 the Infectious Disease service at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center.  Dr. Heck also provides ambulatory care for patients infected with HIV, with a primary focus on HIV positive pregnant women.   Dr. Heck is the Medical Director for the Ambulatory HIV Program , which currently serves the 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 attends the LSU Gastroenterology clinic at Our Lady of the Lake Regional 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 and Critical Care Medicine at LSU-Ochsner in New Orleans.  Dr. Jagneaux’s clinical activities include supervising the LSU Pulmonary and Critical Care services at Our Lady of the Lake Medical Center and Baton Rouge General Hospital.  She is a member of the LSUHSC Faculty Assembly, the LSUHSC Faculty Senate, and has been accepted as a Fellow in the Academy for the Advancement of Educational Scholarship.  Dr. Jagneaux is also the simulation lab director for LSUHSC in Baton Rouge.  She is presently pursuing her Masters of Medical Informatics from Northwester University in Chicago, IL.  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 Associate Program Director for the LSU Internal Medicine Residency in Baton Rouge and an Associate 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 also served as a Chief Resident of the LSUHSC Internal Medicine Residency in Baton Rouge.  Her clinical responsibilities include resident and medical student education through direct supervision of inpatient and outpatient care, and the presentation of various lectures and conferences.  In addition to her clinical activities, she serves as the Ambulatory Clinic Director for the primary care and medicine subspecialty clinics for LSU Health at Our Lady of the Lake.   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 supervises the LSU Health Endocrinology clinic at Our Lady of the Lake.  Her 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 Associate Program Director for the LSU Internal Medicine Residency in Baton Rouge and an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine.  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 Internal Medicine site director for medical student activity at Our Lady of the Lake.  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 of common medical diseases.
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 and Critical Care Medicine at Vanderbilt University.  Dr. O’Neal’s clinical activities include supervision of LSU Pulmonary and Critical Care teams at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center and the Baton Rouge General Hospital. He is the Medical Director for Clinical Research at Our Lady of the Lake and Baton Rouge General.  His clinical interests focus on the Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome and early distinction between infectious and non-infectious etiologies.  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 the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs in Baton Rouge for the LSU School of Medicine and an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine.  He received his B.S. in Zoology from Louisiana State University, and his M.D. from the LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans.  Dr. Reed completed an Internal Medicine residency, a chief residency, and a Pulmonary and Critical Care fellowship at LSU in New Orleans.  His clinical activities include supervising LSU Pulmonary and Critical Care teams at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center and Baton Rouge General Hospital.  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 tenure 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 an internship in Internal Medicine at Alton Ochsner Medical Foundation in New Orleans.  He completed his Internal Medicine training and served as a chief resident with the LSU Internal Medicine Residency program in Baton Rouge.  His professional activities focus on resident and medical student education as an attending on inpatient medicine teams and staffing the general medicine outpatient clinics.  His area of clinical interest is the evaluation and managment of patients with resistant hypertension.  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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