Like the city of New Orleans, our program draws residents from many different places, cultures, and backgrounds. The Med/Peds Chiefs Residents are 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. Please feel free to contact our Chief Residents before, during, or after the application process with any questions.
Class of 2023
Class of 2024
Vivek Patel, DO
Medical Education: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine - Virginia Campus
Premedical Education: Virginia Commonwealth University - B.S. in Biomedical Engineering; Eastern Virginia Medical School - M.S. in Biomedical Sciences
Hometown: Emporia, VA
Brooke Mcvaney, DO
Taylor Sanders, MD
Medical Education: LSUHSC-NO
Premedical Education: Xavier University of Louisiana: B.S. in Biology
Hometown: Homewood, IL
Plans after residency: Possible Combined Fellowship in Endocrine (or another combined subspecialty) vs Allergy/ Immunology vs Primary Care
Sara Anderson, MD
Medical Education: Tulane University School of Medicine
Class of 2026
Chloe d'Aquin, MD
Medical Education: LSU School of Medicine New Orleans
Southeastern Louisiana University: B.S. in Integrative Biology with minor in French
Hometown: Metairie, LA
Plans after Residency: Undecided
Why you picked LSU: Having grown up in a New Orleans suburb, I've had firsthand experience with how special the people and community are. Going to med school in this city, I was exposed to the vast medical and social needs the patient's still face and the interesting pathology that is always present on the adult and pediatric side. The LSU faculty are excellent teachers and clinicians. I always feel supported in any clinical or scholarly endeavor. LSU truly is a family!
Nali Gillespie, MD
Medical Education: Duke University SOM
Duke University: BA Program II (Intersection of Health and Conflict in the Middle East)
Hometown: Ramona, CA
Plans after Residency: Combined oncology with a plan to specialize in solid or neuro-onc and a research focus on disparities in oncology
Why you picked LSU: I wanted to train at a place with outstanding clinical training that resonated with my values of justice, equity, solidarity and humanism in care and I felt this would be possible at LSU. I also knew that working in a city struggling with the health consequences of structural violence and historical disinvestment would help further cement those values and challenge me to reimagine how physicians can become better advocates. Community was also really important to me; the beautiful sense of radical community in New Orleans and among co-residents has been very special during residency training. Finally I also wanted to be a resident a program where I could imagine having a rich, fulfilling life outside medicine too!
Samuel Maltby, MD
Tejal Naik, MD
Medical Education Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University
Premedical Education: Wake Forest University B.S. in Chemistry with a Concentration in Biochemistry
Hometown: Asheville, NC
Plans after Residency: Undecided
Why you picked LSU: I wanted to train in an area that would provide me with the opportunity to care for populations with limited resources while also encountering a wide range of pathology. Outside of the program, I wanted to be in a city where I would be able to enjoy my time outside of the hospital. I really enjoyed my interview day; the faculty seemed passionate about teaching residents and truely cared for the population of this city. Additionally, the residents all seemed like they got along so well with each other. All these reasons together, made LSU Med-Peds the perfect program for me!
Carter Pesson, MD
Medical Education: LSU Health Sciences Center - New Orleans
LSU Baton Rouge: BA, Anthropology & BS, Biological Sciences
LSUHSC-NO: MPH, Epidemiology
Hometown: New Iberia, Louisiana
Plans after Residency: Infectious Disease or Primary Care
Why you picked LSU: The LSU New Orleans Med-Peds residency program has a sense of community that is incredible. All our co-residents and attendings foster a supportive environment for learning and friendship!
McKenzie Schwarze, MD
Medical Education: University of Illinois College of Medicine Chicago
Premedical Education: Georgetown University
Hometown: Carol Stream, IL
Plans after Residency: PICU or Primary Care, plan to stay in academic medicine either way!
Why you picked LSU: Many reasons! I really wanted to continue training in an urban area with resource limitations different than what I had experienced in Chicago. I also really wanted to be somewhere that I could easily enjoy my time off in residency and New Orleans definitely met the criteria! I also got such a good vibe during the virtual meet n greet with the residents- they all were having such a good time together and I wanted to be a part of that! (PS, LSU was also super supportive of my couple's matching status!)
Why Our Residents Chose LSU New Orleans:
"I chose LSU because when I interviewed I felt that the residents had a tight-knit community and were happy learning here. Everyone I met was so welcoming and friendly and truly interested in me as a person. I also wanted to attend a residency program that would allow me to see a diversity of patients and illness severeity. I felt that LSU I would not only be challenged but also supported tremendoulsy in all aspects of residency." -Emily Riley, MD
" During my interview, all of the residents were so nice, and they only spoke highly of the entire program. I loved everyone I met and really loved the new UMC and changes coming soon to Children’s Hospital." -Blair Stevens, MD
" I chose LSU-NOLA because this city is and I loved everything about the program and the amazing people in the Med- department!!!" - Christine Bruins, MD
" I love the LSU family! The faculty, residents, staff are always willing to teach and help! I love spending time with my family here in New Orleans and attending Saints and LSU football games. I also enjoy eating (crawfish)!" -Tat Yau, MD
"I had a fantastic experience during my interview. Everyone was incredibly welcoming, passionate about patient care, and excited to be in the program, which said a lot. The "good vibes" aside, this program accesses a diverse patient population with training at several hospitals, creating exposure to different groups of individuals and healthcare systems. I am confident I will be well-prepared for whatever may come next."