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Current Residents

Our program draws residents from many places and backgrounds. Feel free to contact any of our residents with questions. The Med/Peds Chiefs are two fourth-year residents selected by the Departments of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics who work closely with the chief residents of each department as the resident-administration liaisons. Responsibilities include making rotation schedules, recruiting new residents, and organizing didactics.


Class of 2017


Sarah Beck

Jane Beck, MD (Chief Resident)

Medical Education
University of Missouri SOM: Kansas City, MO

Premedical Education
University of Missouri KC, BA/MD (six-year program)

Hometown: Bethany, MO

Plans: Pediatric Endocrinology or Combined Med/Peds Endocrinology

Ellen Chang

Ellen Chang, MD (Chief Resident)

Medical Education

University of Illinois at Chicago

Premedical Education

University of Illinois at Chicago , BA in French, BS in Neuroscience

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Plans: Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Fellowship at Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Why LSU: I was moved by the uninsured and underserved population of New Orleans. I knew that I would be well-trained at LSU to take care of not only our patients here but also around the country. 

Research: Role of GAK/Aux in receptor-mediated endocytosis, elucidating TGF-beta signaling pathways, Congenital TTP in Identical Twins: A Case Report, Pediatric Thyroid Nodules: A Single Center Experience, Chylous Ascites in Kaposi Sarcoma: A Case Report, Acute Flaccid Myelitis oral presentation

Teresa Backes

Teresa Backes, MD

Medical Education
University of Missouri SOM: Columbia, MO

Premedical Education
University of Notre Dame, Biology BS

Hometown: Honey Creek, MO

Plans: Med-Peds Hospitalist 



Phuong Dinh

Phuong Dinh, MD

Medical Education
University of Virginia SOM: Charlottesville, VA

Premedical Education
College of William and Mary, Biology BS

Hometown: Manassas, VA

Plans: Primary Care

Kristin Lynch

Kristin Lynch, DO, MS

Medical Education
Virginia College of Osteopathic Med: Blacksburg, VA

Premedical Education
Tulane University, Cell & Molecular Biology BS/MS

Hometown: Shreveport, LA

Plans: Traditional Mix of Inpatient and Outpatient
Med-Peds, Academic Medicine

Tom Tarro

Thomas Tarro, MD

Medical Education
Ross University SOM: Dominica, West Indies

Premedical Education
Boston College, Biology BS

Hometown: East Greenwich, RI

Plans: Pediatric Infectious Disease Fellowship

Class of 2018


Erika Anson, MD

Medical Education  St. George's University 

Premedical Education  Michigan State University, Human Biology 

Hometown: Dunkirk, NY (near Buffalo) 

Plans: Combined Pulmonary Fellowship and/or Global Health/ Doctors without Borders 

Why LSU: I chose to come to LSU for residency because I was looking for a city with good pathology, good training on both medicine and pediatric sides and friendly coresidents!

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Rahul Kamat, MD

Medical Education  St. George's University

Premedical Education Penn State University, BA-Sociology and BS-Life Sciences

Hometown Chicago, IL

Plans Critical Care 

2014 8:27:45 PM

Thomas Kazecki, MD

Medical Education Ross University; Central Michigan University Medicine Clinicals

Premedical Education Northern Illinois BS Molecular Biology, Minor Biochemistry; University of Illinois Urbana - Champaign, Molecular and Cellular Biology Post-Grad

Hometown Chicago, IL

Post Residency Hospitalist, Academic Medicine, Research

Why LSU: Great balance of independence-supervision, comfortable learning environment, broad spectrum of pathology and vast opportunities after residency. 

Why New Orleans: Always wanted to move down south and experience southern living. The  city is exciting. NOLA has great culture, history and food. Fav food: Pho No Viet !

2014 8:28:13 PM

Maerin Lasky, DO

Medical Education  Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Premedical Education Louisiana State University, Biological Sciences

Hometown  Houma, LA

Plans  NICU Fellowship

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Shannon Palombo, MD

Medical Education  LSU Health Shreveport School of Medicine

Premedical Education Tulane University, Cell and Molecular Biology

Hometown Baton Rouge,

Plans: LA Outpatient Care, Healthcare Administration, Public Health, Transitional Navigation

Why LSU: I chose New Orleans because it is close to my family's home and we LOVE New Orleans. I also plan to practice here after residency with the hope to contribute to the changes in our health care system that have taken place since Hurricane Katrina. In particular, I hope to establish new processes for our pediatric patients in need of transition services to adult care systems

Why New Orleans: Professional Sports, Concerts, Culture, Food, Family environment

2014 8:31:27 PM

Elizabeth Smith, MD

Medical Education Louisiana State University New Orleans 

Premedical Education  Louisiana State University, Nutritional Sciences BS 

Hometown: Lafayette, LA 

Plans: Allergy/ Immunology Fellowship


Class of 2019

2014 8:21:10 PM

Mayuri Garikepati, MD

Medical Education Ben-Gurion University

Premedical Education University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Hometown: Woodbury, MN

Plans: Allergy Immunology Fellowship or Med/Peds Primary care

2014 8:27:05 PM

Mary Catherine Gaston, MD

Medical Education Louisiana State University SOM: Shreveport, LA

Premedical Education University of Pennsylvania, BA- Philosophy, Politics, and Economic, Minor- Fine Arts

Hometown Baton Rouge, LA

Plans Primary Academic Med/Peds, Palliative Care, or Combined Med/Peds Fellowships.

2014 8:27:45 PM

Elizabeth Holzer, MD

Medical Education Louisiana State University New Orleans 

Premedical Education Louisiana State University BS- Chemistry

Hometown New Orleans, LA

Post Residency Inpatient/Outpatient Med/Peds, Hospitalist, Academic Medicine

2014 8:28:13 PM

Nicole Howerton, DO

Medical Education  University of North Texas Health Science Center

Premedical Education University of Texas - Austin- BA Theatre and Dance

Hometown  Tulsa, OK

Plans  Med/Peds Hospitalist


2014 8:31:27 PM

Lucas Puttock, DO

Medical Education Western University, College of Osteopathic Medicine

Premedical Education  University of California San Diego- BS Human Biology 

Hometown: Huntington Beach, CA

Plans: Med/Peds Primary Care, Inpatient/Outpatient Med/Peds in an Academic Setting, Transitional Care, Special Needs Care


Class of 2020


Jasmine Gaines, MD

Medical Education: Wayne State University

Premedical Education: The University of Alabama at Birmingham, B.S., Biology, The University of Alabama at Birmingham, Ph.D., Cellular/Molecular Biology

Hometown  Butler, AL

Plans:  Primary Care, Inpatient/Outpatient Med-Peds, Rural Medicine


Ryley McPeters, MD

Medical Education  Ross University

Premedical Education Dickinson State University, BS-Biology; Colorado State University, MS-Toxicology

Hometown  Upton, WY (Best Town on Earth)

Plans  Med/Peds Hospitalist, Combined Med/Peds fellowships



Daniel Robbins, MD

Medical Education  University of Mississippi

Premedical Education B.A. Psychology and Biochemistry, University of Mississippi

Hometown  Pontotoc, MS

Plans  General Medicine-Pediatrics


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Andrea Heifner, MD

Medical Education  University of Kentucky- BS Biology

Premedical Education University of Florida

Hometown Kissimmee, FL

Plans Med-Peds Hospitalist

Why LSU: I chose to come to LSU-NO for residency because of the interactions I had on my interview day. It felt like home and I connected well with everyone I met that day. New Orleans has a lot to offer both personally and professionally.

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Brittany Mock, DO

Medical Education  Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

Premedical Education  University of West Florida- BS, Pre-Professional Biology

Hometown Pensacola, FL  

Plans Inpatient and Outpatient Med/Peds in Academic Setting

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Corey Gregg, MD

Medical Education University of Miami 

Premedical Education University of Florida

Hometown  Cooper City, Florida

Plans  Med-Peds Hospitalist, Global Health