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 2023

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Laura Hutchins,  MD     (Chief Resident)


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 


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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


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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 

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Chelsea Vaughn, MD     (Chief Resident) 


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


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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

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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


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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


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Nataliya Khimitch, DO


Medical Education:     American University of the Caribbean 


Premedical Education:    NYU: Psychology


Hometown:    Brooklyn, NY


Plans  after residency:   Undecided, possibly GI


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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 


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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


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Emily Riley, MD


Medical Education:  University of Arkansas


Premedical Education:    LSU: Biochemistry


Hometown:   Dumas, AR


Plans after residency:  Cardiology, possibly adult congenital                                                                                                                                         



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 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 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 





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

Premedical Education: Pomona College, B.S. in Chemistry and Spanish

Hometown: Dickinson, North Dakota

Plans after residency:  Dual Hospitalist and International Disaster relief work or Critical care






   Class of 2026



  Chloe d'Aquin, MD

  Medical Education: LSU School of Medicine New Orleans

  Premedical Education: 

       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!


 2022%2011:33:27%20AM Nali Gillespie, MD

  Medical Education: Duke University SOM

  Premedical Education

       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!


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  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

  Premedical Education: 

       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! 


2022%2011:36:27%20AM  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 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."