charity-grill“Since 1973, the LSU Emergency Medicine Residency Program has made it its mission to care for every person, every time – no matter the place, circumstance, or ailment.
LSU EM has been a staple in the New Orleans community for decades, training generations of Emergency Physicians in medicine, patient advocacy, and community relations with a strong emphasis on providing care for the city’s most vulnerable populations. Standing on the shoulders of giants in the field of Emergency Medicine and its various sub-specialties, we residents learn to provide the very best in cutting-edge and evidence-based emergency care to a population that is deserving of nothing less. There is an old sentiment among many New Orleanians: “Run, walk or crawl; if I’m sick, I’m going to get to Charity’s ER!” While the name and physical location have changed multiple times throughout the years and our newest address is filled with bright lights that can be seen from miles away, the Spirit of Charity runs deep and hasn’t wavered. Much like the faculty and residents of years past who brought superb emergency care to the citizens of New Orleans despite low-resource conditions, various mass casualty incidents, and both natural and man-made disasters, we continue to forge ahead in our current healthcare environment and look forward to many more years of excellence in emergency patient care, education, and research.”
Josh Sherman, M.D. Chief Resident, Class of 2017

EM Class of 2022

Danielle_CanterDanielle Canter

George Washington Univ. Hometown: Brooklyn, Michigan

Trauma Bay Theme Song: Eye of the Tiger

Hobbies/Interests: Yoga! Working out! Fooodddddd

Emma_CassidyEmma Cassidy

Univ. of Florida. Hometown: Broward County, Florida

Desired super power? Never sleeping

Most interesting job? Social worker at youth crisis center

Hobbies/interests? Anything outside that includes swimming and/or riding a bicycle!

Larick_DavidLarick David

Georgetown Univ. Hometown: Orlando, FL

Best music in NOLA? Ace Hotel or Frenchman St.

Must-do in NOLA? Cafe DuMonde, Cafe DuMonde, Cafe DuMonde – in that order. Then find a Second Line and join in. Did I mention Cafe DuMonde is open 24 hours?

Desired super power? To bake cakes like Dr. Sundip Jagpal. That’d be impossible, so telepathy.

Keirsten_Dawson Keirsten Dawson

Florida State Univ. Hometown: Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Best music in NOLA: Rebirth Brass Band

Must do in NOLA: Poboy’s from Parkway, riding the Streetcar down St. Charles, exploring the French Quarter

Hobbies/Interests: sports, shopping, Netflix, traveling, fashion blogs, interior design, trying new restaurants

Ronald_FentonRonald Fenton

Rocky Vista Univ. Hometown: Great Falls, MT

Best Food in NOLA: Crawfish or Redfish

Most Interesting Job: Undersea/Diving Medical Officer

Trauma Bay Theme Song: “Five Finger Death Punch” by Jekyll and Hyde

Ben_FlitterBen Flitter

Univ of Colorado. Hometown: Denver, Colorado

Must-do in NOLA? Catch one of the ~130 festivals a year in the city and do some fantastic people watching

Trauma Bay theme song? “Jump Around” by House of Pain

Favorite Chief Complaint? “I need my toenails filed” (at midnight)

Sam_GanierSam Ganier

LSU – New Orleans. Hometown: Houma, LA

Best food: Felix’s raw oysters

Trauma bay theme song: Young Joc- It’s going down.

Joe_GannettJoe Gannett

Rowan Univ. Hometown: Seattle, WA

Must-do in NOLA? Swamp tour, Breweries on Tchoupitoulas, The Dungeon

Trauma Bay Theme Song? “Hard in Da Paint”- Waka Flocka Flame

Hobbies/interests? Golf, running, weightlifting, crockpotting and anki

Sundip_Jagpal Sundip Jagpal

Univ of California-Davis. Hometown: Yuba City, CA
Must-do in NOLA: Enjoy beignets with friends/family

Desired super-power: healing ability…is that cheating?

Hobbies: running, hiking, baking

Ray_KesslerRay Kessler

Tulane Univ. Hometown: Bethesda, MD

Best food in NOLA? That’s a loaded question…. Upperline

Trauma Bay theme song? Semi-Charmed Life, Third Eye Blind

Hobbies/interests? Kayaking, Bouldering, Hiking, Cooking (but lets be real, mostly eating out)

Beau_SaccocciaBeau Saccoccia

Tulane Univ. Hometown: Pass Christian, MS

Best food in NOLA? Lucky dog Hot Dogs

Trauma Bay theme song? Azealia Banks (212)

Marian_Sackey Marian Sackey

Howard Univ. Hometown: Prince George’s County, Maryland. *Flips hair*
Most Interesting Job: I blew up inflatable indoor playground machines for private parties and then served them pizza afterwards

Super Power: Definitely to fly

Trauma Bay Theme Song: Beyonce “Formation” or any trap song

Josh_TiaoJoshua Tiao

Univ of Southern California. Hometown: Cincinnati, OH (I bleed Bengal blood, which means I’m always bleeding)

Trauma Bay Song: El Sonidito

Desired Superpower: To be able to put up 51-8-8 in Game 1 of the NBA finals (aka be God)

EM Class of 2021

Braxton2Katherine Braxton

University of South Carolina

Desired Superpower? Time travel

Hobbies? Golf, tennis, and hiking

Most interesting job? Working at the PGA Championship

busackBethany Busack

Why NOLA? – , I loved the people and got all the warm fuzzies, also the emphasis the program places on public health and community involvement

Desired superpower? – breathing underwater

Hobbies – Travel and wildlife photography, yoga, anything in water or snow

cartmillChristopher Cartmill

Why NOLA? – Mardi Gras

Desired Superpower? Flying

Hobbies/interests? Golf, College Basketball

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Alyssa Espinera

Northwestern University

Why NOLA? Love the sunshine and the culture!

Favorite thing to do in NOLA? 25 cent oyster happy hour and touring magazine street

Desired superpower? Ability to be in multiple places at once

Hobbies? Yoga, painting, binge watching TV

Mary Kat KeithMary Keith

Why NOLA? – I fell in love with the people that I met during my time in NOLA as well as the city itself. Mardi Gras, the culture and the food were definitely a large bonus as well!

Desired superpower? – teleportation

Hobbies – the practice of mixology, participating in triathlons and obstacle course races

Most interesting job you’ve had?- working at Build-A-Bear-like store building stuffed animals for little kids.

Peter MartinPeter Martin

Why NOLA? – Fun residents and a big change from my Midwestern home

Desired superpower? – Flying

Hobbies? – Soccer, traveling

Most interesting job? – Spanish-English interpreter in Ayacucho, Peru for health campaigns coming from the United States.

Justin OkonsJustin Okons

Why NOLA? – The combination of festivals, food, culture and love for the Saints made NOLA an easy decision.

Desired superpower? – Time Travel

Most interesting job you’ve had? – Sales rep at Babies R’ Us

Martin PlaucheMartin Plauche

Why NOLA? – I’m biased because it’s my hometown, but there’s nowhere else

like it for food, culture, and fun.

Desired superpower? – Air bending from the Avatar cartoon.

Hobbies – Fishing, ultimate frisbee, hiking, reading, kayaking, beer.

Mark Saigh 2Mark Saigh

Jefferson Medical School

Why NOLA? The culture and the music.

Hobbies – Alpine skiing, hiking, and playing guitar.

Nick SalernoNicholas Salerno

Why NOLA? – It’s the whole package! I love the program, the people, the leadership, the camaraderie, the patients, the culture, and the food!

Desired superpower? – The ability to fly

Most interesting job you’ve had? – Santa

J ThompsonJohn Thompson

Why NOLA? – a unique city with plenty of things to do, places to explore, and interesting people to meet

Desired superpower? – Teleportation, so I could travel the world on my days off

Most interesting job you’ve had? – drove a snow plow in Chicago

Brianna WapplesBrianna Wapples

Desired superpower? – Teleportation I would love to be in NOLA one day and Tokyo the next, and never sit in traffic again.

Hobbies/interests? Backpacking, Foodie

EM Class of 2020

Allan Augillardallan-augillard

University of Rochester

Food in NOLA – Neyow’s Creole Cafe

Hobbies – Building and designing race cars

Coleman_Ashley1Ashley Coleman

Why NOLA? One of the most exciting, unique, and culturally diverse cities in the world

Desired superpower? Lightning speed

Most interesting job? an armadillo lab research assistant

D BradfordDe’Shauris Bradford

Chicago Medical School

Why NOLA? Best Trauma Center in the South!

Desired superpower? Transform into an Autobot

Trauma Bay Theme Song? “Welcome to the Jungle” Guns n Roses

chris-hudsonChristopher Hudson

University of Rochester

Music in NOLA -Tipitina’s

Trauma Bay theme song – Mega Man by Li’l Wayne

Most interesting job – Camp manager is post-earthquake Haiti

manjot-jassalManjot Jassal

Howard University

Hobbies – Work out then go out, meditate, open mics, speak languages besides English

Most interesting job you’ve had? Uber driver

andrew-johnstoneAndrew Johnstone

Mt. Sinai SOM

When in NOLA – Head down Magazine Street

Trauma Bay theme song – “Get Out Da Way” by Ludacris

cj-kwanCJ Kwan

Florida Int’l University

Hobbies – Anything outdoors, playing music, having random adventures

Most interesting job – Street performer while backpacking.

kevin-landefeldKevin Landefeld

Tulane University

Food in NOLA? – Cochon!

Desired superpower? – Fluent in every language

Milani_Elise306Elise Milani

Louisiana State University

Food in NOLA? – St. Roch’s Market

Desired superpower? -Flying, obviously

luis-montoyaLuis Montoya

Boston University

Food in NOLA? – Blind Pelican 25 cent oysters

Trauma Bay theme song? – “Danger Zone” by Kenny Loggins

mark-oquistMark Oquist

Michigan State University

Food in NOLA? Cochon, Jacques-Imo’s, Parasol’s

Music in NOLA? Anywhere on Frenchman!

jennifer-oswaldJennifer Oswald

Tulane University

Food in NOLA? Toups’ Meatery

Trauma Bay theme song – “Alright” by Kendrick Lamar

Most interesting job? – Yoga teacher


Lana Phan

SUNY Upstate

Most interesting job? – Video store clerk

jimmy-roseJames Rose

University of Arkansas

Favorite Chief Complaint? – Dry hands for the last 30 years…at 3 am.

EM/IM Class of 2023

Kyle_HoppensKyle Hoppens

LSU – New Orleans. Hometown: Slidell, LA

Desired super power: Being in 2 places at once

Most interesting job held: Sonic waiter with inline skates

Hobbies: Backpacking, soccer, running, sourdough bread baking, brewing kombucha, roasting coffee, spending time with my baby girl Jenna!

Mai_NguyenMai Nguyen

LSU – New Orleans. Hometown: NOLA East (Versai)

Best food in NOLA? Lola’s for tapas. Domenica’s for happy hour. Pho Michael for pho outside of Versai.

Must-do in NOLA? Aquarium! And walk around outside with your fav drink just because you can.

EM/IM Class of 2022

hickey2Cheryl Hickey

Louisiana State University


Hobbies? SUPing, Biking, yoga, grilling…anything outdoors

Most Interesting Job? Ice Diver in Antartica

HalpinNatalie Halapin

Louisiana State University

Why NOLA? Wide variety of pathology, phenomenal training and food

Favorite thing to do in NOLA? Run with friends…then happy hour

EM/IM Class of 2021

perry-mitchellPerry Mitchell

Louisiana State University

Hobbies? Poetry, Cooking, Working on Classic Cars.


EM/IM Class of 2020

WernerStephen Werner

Ohio University Heritage COM

Why NOLA? The EM/IM program

Hobbies? Climbing, hiking, running

Trauma Bay theme song? “Killin the Vibe” by Ducktails

sarah-griffinSarah Griffin

SUNY Downstate

Hobbies? Looking like Mary Ann Difranco

EM/PED Class of 2023

Natalia Popenko

Chicago Medical School. Hometown: Laguna Beach, CA

Trauma Bay Theme Song? Chelsea Dagger by The Fratellis (Go Blackhawks!)

Desired super power? Ability to speak with animals

Hobbies? Yoga, tennis, painting

EM/PED Class of 2022


Meredith Tremblay

Florida State University

Food in NOLA? Katie’s on Fridays

Favorite Chief Complaint? Dizziness

TsengphotoTseng-Che “Mike” Tseng

St George’s University

Favorite thing to do in NOLA? Eating! Crawfish, crabs, oysters

Desired superpower? Definitely teleportation

Most interesting job? Being a counselor for students in a foreign exchange program

EM/PED Class of 2020

SausenNicholas Sausen

University of Minnesota

Food in NOLA? 1000 Figs and Blue Oak BBQ

When in NOLA…Getting out to see some alligators on a swamp tour

cullen-clarkCullen Clark

University of Louisville

Why NOLA? A wide variety of people and pathology

Food in NOLA? Slim Goodies, Dong Phuong, Part & Parcel

Hobbies? Playing the drums, cooking, training my Australian cattle dog