Dr. Shields and Dr. Cummings join the ranks of more than 55 scientists, researchers and industry leaders recognized by Ochsner Health over the last three and a half decades. Bestowed annually, this prestigious honor celebrates individuals who have made major contributions regarding the relationship between smoking and disease along with the development of innovative treatment modalities.
As more seasoned nurses depart the workforce, Ochsner Nurse Scholars offers a tangible solution to growing the nursing workforce in Louisiana. Aspiring nurses selected for Ochsner Nurse Scholars will receive tuition to earn their nursing degree in exchange for employment with Ochsner Health following graduation. Over the next five years, the program will serve more than a thousand full-time nursing students in Louisiana.
Genetic counseling and health informatics programs will be offered to students through classroom instruction at Xavier and clinical rotations at Ochsner Health facilities will be offered to genetic counseling students.
Ochsner is one of only 24 clinical investigational sites around the country and the only location from Lafayette, LA to Florida to offer the study. The goal is to enroll up to 100 participants and the Ochsner research team is currently in the selection process.
The study evaluated 312 Ochsner Health cancer patients who tested positive for COVID-19 between March 1 and April 30, 2020 and compared that group’s mortality rates with 4,833 Ochsner Health COVID-19-positive patients without cancer during that same time period.
Led by Ochsner Principal Investigator Dr. Julia Garcia-Diaz, Director of Clinical Infectious Diseases Research and Infectious Disease Specialist, Ochsner will enroll a limited number of randomized participants selected from an existing pool of candidates from across Louisiana who previously expressed interest in COVID-19 research.
This prestigious honor bestowed by Ochsner Health recognizes scientists who have made major contributions regarding the relationship between smoking and disease along with the development of innovative treatment modalities. The award is named in honor of Alton Ochsner, M.D. – co-founder of the Ochsner Clinic (now known as Ochsner Health).