Resident Bios

 

PGY 4

Yetunde Akinde, MD

Akinde_YDr. Akinde was born in Nigeria and relocated with her family to Colorado at the age of 12. She is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she majored in Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology (MCDB) and Psychology-Neuroscience. She received her Doctor of Medicine and Master of Public Health degrees from Drexel University in Philadelphia. Her research has focused on developing community interventions for increasing care engagement for women living in HIV. Besides medicine, she has strong interest in health policy and management and hopes to work in resource-limited settings to help reduce healthcare disparities both locally and internationally. Her favorite hobbies include traveling, blogging, and exercising.

Why LSU? Because of the amazing people, both co-residents and patients.

Hobbies: Traveling, fitness, and blogging.

 

Erika Arceneaux, MD

Arceneaux_EDr. Arceneaux grew up in Kenner, Louisiana. She went to Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge where she earned a degree in biochemistry, and attended LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans for her medical degree. She enjoys the variety of ObGyn as a specialty and plans to become a generalist. She is excited to be spending the next four years further exploring the city of New Orleans.

Why LSU?  So many reasons. Camaraderie between residents is unmatched. Faculty who care. A patient population that teaches us so much.

Hobbies : Pre-COVID: Trying new restaurants. Trivia at my favorite brewery. Now: Riding my bike to Audubon Park

 

 

Rose DePaula, MD

DePaula_RDr. DePaula-Cox was born and raised in Hammond, Louisiana. She attended both SMU and SELU and received a Bachelor of Science in Integrative Biology with minors in history and chemistry. After graduation, Rose received her medical degree from LSU New Orleans School of Medicine. Outside of work, Rose enjoys traveling and being chief taste tester for her husband's cooking. (He's a chef.)

Why LSU? The people! Both my co residents and the patients! I feel lucky and grateful to be taking care of the best patients with the best co residents!

Hobbies: traveling, eating and cooking with Rubin, and playing with the pups!

 

Ariella Price, MD

Price_ADr. Price was born and raised in Delray Beach, Florida. She received her Bachelor of Science in biological sciences with a minor in Italian from Florida State University. Following graduation she spent a summer abroad in Italy working as an Au pair, and subsequently worked as a medical assistant for the remainder of the year. She then returned to the Florida State University College of Medicine to complete her medical degree. She is very happy to be completing her OB/GYN training at LSU-New Orleans, a program that values education and a supportive learning environment for the residents. Dr. Price’s professional interests include global health and family planning. Outside of medicine her interests include playing soccer, watching football, travel, learning how to play the drums, and spending time outdoors with family and friends.

Why LSU? High acuity of patients, family atmosphere between the residents and staff!

Hobbies: Playing soccer, watching football, outdoor activities with friends and family.

 

Morgan Whalon, MD

Whalon_MDr. Whalon was born in Dallas, TX and raised in New Orleans. She received an Associate of Science in Nursing from Southern University. She worked as a Registered Nurse in Alabama while pursuing further education earning a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science from Oakwood University. She attended medical school at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Dr. Whalon is thrilled to have returned home for Obstetrics & Gynecology Residency and enjoys being a part of keeping the women of New Orleans health. Her clinical interests include family planning, gynecologic surgery, and improving access for underserved women. Outside of medicine, she enjoys live jazz, good food, and family time.

Why LSU? I chose LSU because I was intrigued by the diverse faculty, residency classes, and patient population. I wanted to be apart of a training program that was committed to providing high acuity patient care to the most high risk patients to best prepare me for practice.

Hobbies: Spending time with friends and family. Watching Disney Movies and sing alongs. Trying new wines.

 

Katherine Williams, MD

Williams_KDr. Williams is from Chicago, IL. She is happy to leave her snow shovel behind and loving it here in New Orleans. She studied music and biochemistry in Chicago, spent two gap years tutoring and working in plastic surgery research, and went to medical school in Detroit, MI. She and her husband enjoy meal-prepping, spending time outdoors with their dogs, and finding new favorite local bands.

Why LSU? Because of the unique resident camaraderie she felt even on just one interview day and the chance to care for our incredible patient population.

Hobbies: Finding favorite bands and restaurants in the area, spending time outdoors with their dogs, and spending time with her classmates.

 

 

PGY 3

Akshay Goswami, MD

Goswami_ADr. Goswami was born in the only country that begins with an "O" and moved to Houston, Texas when he was a teenager. He grew up repping the Houston Rockets and enjoying all things basketball. He is a Class of 2015 graduate of Emory University in Atlanta, GA, where he majored in Neuroscience & Behavioral Biology (NBB) and Economics. During hs time at Emory, he was heavily involved in Residence Life as a Supervising Resident Advisor and led the Greek Life Conduct Board. After his undergraduate studies, he was accepted as a MD/MPH dual degree Class of 2019 candidate at University of Texas Health Long School of Medicine in San Antonio, Texas. He was very grateful to serve as the class president of his medical class for four years, embark on medical global health trips to Panama, India, and Ecuador, advocate for patients through AMA and TMA, and is actively involved in translational research. He graduated as an MD with Distinction in Research, along with his MPH, and was elated to join his Ob/Gyn family in New Orleans. His current research interests lie in the field of Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility. Outside of work, Dr. Goswami enjoys going on adventures and exploring the world with his life-long best friend Sejal, hiking through nature, hitting the gym, enjoying delicious cuisines with his co-residents, listening to podcasts/audiobooks (The Ringer is awesome!), catching up on the great Netflix shows, experiencing all of the NOLA festivals, and ofcourse celebrating his Houston Rockets dominate. Residency can seem daunting, but it is alot of fun when you are surrounded by brilliant, caring, and supportive co-residents!!!

Why LSU? Simple! I felt at home right away. Our encouraging culture here is conducive to learning and helping you excel, our high acuity patient population prepares you to confidently manage complex cases in the OR and on the floor, and our faculty is very engaged and focused on helping us achieve our goals. I am so grateful and happy that I matched to my top choice! 

Hobbies: As stated above in my bio, outside of work, Dr. Goswami enjoys going on adventures and exploring the world with his life-long best friend Sejal, hiking through nature, hitting the gym, enjoying delicious cuisines with his co-residents, listening to podcasts/audiobooks (The Ringer is awesome!), catching up on the great Netflix shows, experiencing all of the NOLA festivals, and of course celebrating his Houston Rockets dominate.

 

Vanessa Norris, MD

Norris_VBorn and raised in Fort Worth, TX, Dr. Norris is a proud graduate of Texas Christian University where she earned a B.S. in Biology with minor in Spanish for Health Professions. Dr Norris’s interest in counseling and student leadership development led her to pursue a Master of Education in Higher Education Student Affairs at her alma mater. Dr. Norris obtained her medical degree from UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, TX where she discovered her passion for women’s preventative healthcare, teen sexual health education, high risk obstetrics, and diversity and inclusion initiatives in medical education. In her free time, Dr Norris loves to explore her new home town of New Orleans by trying new restaurants and going on runs in historic neighborhoods like the Garden District and Audubon. She is ecstatic use her skills to serve the women of New Orleans!

Why LSU? I chose LSU because I wanted to start my medical training in a city with a rich culture and history as well as take care of an ethnically diverse, medically complex patient population. New Orleans is all that and more. As soon as I met the residents and staff, I could see that this program valued quality time among residents and that the staff and residents alike welcomed everyone with warmth and hospitality that you can only find in New Orleans. I’m glad I chose LSU.

Hobbies: Cooking, painting, and spending time with family.

 

Remi Omotayo, MD

Omotayo_RDr. Omotayo was born in London, England and raised in Tallahassee, FL. She received her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science with a minor in chemistry from Florida State University. Dr. Omotayo went on to receive both her Master's degree in Biomedical Sciences and MD degree from Florida State University College of Medicine. During her time in medical school, she was very involved in the Student National Medical Association, ultimately serving as Associate Regional Director for Region IV. She also had the opportunity to serve on a global health trip to Nicaragua and is very passionate about the mentorship of pre-medical students. Dr. Omotayo's clinical interests include gynecologic surgery and family planning. Outside of medicine, she enjoys travelling the world, photography, R&B music, fashion, brunch, and more brunch! Dr. Omotayo couldn’t be happier to be training in New Orleans with her LSU Fam!

Why LSU? I chose LSU because of the amazing sense of family and the diversity amongst both the residents, faculty, and staff. Our patient population affords us great clinical experience and the distinct pleasure of taking care of patients who look like me. And not to mention there’s really nothing like living in New Orleans with beautiful people, energy, and amazing food!

Hobbies: Travel, photography, Brunchin’

 

Vibha Rao, MD

Rao_VDr. Rao was born and raised in the DC Metro Area and spent the better part of a decade in Baltimore, MD before moving down to the Bayou. She received her Bachelors of Science in Biological Sciences with a minor in Political Science from the University of Maryland Baltimore County where she was a Meyerhoff Scholar. She then went on to receive her MD and MS in clinical research from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Rao is very passionate about high-risk obstetrics and loves to scan and scan and scan! Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her co-residents, outdoor running to learn about her new city, and spinning — riding on the coattails of her days as an instructor! Dr. Rao feels so lucky to call NOLA her home!

Why LSU? Because I knew, from the moment I stepped onto the campus for interview day, the program felt like family! We all shared something in common with another from hometowns to hobbies. We celebrate holidays, birthdays and every milestone in between together, even if they're during a call shift!

Hobbies: Running, crafting and spending time with co-residents.

 

Antonia Traina, MD

Traina_ADr. Traina was born and raised in New Orleans, LA. She received her Bachelor's of Science degree in biological sciences with a minor in secondary education. Following graduation she worked as an executive assistant for her step father's law firm. She quickly realized that although law was common interest in her family, with her mother teaching law studies; it was not the career path for her. She then returned to life of medicine by first getting her Master's Degree in Pharmacology at Tulane School of Medicine. She completed her medical degree at LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans and is happy to continue her OB/GYN training at her home institution. Dr. Traina's professional interest include global health and community outreach. She wishes to pursue a career as a generalist and hopes to take part in training medical students and residents at an academic institution in her future. Outside of medicine her interests include playing sand volleyball, traveling, crafting and DIY projects, and spending time with family and friends.

Why LSU?
- Family: Not only is New Orleans my home and my biological family is here, but I have gained a whole new family in this residency program. I feel as though my co-residents are like my sisters and brothers; their support is what gets me through the days.
- Patient Acuity: Our patient population are some of the most complex patients requiring the highest level of care. From day one, the difficulty begins and together we work through tough cases, pick up on acute level care and manage the intricacies of medical comorbidites. Residency is a learning process and there is no shortage of learning here.
- Lifestyle: Residency is hard, but living in a place that has so much to do makes it that much better. NOLA lends itself to cultural diversity and prides itself on camaraderie. Our residency reflects the heart of NOLA. And it doesn’t hurt that there is always something to do, some festival to attend and ALWAYS good food to eat!

Hobbies: DIY everything! Sewing, crafting building; you name it I’ll DIY it. Recreational sports like sand volleyball, softball, kickball. Outdoorsy things like hiking, camping, biking… etc.

 

Joshua Wells, MD

Wells_JDr. Wells was born and raised in New Orleans, LA. He received his bachelor's degree in biological sciences from LSU. After graduation, he spent some time working in the service industry in New Orleans, during which he met his wife, Johanna. His continued interest in science and medicine brought him back to school, obtaining his master's degree in cell and molecular biology from Tulane University. He also spent a year working as a medical assistant. Dr. Wells then went on to receive his medical degree from LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans. During his time in medical school, Dr. Wells helped run the community outreach group at LSU, and he is excited to get the opportunity to stay at home and provide care for the women of southern Louisiana.

Why LSU? Growing up in Nola made that decision easy. But above anything it was the people, from the high acuity patients that we take care of daily, to the amazing residents who really are like one big family.

Hobbies: Spending time with my wife and two daughters, playing soccer, and attending LSU/Saints football games.

 

PGY 2

Deanna Dawson, MD

Dawson_DDr. Dawson was born in Honolulu, HI but grew up in Northern California. She received a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She received her MD from the University of California, San Francisco, and her Master’s in Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley. During medical school she participated in the Student National Medical Association, as well as numerous social justice and advocacy efforts through White Coats for Black Lives and the Do No Harm Coalition. She is passionate about social justice, reproductive justice and health equity, and hopes to use her platform and privilege as a physician to advocate for and uplift the most marginalized populations in our society.  She looks forward to eating her way through New Orleans.

Why LSU? The patient population, diversity, and the food!

Hobbies: Anything food related, politics, and spending time with family and friends.

 

Eleanor Germano, MD

Germano_EDr. Germano was born and raised in Kankakee, Illinois about 1 hour south of Chicago. Her parents are both in the performing arts so she grew up doing music, dance, and theater. She has always loved big cities living so close to Chicago so she moved to the city for undergrad at Loyola University Chicago. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in biology with minors in biostatistics and sociology. She then went on to attend medical school at the University of Iowa. During medical school, she worked as a philanthropy chair to support a local domestic violence shelter and spent over three months in Uganda working at a maternal hospital. While Dr. Germano loved her time in Iowa, she was ready to move back to a big city for residency and was interested in a program that worked with diverse and underserved patient populations – New Orleans fit that bill. She also loved that the residents and faculty were from all over the country with many different backgrounds. It has been a challenge moving so far away from her family but LSU Ob/Gyn has become her new family.

Why LSU? The city and the diverse patient population, residents, and faculty.

Hobbies: Cooking and baking, knitting, and playing with her beloved boxer dog Tulip; but whenever she gets the chance, she loves to travel and explore new places and cultures.

 

Allison Lazenby, MD

Lazenby_ADr. Lazenby grew up in Opelika, AL. She attended Auburn University, where she double majored in Biomedical Sciences and Spanish. She stuck around for an extra year to obtain a Masters degree in Biological Sciences, then moved to Birmingham where she attended UAB School of Medicine. During medical school, she worked as the clinic director at UAB’s student-run free healthcare clinic and completed a short-term research fellowship in Zambia where she studied lower-cost alternatives to neonatal incubators. She decided to pursue OB/GYN after rotating in Tuscaloosa, AL, during her third year of medical school, and is so excited to have matched at LSU for residency. Her professional interests include healthcare disparities, global health, and medical student education.

Why LSU? I fell in love with LSU on interview day for multiple reasons. The residents here are a unique and diverse group of people who are similarly passionate about the women they serve. They also love to spend time together outside of work, and do so a lot! (Like, A LOT.) The program directors at LSU genuinely care about each resident and their individual academic goals. Finally, New Orleans is an amazing place to live, with the best restaurants, festivals, live music and outdoor activities.

Hobbies: Tennis, hiking, baking

 

Sara Lever, MD

Lever_SDr. Sara Lever was born and raised in the Baltimore area. She attended the University of Rochester where she studied Public Health and Spanish. It was during her undergraduate studies where she began to meld her passions for the health sciences and Spanish language both locally and abroad. Following her undergraduate studies, she relocated back to the Mid-Atlantic where she worked in pediatric mood disorder research for two years before starting medical school at the University of Maryland. Prior to graduating medical school, Dr. Lever spent a year in Guatemala working for a non-profit that runs a prenatal care training program for traditional midwives in rural Mayan communities. It was here that she further deepened her interest in women’s health in resource-restricted settings while also learning how to navigate a health care system built on both Mayan and biomedically-based health beliefs. SShe hopes to continue to explore her interests in high risk obstetrics, as well as better understand and address the social, political, and economic barriers to care for women in Louisiana. She is so excited to learn more about New Orleans, and enjoy the beautiful art and music as well as delicious food that this vibrant city has to offer!

Why LSU? I was drawn to the program at LSU-NO as I felt it would provide the perfect balance of exposure to OB/GYN care in rural and urban settings. I was also inspired by the residents and faculty that I met at LSU and their dedication to providing access to high quality OB/GYN specialty and primary care for women in the New Orleans area.

Hobbies: knitting, yoga, dabbling in the ukulele, catching up with friends and family on the zoom

 

Alexandra Thomas, MD

Thomas_ADr. Thomas was born and raised in San Diego, CA. She and her parents all moved out of Southern California when she left for college to attend Georgetown University, so she called four different cities home for the next ten years. When she moved to Washington, DC, her mother moved to the middle of nowhere, Idaho, and her father moved to Oakland, California. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Science. She went on to receive her Master’s Degree in Physiology and Biophysics at Georgetown and then worked as a medical assistant at an OB/GYN practice before attending medical school at Georgetown. Throughout her time in Washington, DC, she had the opportunity to learn about health advocacy through a unique lens and looks forward to further developing her interest in this field during residency. Three degrees later, she moved to New Orleans and is incredibly excited to continue her training in OB/GYN at LSU. Outside of medicine, she enjoys running (in this heat, let’s be honest…it’s more of a fast-paced walk), cross-stitching, and listening to live music.

Why LSU? I chose LSU because I wanted to train in a setting that promotes health advocacy and that increases access to care among medically underserved communities. I wanted to learn as much, if not more, from the patients that I serve as I do from the textbooks that I read. I wanted to accomplish these goals alongside the wonderful and incredibly supportive family at LSU.

Hobbies: running, cross-stitching, and listening to live music

 

PGY 1

Rachel Denneny, MD

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Jonte Ellison, MD

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Saskya Etienne, MD

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Cameron Holmes, MD

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Keiko Leong, MD

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Sylvia Lobo, MD

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Residents 2021-2022