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New hemophilia treatment a victory for patients, Tulane doctor writes in New England Journal of Medicine
A new treatment that helps people with hemophilia A maintain higher levels of a crucial blood clotting factor with fewer treatments is a victory for patients, according to a new editorial in  The New England Journal of Medicine this week by Cindy Leissinger, MD, director of the Louisiana...

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Tony Hu invested as a Tulane Weatherhead Presidential Chair - Jan 27, 2023
Tony Y. Hu, PhD, director of Tulane’s Center for Cellular and Molecular Diagnostics and professor in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Biomedical Engineering, and Microbiology, was recently invested in the Weatherhead Presidential Chair in Biotechnology Innovation at the School of Medicine. The Jan. 20 ceremony brought friends, family and colleagues to Hutchinson Auditorium to recognize Hu, who joined Tulane in 2019 and is enjoying a prolific...
New hemophilia treatment a victory for patients, Tulane doctor writes in New England Journal of Medicine - Jan 26, 2023
A new treatment that helps people with hemophilia A maintain higher levels of a crucial blood clotting factor with fewer treatments is a victory for patients, according to a new editorial in  The New England Journal of Medicine this week by Cindy Leissinger, MD, director of the Louisiana Center for Bleeding and Clotting Disorders at Tulane University School of Medicine. An estimated 20,000 people in the U.S. have hemophilia A, including...
Tulane Telehealth now a benefit for everyone with Tulane health insurance - Jan 23, 2023
With Carnival season now in full swing, the last thing you want to do is get sick or spend a lot of time waiting at an urgent care. Connect with a Tulane Telehealth provider from the comfort of your couch instead. Tulane Telehealth gives you 24/7 virtual urgent care. Tulane Telehealth is now a zero copay benefit for employees and their families who are covered by Tulane medical insurance (HDHP plan members pay $0 after deductible is met)....
Ferdinand honored with Southern University at New Orleans’ Center for African and African American Studies Living Legend Award - Jan 18, 2023
Keith Ferdinand, MD, grew up in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans, and it was in that neighborhood where he opened his first cardiology practice more than 30 years ago. He spent decades in that office treating the community, teaching people about cardiovascular health and addressing the disparities that affect health outcomes for many of his patients. His work continues today as a professor of medicine and the Gerald S. Berenson Chair in...
Tulane chapter of aerospace medicine students and residents tours NASA Michoud - Jan 16, 2023
Students who graduate from Tulane University School of Medicine go on to help people around the globe. Their reach could expand well beyond Earth’s surface one day. The need is growing for physicians and researchers in the air and space with endeavors such as NASA’s moon quest and the advent of space tourism, and Tulane is now home to a chapter of the Aerospace Medicine Student and Resident Organization (AMSRO). Tulane AMSRO members recently...
Bennetta Horne, Assistant Dean for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion - Jan 10, 2023
Name: Bennetta Horne, PhD Title: Assistant Dean for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, and Director, Office of Multicultural Affairs Where you’ll find her: School of Medicine Years at Tulane: 19 “I am pretty much ‘med school mama,’” said Bennetta Horne, the School of Medicine’s Assistant Dean for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. Horne is known as the go-to contact for underrepresented students in medicine — but she also advocates for residents,...
Tulane to study how oral health affects HIV severity and treatment - Jan 09, 2023
Gum disease and tooth decay plague most people at some point and are often associated with aging or poor health. But for those living with HIV, these common issues could cause more severe problems and even impact the effectiveness of treatments to keep the virus at bay.  Tulane University researchers received a $1.9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to investigate the interplay between oral health, the severity of HIV...
Easy-to-build lab web page templates debut at SoM - Jan 06, 2023
The dozens of clinical and basic science laboratories at the Tulane University School of Medicine are places where researchers and learners collaborate, discover, and inspire. But science needs an effective communication tool to be able to share scientific advances, recruit students and lab staff, and inform potential new collaborators about a lab’s expertise. Now each SoM lab can share its projects with people around the world with the debut of...
Partnership between the Criminal Justice Clinic and Tulane psychiatrists helps students and clients - Jan 06, 2023
Estimates suggest that at least 25 percent of people in jail suffer from serious mental illness, and understanding how to recognize and address the issue in court is an important skill for lawyers and judges working in the criminal legal system. Ensuring that Tulane Law students are learning this skill was the genesis of a longstanding partnership between the Criminal Justice Clinic and the Tulane School of Medicine’s Psychiatry...
LCMC Health and Tulane University finalize partnership - Jan 03, 2023
LCMC Health and Tulane University today announced that the organizations have finalized their partnership, following approval from the Louisiana Department of Justice. Through this partnership, Tulane Medical Center, Lakeview Regional Medical Center and Tulane Lakeside Hospital will join LCMC Health. This partnership brings wide-ranging benefits to New Orleans and Southeast Louisiana by expanding access to comprehensive and specialty care,...
Inside Tulane Med: 2022 Year in Review - Dec 22, 2022
Inside Tulane Med is a weekly newsletter filled with stories around the School of Medicine, events of the week, job postings and more. Here are some of the highlights from 2022. And subscribe to the newsletter to keep up to date in 2023!
Tulane medical students in the military all match into residency programs - Dec 22, 2022
There are eight military officers in the graduating class at Tulane University School of Medicine, and these students have something extra to celebrate this holiday season:  All of them matched into their first or second choice categorical residency programs, resulting in a 100% success rate!   The Uniformed Services do not report match statistics like the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) does.  However, like the NRMP,...
Southern Surgical Association Honors Tulane Doctor Juan Duchesne - Dec 21, 2022
The Southern Surgical Association is one of the oldest surgical societies in the country. The association established the Shipley Award in 1957 to honor the best scientific paper presentation by a new member. Juan C. Duchesne, MD, Professor of Surgery and Chief of Trauma, Acute Care & Critical Care Surgery, was awarded the 2021 Shipley Award from the Southern Surgical Association for the paper State Gun Law Grades and Impact on Mass Shooting...
Psychiatrist Ashley Weiss testifies before Senate subcommittee on youth mental health - Dec 15, 2022
A psychotic episode can be the first symptom of a serious mental health problem, but the time between that first episode and when a patient finally gets care is often more than a year. Successful treatment can put a young person back on the path to a full life. Without care, the consequences to someone’s mental and physical health can be devastating. Ashley Weiss, DO, MPH, assistant professor of psychiatry at Tulane University School of Medicine...
Study finds why immunotherapies don’t work on hardest-to-treat breast cancers - Dec 15, 2022
Thanks to advances in cancer therapies, most forms of breast cancer are highly treatable, especially when caught early. But the last frontier cases — those that can’t be treated with hormone or targeted therapies and don’t respond to chemotherapy — remain the deadliest and hardest to treat. Tulane University researchers have discovered for the first time how these cancers persist after chemo and why they don’t respond well to immunotherapies...