Chief's Corner


2021%202:31:32%20PM Janice Hanawi-Heintze:

Medical School: American University of the Caribbean

Undergraduate School: University of California, San Diego

Welcome to Lafayette! I grew up in southern California and went to undergraduate at UCSD. I continued a beach themed location as I moved to St. Maarten to do medical school at AUC, so I often get asked – why Louisiana?

One of my rotations during medical school was in south Louisiana and it introduced a world of fascinating pathology, a caring community, fantastic Cajun food, and a culture of learning that was designed for you to thrive. Upon my initial meeting with the faculty here at LSU Lafayette, I knew that this was a perfect fit for me, and I can say that I have no regrets about that decision! This program combines the benefits of a large academic center with the volume of complex patients we have along with those of a community based center that has a close-knit family atmosphere. We have an environment here that celebrates curiosity and an excitement to see you become the best version of yourself. I am honored to serve as one of the chief residents here this academic year and continue contributing to the program that has given me so much. I wish you all the best on your journey to find your perfect fit (though I know there is a good chance you will find it here)!




2021%202:31:32%20PM Rebecca Lee Prechter:

Medical School: William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine (WCUCOM)

Graduate School: University of Mississippi Medical Center

Undergraduate School: Ole Miss

Hey ya’ll! My name is Rebecca Prechter and I grew up in Jackson, Mississippi. My journey to Lafayette began at the University of Mississippi where I studied Hotel & Restaurant Management. I know, not your typical undergraduate degree for a doctor! From there, I went on to the Culinary Institute of America. This was just a detour on my road to becoming a doctor and I went on to graduate school where I studied Biomedical Sciences. I ran the clinical research for the Division of Cardiology at the University of Mississippi for 2 years before starting medical school at WCUCOM. My time in medical school furthered my love for cardiology which blossomed into a love of physiology and medicine, ultimately leading me to Internal Medicine at LSU-Lafayette.

Now that you have an idea of who I am, let me tell you why I think LSU-Lafayette is the perfect fit for you. LSU-Lafayette is filled with the most kind and caring people you will ever meet. From the day I walked in the door, I have felt welcomed, appreciated, and valued. The comradery that you will experience at LSU-Lafayette grows into a work place family. The last three years have taught me more than I could have ever imagined learning. The training you will receive here is unrivaled.

The experience gained from the patient population, colleagues, internal medicine staff, and ancillary staff provides a more than sufficient and robust education. When graduating from LSU-Lafayette, you will feel ready for whatever field you chose, be that hospital medicine, outpatient medicine or directly into fellowship. We will prepare you to accomplish the goals you set out many years ago.

I am happy to say that throughout my residency I continued to feel at home, well-educated and appreciated, so much so I accepted the academic chief position to further my knowledge and to give back what I can.

I hope your time with us leaves you with the same feelings that my colleagues and I feel each and every day and that you choose to join our team/family.

I look forward to meeting you!