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GWIMS Team Members


Program Leadership

Nakeisha L. Pierre, MD

Nakeisha Pierre, MD

Tulane GWIMS Steering Committee Chair
Director of Cardiovascular Anesthesiology
Director of Preoperative Medicine

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Dr. Nakeisha Pierre, a New Orleans native, is an Associate Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology and has been a member of the Tulane Community as both Resident Physician and Faculty since 2002 with only a brief respite post-Katrina. Dr. Pierre received her Doctor of Medicine from LSU School of Medicine New Orleans in 2002. She completed her residency in Anesthesiology in 2006 at Tulane School of Medicine, and a Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine Texas Heart Institute in 2007. She is currently the Chair of Tulane’s GWIMS Chapter, Vice Chair of the General Medical Faculty, and has leadership roles on both Tulane Hospital and University administrative and academic committees. Her leadership roles as Clinical Director of Cardiovascular Anesthesiology and Director of the Preoperative Medicine Clinic have fostered the development of institutional change through evidence based guidelines, policy and procedure reform. Dr. Pierre is recognized regionally as an expert preoperative consultant and her collaborations in both private and academic institutions have fostered measurable gains. Dr. Pierre is acknowledged as a devoted physician, wife, mother, and mentor to the community.

Georgina Dobek, DVM, DACLAM

Georgina Dobek

Tulane GWIMS Steering Committee Vice Chair
Assistant Professor

Director, Department of Comparative Medicine

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Dr. Georgina Dobek is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine. She received her Bachelors of Science and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees from Texas A&M University. She completed residency training in Laboratory Animal Medicine at Tulane University, and is a Diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine. As Director of the Department of Comparative Medicine, Dr. Dobek supervises the operations of three animal housing facilities, provides research support and training for scientists and students, co-directs the laboratory animal medicine residency program, and provides clinical care for over 20,000 research animals housed at Tulane.



Tulane GWIMS Steering Committee & Mentors 

Mary K. Mulcahey, MD

Mary Mulcahey, MD

Assistant Dean for Faculty Affairs
Associate Professor and Assistant Program Director of Orthopaedic Surgery
Director, Women's Sports Medicine Program

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Dr. Mary Mulcahey is a New Hampshire native, who received her Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry from Dartmouth College in 2000, and her Doctor of Medicine from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in 2006.  She completed her orthopaedic surgery residency in 2011 at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University/Rhode Island Hospital.  She then completed a fellowship in orthopaedic trauma at the same institution followed by a sports medicine fellowship at San Diego Arthroscopy and Sports Medicine. Dr. Mulcahey was one of only four orthopaedic surgeons to be selected for the Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA) Advanced Arthroscopy Traveling Fellowship in 2016.

Gabriella Pridjian, MD, MBA

Gabriella Pridjian, MD

Associate Dean, Surgical Services
Professor and Chairman of Obstetrics & Gynecology

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Dr. Gabriella Pridjian was appointed Professor and Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in July of 2004. Additionally, she is a clinical geneticist in the Human Genetics Program at Tulane. Dr. Pridjian received her MD degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin, completed her residency in Obstetrics & Gynecology as well as her Maternal-Fetal Medicine fellowship at the University of Chicago, Chicago Lying-In Hospital. After spending several years at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, she moved to New Orleans and completed a fellowship in Human Genetics at Tulane University School of Medicine. She subsequently became Chief of Maternal- Fetal Medicine and then Chairman of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Pridjian has authored numerous publications and has lectured nationally and internationally. Dr. Pridjian's areas of research are in preeclampsia, prenatal diagnosis, pregnancy loss, and metabolic disorders in pregnancy.

Kendra Harris, MD, MSc

Associate Professor and Chair, Radiation OncologyKendra Harris, MD, MSc

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Kendra Harris, MD, MSc, joined Tulane University School of Medicine’s Department of Radiation Oncology in July 2018. Dr. Harris is board-certified in radiation oncology and radiobiology. She earned her medical degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and completed her residency in the Department of Radiation Oncology and Molecular Radiation Sciences at Johns Hopkins. She also completed a fellowship in patient safety at the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality. Prior to joining Tulane, Dr. Harris practiced at Orlando Health UF Health Cancer Center where she treated patients with proton therapy, photon therapy and high dose rate brachytherapy and served as PI for a number of clinical trials. She is also currently fulfilling a three-year appointment on the Metastatic/ Recurrent Task Force with the National Cancer Institute Coordinating Center for Clinical Trials. Dr. Harris has been published in multiple journals on issues related to patient safety and is a member of the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (ASTRO). In 2002, prior to medical school, she was selected as a Rhodes Scholar and completed a Master of Science (MSc) degree focused on health care policy at Oxford University, and in 2013, she earned the Frank L. Coulson Award for Clinical Excellence from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Cecilia Gambala, MD

Cecilia Gambala, MD

Assistant Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Assistant Dean of Clinical Education

Medical Student Clerkship Director

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Cecilia Gambala is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Tulane University School of Medicine. Dr. Cecilia Gambala received her Bachelor of Science In Cell and Molecular Biology and Art Studio from H. Sophie Newcomb College of Tulane University. She has an extensive educational history at Tulane University earning both a Masters of Science in Public Health and a Medical Degree. She subsequently completed her Obstetrics & Gynecology Residency and Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellowship in Chicago at the University of Illinois.  In 2011, she returned to Tulane University Medical School to begin her academic career. She currently acts as Director of medical student education in Ob/Gyn and is the Assistant Dean of Clinical Education. Dr. Gambala's research interests outside of medical education include prenatal diagnosis, obesity, diabetes and hypertensive disorders in pregnancy. 

Mary T. Killackey, MD

Mary T. Killackey, MD

Chair, Department of Surgery
Director, Pediatric Kidney Transplant - Children's Hospital
Professor of Surgery & Pediatrics

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Mary Killackey, MD is an Associate Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics at Tulane University Medical Center. She moved to New Orleans in October 2006 after working as a liver transplant attending at Albert Einstein in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Killackey received her undergraduate(1994) and medical(1998) degrees from Columbia University. She completed her General Surgery residency at the University of Rochester, Strong Memorial. From there, she went on to complete the Abdominal Organ Transplant Fellowship at the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. During her fellowship, she gained expertise in liver, pancreas, intestinal and kidney transplantation in both adult and pediatric patients. In addition to the transplant experience at Mount Sinai, she gained extensive training in hepatobiliary surgery including resection and radio frequency ablation. Dr. Killackey has actively participated in clinical research and has presented at national transplant meetings. She has focused her research to clinical issues related to ischemia reperfusion, and recurrent Hepatitis C after transplant. She is an active member of the transplant community and is a member of several societies on both the local to international level.

Laurianne G. Wild, MD

Laurianne G. Wild, MD

Professor of Medicine
Chief, Section of Clinical Immunology, Allergy & Rheumatology

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Laurianne Wild, a New Orleans native, received her Bachelor of Science degree from Tulane University’s H. Sophie Newcomb Memorial College. She earned her medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine followed by completion of her internship, residency and chief residency at the University of Southern California Los Angeles County Medical Center. She was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society during her residency. At completion of her training in southern California, she returned to New Orleans to complete an Allergy and Clinical Immunology Fellowship at Tulane University School of Medicine and subsequently joined the faculty. She served as Fellowship training program director for nineteen years and now co-directs the training program. She holds the rank of Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Section of Clinical Immunology, Allergy and Rheumatology. Dr. Wild is certified by the American Board of Allergy and Immunology and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology as well as a Fellow of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.