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What was your previous position and where?I was a senior veterinarian in the cardiology service of the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California at Davis.
What brought you to LSU?During my interview, I felt the department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences would strongly support my goal of developing the cardiology section by offering new treatment modalities and expanding clinical research. I was also excited by the opportunity to collaborate with talented researchers within the School of Veterinary Medicine and all the service centers available to investigators, such as the Microscopy lab and Biommed. Finally, as a French citizen, I was intrigued by the French heritage in Louisiana.
What is your research interest?I am trying to identify new prognostic indicators to stage the severity of cardiovascular diseases and new methods to better monitor response to medical treatment. Specifically, we are looking at biomarkers of cardiac hypertrophy and new echocardiographic measures of cardiac dysfunction.
What do you hope to accomplish at LSU?As a clinician, I want to provide the best care and most advanced treatment options to the pets we see every day at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital. As a professor, I would like to give our DVM students a good understanding of cardiovascular pathophysiology by getting involved in each step of their four-year program at the veterinary school. As a researcher, I hope I can build productive collaborations with the basic scientists to translate benchtop discoveries into new diagnostic tools and treatments for our animal patients.
What do you enjoy most about LSU?The warmth and the friendliness of the people I work with and interacting with students, staff, pet owners and colleagues of diverse cultural backgrounds.
What are your major accomplishments?I hope my major accomplishments are yet to come. I am proud that I have been able to start a clinical program of interventional cardiology, which involves catheter-based treatment of structural heart diseases. Recently, we successfully implanted an internal cardioverter defibrillator in a young German Shepherd dog. This had been done only once before in the United States!