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IM_Faculty_Sells, Nicholas (3)

  Nicholas Sells, M.D.
  Infectious Disease

  Section Chief, Department of Medicine
  Director of Infectious Diseases, HIV and Viral Hepatitis Clinics
  LSUHSC-University Hospitals and Clinics

Nicholas Sells, M.D. is the Section Chief of the Department of Internal Medicine as well as the Director of Infectious Diseases and our HIV and Viral Hepatitis Programs here at University Hospital and Clinics.  Clinical interests include HIV, Viral Hepatitis, HIV/Hep C Coinfection, HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, GLBT Medicine, Antimicrobial Stewardship and General Infectious Diseases.  Dr. Sells attends on Infectious Diseases Consult Services, Antimicrobial Stewardship Services, General Medicine Wards Services as needed and Outpatient Infectious Diseases Clinic, HIV clinic, PrEP Clinic and Hepatitis C clinic.  He serves on several committees in the health system, hospital and community.  Research interests include HIV/Hep C coinfection, graduate medical education, viral hepatitis and healthcare disparities, fosfomycin and urinary pathogens.

 

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  Karen Curry, M.D.
  Internal Medicine

  Program Director, Department of Internal Medicine
  LSUHSC-University Hospitals and Clinics

Dr. Curry graduated from LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans in 1991. She completed her residency in Pathology for three years at Oschner Medical Center in New Orleans until 1994, then decided to spend at least one year in clinical medicine.  After her first six months of training here in Lafayette in the Department of Internal Medicine, she knew she needed to stay on the tract of becoming an Internist.  Dr. Curry has enjoyed meeting patients when they first present to our Emergency Room and following them through the years.

After completing her residency training in Internal Medicine in 1998, she stayed at University Hospital and Clinics as an Assistant Professor in Internal Medicine and has been a key clinical faculty in our department for 17 years.  She enjoys the intellectual curiosity of our residents. Over the years at UHC, she has been the Medical Director for Disease Management programs of asthma, diabetes, and congestive heart failure.  She has also held the position of assistant program director for a number of years.

Dr. Curry has been married for 25 years to Thomas Curry, a local Ophthalmologist.  They have two children, Taylor and Davis, Taylor is a senior at LSU in Baton Rouge majoring in Biology and Davis is a senior at a local high school, Episcopal School of Acadiana.  In their spare time, they enjoy biking, sailing, and traveling together.

 

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  Tina Benoit-Clark, M.D., FACP
  Internal Medicine

  Associate Program Director, Department of Internal Medicine
  LSUHSC-University Hospitals and Clinics

Originally from Rayne, LA, Dr. Benoit-Clark graduated from of UL Lafayette. After attending medical school at LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans, she completed her residency in Internal Medicine at University Medical Center, which is now University Hospital & Clinics, in Lafayette, LA, and has been an academic faculty member since completing her training.

She is currently the Associate Program Director for the Internal Medicine Program at UHC. Over the years she has been the clinical lead physician for the Renal Beginnings Clinic at UHC and is now the Outpatient Clinics Medical Director and the Medical Student Site Director at UHC. She takes pleasure in teaching students and residents who challenge her with their enthusiasm and inquisitiveness.

Medicine is changing and with her recent MBA degree, she is prepared to share what she has learned about the business aspect of medicine to residents, students, and colleagues.

She is married to Roderick Clark, a local nephrologist. She has three children, with two of them pursuing medical careers. Her youngest son is studying mechanical engineering and plays collegiate soccer. All of her kids have been involved in soccer for many years and they enjoy traveling throughout the country supporting their teams

 

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  Farha Khan, M.D., MHA
 
Associate Program Director, Department of Internal Medicine
  LSUHSC-University Hospitals and Clinics  

A native of India, Farha Khan, M.D., MHA graduated from Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College and completed her residency program in Internal Medicine at Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, IL.  After residency, Dr. Khan completed her fellowship at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Research Triangle Park in Durham, NC.  Dr. Khan has accumulated over 20 years of clinical experience during her prestigious career.  Her career includes 10 years of teaching and an additional two years performing a research thesis. In addition to Louisiana, she’s lived, worked and studied in North Carolina, Illinois and Wisconsin.  Dr. Khan is ABIM certified and was awarded the 1988 Gold Medal in ENT and Obstetrics and Gynecology.  She also received the 1995 Chairman's Award in Internal Medicine during her time at Lutheran General Hospital

 

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  Daniel Stout, M.D.
  Endocrinology

  Associate Program Director, Department of Internal Medicine
  LSUHSC-University Hospitals and Clinics 

Dr. Stout graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette before earning his Doctor of Medicine from the LSUHSC School of Medicine in New Orleans.  He completed his Internal Medicine residency at Earl K. Long Medical Center in Baton Rouge, and then proceeded to fellowship in Endocrinology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  Upon completion of his post-graduate training, he worked in private practice for six years in the Lafayette area.

Dr. Stout serves as a member of our core faculty.  He attends on both general medicine wards and the inpatient Endocrinology service as well as general outpatient Endocrinology clinics.  He is the Director of the Diabetes Education Program as well as coordinator of the department’s faculty research and scholarly activity program.  His interests’ include diabetes mellitus and primary hyperparathyroidism. He is experienced in performing ultrasound guided fine needles aspiration of the thyroid.

A native of Opelousas, LA, Dr. Stout is married and has a young daughter. In his spare time, he and his family enjoy traveling together.

 

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  Gregory Ardoin, M.D.
  Internal Medicine

  Department of Internal Medicine
  LSUHSC-University Hospitals and Clinics

Greg Ardoin was born and raised in Ville Platte, Louisiana.  He grew up on a farm, graduated from Sacred Heart High School and then earning his Bachelor of Science degree from LSU in Baton Rouge, he went on to LSU Medical School in New Orleans.  After earning his Doctorate of Medicine, he went on to complete an internship and residency at UAB hospitals in Birmingham, Alabama in Internal Medicine.  He then returned to New Orleans to complete fellowships in both pulmonary and critical care medicine.

 Subsequently, he returned to his home town of Ville Platte, with his wonderful wife Erin, raised 5 children, and practiced pulmonary /critical care medicine and internal medicine in a rural setting for 20 years. 

In 2010, he accepted a position as Head of the Pulmonary Department for Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria and developed their Lung Center where he remained for 7-1/2 years. 

Due to his youngest child, Mary Claire, being diagnosed with Down’s syndrome, they decided to move to Lafayette, Louisiana which affords these special individuals unique opportunities including attending ULL.  Dr. Ardoin joined the UHC team in January of 2018 gifting the hospital with his invaluable knowledge.

 

IM_Faculty_Bienvenu, Melanie

  Melanie Bienvenu, M.D., MPH
  Gastroenterology
 
  Department of Internal Medicine
  LSUHSC-University Hospitals and Clinics

Dr. Melanie M. Bienvenu is a native of Opelousas, Louisiana.  She attended Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge where she graduated Summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Science.  She continued her education at Louisiana State University Health Science Center School of Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana, where she received her Doctor of Medicine and a Masters of Public Health in 2008.  Upon graduation from the Louisiana State University Health Science Center, Dr. Bienvenu was awarded the Chancellor’s Award and the G. Gordon McHardy Award in Gastroenterology.   

Dr. Bienvenu completed her Internship and Residency at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in Internal Medicine in 2011 where she was awarded the Most Distinguished Senior Resident Award. She completed a fellowship in Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston in 2014. She received additional training in Endoscopic Ultrasound, Endoscopic Mucosal Resection, and Cryotherapy and Radiofrequency Ablation of Barrett’s Esophagus. Upon completion of her post-graduate training, she worked in private practice for four years in the Lafayette area.

She is Board Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Gastroenterology and Hepatology.  

Dr. Bienvenu enjoys cooking, traveling, reading, and mostly her family.  She is married to John Michael Bienvenu of Lafayette, LA.  They have three children, Cecilia, Elijah, and Cole.

 

IM_Faculty_Ceaser, Shantell

 Shantell Ceaser, M.D.
  Internal Medicine

  Department of Internal Medicine
  LSUHSC-University Hospitals and Clinics

 

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  Ann Chauffe, D.O., MPH
  Rheumatology

  Department of Internal Medicine
  LSUHSC-University Hospitals and Clinics

Dr. Ann Chauffe is a native of Florida and received her medical degree and master degree in public health from Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida in 2007. She then went on to complete an internal medicine residency at Pennsylvania Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where she was selected as chief resident. She returned to Florida, the University of Florida, for her Rheumatology fellowship in 2011. Following her rheumatology training, she was selected as a NIH T-32 Research fellow focusing on inflammatory muscle disease (myositis) and osteoarthritis. She stayed on staff at the University of Florida and its affiliate VA Hospital where she was successfully awarded grant funding, Veteran’s Affairs RR&D Career Development Award, investigating the effects of a molecule, Thymosin Beta 4, in a mouse model of osteoarthritis. Her husband, Dr. Ryan Chauffe an interventional cardiologist, hails from Breaux Bridge, Louisiana and they moved to Lafayette in 2015. She initially commuted to Ochsner Clinic in Baton Rouge, but in 2018 joined Louisiana State University at University Hospital and Clinics in Lafayette to re-focus on teaching and research.

Dr. Chauffe is board certified in Rheumatology and Internal Medicine, and has received several awards, including the University of Florida Excellence in Teaching, American College of Osteopathic Internists Humanism in Medicine & Teaching, and Florida Osteopathic Medical Association Student of the Year. In her time off, Dr. Chauffe enjoys spending time with her husband and two small girls, working out, and traveling the world, often providing medical care to the underserved.

 

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  Melisa Harrington, M.D.
  Nephrology

  Department of Internal Medicine
  LSUHSC-University Hospitals and Clinics

Melisa Harrington, M.D. graduated medial school from Saba University School of Medicine in 2000. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at University Medical Center and went on to complete a fellowship in Nephrology at Louisiana State University. Following her education, Dr. Harrington became board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. She is also board certified in Nephrology with over 20 years’ experience and is affiliated with the National Board of Physicians and Surgeons for Internal Medicine and Nephrology.

  

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  Jay Jaikishen, M.D., FACP
  Internal Medicine

  Department of Internal Medicine
  LSUHSC-University Hospitals and Clinics

Dr. Jaikishen completed his residency in Internal Medicine, Nuclear Medicine and Nuclear Cardiology. He is currently an LSU Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at University Hospital & Clinics (UHC) and has been an LSU faculty member since 1991. He is a fellow of American College of Physicians, board certified and is also specialty and society certified in echocardiograms and cardiac CT angiography.

Dr. Jaikishen is a member of Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography and American Society of Nuclear Cardiology. He is in charge of Noninvasive Cardiac Imaging at the Heart Hospital and interprets cardiac studies at area hospitals. He serves as a cardiac imaging consultant for Lafayette General Medical Center (LGMC).

Dr. Jaikishen’s areas of expertise include noninvasive cardiac imaging encompassing all modalities from echocardiograms, nuclear cardiac studies, cardiac CT angiography and cost effective cardiovascular evaluation and care. He has published numerous articles and case reports in peer reviewed medical journals as well as local and national ACP meetings. He has also served as a member of the Pharmaceutical and Therapeutics Committee at LGMC.

Dr. Jaikishen conducts grand rounds weekly with LSU students and oversees journal club articles, morning report, monthly mortality conference and daily work rounds on the medical floor, ICU, and Telemetry units with medical residents and students, teaching them ethical professional and cost effective medicine. He also provides guidance to clinic staff regarding appropriate cost effective work up of complex medical problems. He was on special rotation and treated and accepted hospital patients post Katrina from Baton Rouge and New Orleans.

 

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  Nethuja Salagundla, M.D.
  Internal Medicine

  Department of Internal Medicine
  LSUHSC-University Hospitals and Clinics

A native of India, Dr. Salagundla moved to China at the age of 16 to finish medical school at Dali University. She graduated as one of the top three students and received multiple scholarship awards for her performance.

Dr. Salagundla worked in Emergency medicine for a year before moving to the United States to pursue her career in Internal Medicine. She completed her residency in Amarillo, Texas at Texas Tech and was also selected as chief resident. In 2019, she moved to Lafayette to pursue a career in academics.

Dr. Salagundla is board certified in Internal Medicine and enjoys teaching and research. She received the Dean’s Scholarly Activity award as a resident and is looking forward to continue teaching, research and quality improvement here in Lafayette.

 

IM_Faculty_Walker, S

  S. Patrick Walker, D.O.
  Internal Medicine

  Department of Internal Medicine
  LSUHSC-University Hospitals and Clinics

Dr. Walker is a native of Baton Rouge, LA and graduate of the Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine – UPIKE. Dr. Walker completed his internship and residency here at University Hospital and Clinics and has decided to stay on as a full-time faculty member.  Dr. Walker’s special interests include critical care, inpatient medicine and cirrhotic liver disease.  Dr. Walker will be joining us as full-time teaching faculty, he will also have a faculty practice of his own primary care patients and as well as starting a cirrhotic liver disease clinic in the Division of Gastroenterology with the help of Dr. Bienvenu.

                                
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