PBS/LPB - Dr. John Vanchiere, chief of the division of pediatric infectious diseases at LSUHS, joins Amna Nawaz to explain the increase in the number of babies born with syphilis in the U.S. and what can be done.
Our division of Infectious Disease plays a vital role in the Department of Medicine at LSU Health Shreveport and in our community. Our goal is to attract students to the medical field of treatment and prevention of infectious disease, to improve treatment in our local community and surrounding area through an increase in well-trained staff and physicians, and to provide enhanced care with improved facilities. We play a proactive role in our region of Northwest Louisiana through interface with community and emergency preparedness officials for necessary support and planning for infectious disease awareness and prevention. Our faculty and fellows service three area clinics treating Hepatitis C, Viral Disease and General Infection Disease. We also work with our medical facilities and hospital partners to construct an institution of care by providing them with input on infection control and appropriate use of anti-microbial agents to reduce infectious disease overall.
We offer a Two-year ACGME accredited fellowship program in Infection Disease with Three total fellows. All Infectious Disease Faculty physicians are board certified and active in teaching. Fellows see inpatients at Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport and Overton Brooks VA Medical Center, and outpatients at the three clinics below.
7.2 million people visited physician offices
with infectious and parasitic diseases as the primary diagnosis in 2018.
(Report by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.)
HEPATITIS C CLINIC
Our Hepatitis C Clinic is located in the Ambulatory Care Center of Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport Academic Medical Center. We have expanded our staff to provide for the increase of patients with infections seeking treatment at our clinic. We currently provide treatment for more than 5,000 patients in North Louisiana. Our faculty is also taking part in a statewide effort to respond to this increase in infections.
VIRAL DISEASE CLINIC
Our Viral Disease Clinic is located at 6670 St Vincent Ave, Shreveport, LA 71106. We currently provide treatment to 850 patients with HIV. Through the extensive amount of diseases being treated through this facility, research in a variety of areas is able to be done including Dr. Nambiar's studies on syphilis in pregnancy and pre-exposure therapy for HIV discordant couples.
GENERAL ID CLINIC
Our General Infectious Disease Clinic is located in the Ambulatory Care Center Medicine-Specialty Clinic of Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport Academic Medical Center. Through this clinic we are growing our research in bone infections, heart infections, fevers, and post-operative infections, among other areas of treatment. Due to the vast number of patients who need treatment throughout our region, our goal is to include Telemedicine in the near future as a regular part of our program.
LSU Health Shreveport
1501 Kings Highway
Shreveport, LA 71130-3932
Phone: (318) 675-5900
Louisiana State University Health Shreveport (LSUHS) strives to cultivate a diverse and inclusive culture that supports equity, acceptance, and respect for the differences in others. The institution is committed to achieving excellence in fulfilling its mission by utilizing the rich talents of individuals who contribute different backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences to the work and learning environment and who reflect the varied populations of Louisiana. As such, the institution adopts a definition of diversity that embraces a broad spectrum of human expression and characteristics that include but are not limited to race, ethnicity, gender/gender identity, social and cultural attributes, abilities, sexual orientation, religion, rural or metropolitan background, military or veteran status, and age. In addition, diversity also includes life experiences, record of service, and other talents and personal attributes that enhance the work and learning atmosphere. LSUHS is dedicated to building an inclusive and diverse community through the recruitment, enrollment, hiring, and retention/graduation of students, faculty, staff, and leadership who meet this definition of diversity.