LSUHSC and Ochsner Join Forces in Cancer Education, Research and Treatment

Added on Apr 30, 2008 | Filed Under: General News

NEW ORLEANS - LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans and Ochsner Health System are joining forces to better provide for the treatment of cancer patients in greater New Orleans, now and in the future. Dr. Steve Nelson, Dean of the School of Medicine at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans, has appointed Dr. John Cole as Acting Chief of the Section of Hematology/Oncology in the Department of Medicine chaired by Dr. Charles Sanders. The appointment is effective May 1, 2008. A 1981 graduate of the LSUHSC School of Medicine, Dr. Cole will also continue to serve as Section Head of Hematology/Oncology at Ochsner Medical Center. 

Dr. Cole will lead the clinical component of a new joint oncology program, which will also include cancer care at the LSU Interim Hospital. Dr. Augusto Ochoa, Director of the Stanley S. Scott Cancer Center at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans, will lead the research component.

The partnership combines LSU Health Sciences Center's strengths in medical education and cancer research with Ochsner Health System's strengths in clinical cancer care. It will provide advanced prevention and treatment, develop novel clinical trials and new therapies, and educate clinical oncologists for the State of Louisiana.

"LSU Health Sciences Center and Ochsner have a long tradition of collaboration," notes Dr. Larry Hollier, Chancellor of LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans. "Building upon that tradition, the new program will not only help save Louisiana lives, but leverage scarce human and financial resources to more quickly rebuild our training programs and Louisiana's supply of oncologists."

"This partnership is a model of collaboration between the private, non-profit sector and public sector and draws upon the strengths of each institution to provide the best possible care for cancer patients. In the post-Katrina environment in New Orleans, working together is a priority when it comes to providing, excellent patient care closer to home," said Dr. John Cole. "Cancer patients in New Orleans can have cutting-edge treatments right in their own neighborhood." 

"The combination of the clinical and basic research strengths of Ochsner and LSU will provide a unique environment to move research rapidly from the laboratory into new treatments for cancer," said Dr. Augusto Ochoa. "This is the current emphasis at the National Institutes of Health and should strengthen our ability to compete for federal research grants."

"As we continue to rebuild our region, we're committed to delivering the most advanced, quality health care to our patients; and we're excited about this partnership as it puts the community and patients first," says Warner Thomas, President and COO for Ochsner Health System.

LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans educates the majority of Louisiana's health care professionals.  Louisiana's academic health leader, LSUHSC comprises a School of Medicine, the state's only School of Dentistry, Louisiana's only public School of Public Health, and Schools of Allied Health Professions, Nursing, and Graduate Studies. LSUHSC faculty take care of patients in public and private hospitals and clinics in many Louisiana communities. In the vanguard of biosciences research in a worldwide arena, the robust research enterprise at LSUHSC generates lifesaving discoveries, highly desirable jobs and an enormous annual economic impact. LSUHSC outreach programs bring services and support to people in the region, markedly improving the quality of life.

Ochsner Health System ( is a non-profit, academic, multi-specialty, healthcare delivery system dedicated to patient care, research and education. The system includes seven hospitals and over 35 health centers located throughout Southeast Louisiana.  Ochsner employs over 600 physicians in 80 medical specialties and subspecialties and 450 clinical research trials annually.  Ochsner was ranked one of the "Best Places to Work" by New Orleans CityBusiness in 2005, 2006 and 2007 and received the Consumer Choice for Healthcare in New Orleans for 12 consecutive years.  Ochsner was ranked as "Best" Hospital by U.S. News and World Report in July 2007.  Ochsner has over 10,000 employees system-wide.

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