Current Residents

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 2022

 

Devyn Rohlfs Rivera

Devyn L.  Rohlfs Rivera, MD

Chief Resident 2021-2022

Email: drohlf@lsuhsc.edu

 

Medical Education    University of Medicine & Health Sciences of Saint Kitts

 

Premedical Education    University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez: B.S. in Industrial Microbiology

 

Hometown  Aguadilla, Puerto Rico

 

Plans  Allergy/Immunology

Caitlin Sullivan

          Caitlin Sullivan, MD, MSc

           Chief Resident 2021-2022

           Email:csull8@lsuhsc.edu

 

           Medical Education University of Queensland, Ochsner Clinical School 

  

           Premedical Education    University of Western Ontario: Bachelor of Health Science and Master of Science- Pharmacology                                  

           and Developmental Biology 

 

           Hometown  Tecumseh, Ontario, Canada

 

           Plans  Palliative Care, Combined Hematology and Oncology

   

 

Christine Bruins

Christine Bruins, MD

 

Medical Education: St. George’s University

 

Premedical Education:   UC Berkeley: Totalitarian Regimes with an Emphasis in the Soviet Union

 

Hometown:  Pasadena, CA

 

Plans  after residency:     Hospitalist

 

Marie B

Marie Bulathsinghala,  MD, PhD

 

Medical Education:   Penn State College of Medicine

 

Premedical Education:   Bryn Mawr College

 

Hometown:  Durango, CO

 

Plans  after residency:    NICU

Kimiknu Mentore

Kimiknu Mentore , MD

 

Medical Education: Marshall University

 

Premedical Education:   Duke University: B.A.

 

Hometown:  Charlottesville, VA

 

Plans  after residency:   Infectious Disease

 

 

Blair Stevens

Blair Stevens, MD

 

Medical Education: Louisiana State University, Shreveport

 

Premedical Education:   University of Louisiana at Lafayette: B.S.

 

Hometown:  Denham Springs, LA

 

Plans after residency:   Hospitalist

 

 

 

 

Class of 2023

 
Christophe DeLespinasse 1

Christophe DeLespinasse, MD, MS

 

Medical Education:   Florida International University College of Medicine

 

Premedical Education:   Babson College: B.S. in Business Administration, Barry University: M.S. in Biomedical Sciences

 

Hometown:  Miami, FL

 

Plans  after residency: Hospitalist, medical missions to Haiti

 

Laura Hutchins 2

Laura Hutchins,  MD

 

Medical Education:   Wake Forest of Medicine

 

Premedical Education:   Wake Forest University: B.S. in Biochemistry and Women's and Gender Studies with Minor in Biology 

 

Hometown:  Asheville, NC

 

Plans  after residency:    Critical Care Fellowship or Hospitalist 

 

Andrea Ito 2

Andrea Ito  , MD

 

Medical Education:    Creighton University 

 

Premedical Education:   Saint Joseph's University: B.S. in Biology with Minor in Healthcare Ethics and Faith/Justice Studies

 

Hometown:  San Diego, CA

 

Plans  after residency:    Infectious Disease and/or  Hospitalist

 

Hayoung Lee 2

Hayoung Lee, MD

 

Medical Education:    George Washington University

 

Premedical Education:    University of Oregon: B.S. in Human Psychology and Biology

 

Hometown:  Eugene, OR

 

Plans after residency: Work with underserved communities, possibly in global health 

 

Chelsea Vaughn 1

Chelsea Vaughn, MD

 

Medical Education:   Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center- Shreveport

 

Premedical Education:     Tulane University: B.S.E. in Biomedical Engineering 

 

Hometown:     Lafayette, LA

 

Plans after residency:   Critical Care Fellowship or Hospitalist

 

Deena Wisa 1  

Deena Wisa, MD

 

Medical Education: St. George's University   

 

Premedical Education:    University of Rochester: B. A. in Psychology/Brain and Cognitive Science 

 

Hometown:  Rochester, NY

 

Plans  after residency: Primary Care, possibly Allergy and Immunology Fellowship

Class of 2024

 
Christophe DeLespinasse 1

Lauren DeLeon, MD

 

Medical Education:   St. George's University School of Medicine

 

Premedical Education:    University of Florida: Biochemistry with Dance minor

 

Hometown:  Englewood, FL

 

Plans  after residency:   Primary Care

 

Laura Hutchins 2

DeLane Hise, DO

 

Medical Education:   Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

 

Premedical Education:    University of Tennessee at Chattanooga: Biology with Chemistry minor

 

Hometown:  Spring Hill, TN

 

Plans after residency:    PICU

 

Andrea Ito 2

Nataliya Khimitch, DO

 

Medical Education:     American University of the Caribbean 

 

Premedical Education:    NYU: Psychology

 

Hometown:    Brooklyn, NY

 

Plans  after residency:   Undecided, possibly GI

 

Hayoung Lee 2

Meaghan McHahon, MD

 

Medical Education:    Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University

 

Premedical Education:     University of North Florida

 

Hometown:    Palm City, FL

 

Plans after residency:   Primary Care or Allery/Immunology 

 

Chelsea Vaughn 1

Ashley Misky, DO

 

Medical Education:   Lincoln Memorial - Debusk College of Osteopathic Medicine

 

Premedical Education:    Tennessee Technological University 

 

Hometown:  Memphis, TNU

 

Plans  after residency:    Primary Care or Pediatric Cardiology

 

Deena Wisa 1  

Emily Riley, MD

 

Medical Education:  University of Arkansas

 

Premedical Education:    LSU: Biochemistry

 

Hometown:   Dumas, AR

 

Plans after residency:  Cardiology, possibly adult congenital                                                                                                                                         

Cassie

 

Cassie Shaw, MD

Medical Education: University of Alabama at Birmingham 

Premedical Education:  The University of Southern Mississippi: B.S. in Biological Sciences 

Hometown:  Mobile, AL

Plans after residency: Undecided, probably Allergy and Immunology or Dermatology 

 

 

 

 

Class of 2025

  

 

Vivek

 

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

Plans after residency: Undecided

 

 

 

 

Brooke

 

Brooke Mcvaney, DO

Medical Education: West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine 

Premedical Education: West Virginia Wesleyan College: B.S. Exercise Physiology 

Hometown: Parkersburg, West Virginia 

Plans after residency: Fellowship or Hospitalist 

 

 

 

Sandrine

 

Sandrine N. Defeu, MD

Medical Education: Texas Tech Health Science Center, El Paso

Premedical Education: University of Dschang, Cameroon: B.S.in Biochemistry, minor in pharmacology; Texas Tech Health Science Center, Lubbock Texas: B.S. in Biochemistry, minor in chemistry; Texas A&M College station: MPH

Hometown: Buea, Cameroon

Plans after residency:  Undecided, Hematology/Oncology with a focus on sickle cell disease or Congenital cardiology

 

 

 

 

Why Our Residents Chose LSU New Orleans:

"The people I met on zoom were incredible. One of my most relaxed interviews, the resident are very welcoming. Great people."  -Sandrine Defeu, MD

 

 "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 magical and I loved everything about the program and the amazing people in the Med- Peds 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  Procambarus clarkii  (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."