LSU professor elected to lead psychiatry board

Ann Tilton, professor of neurology and pediatrics and section chairwoman of child neurology at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine, has been elected chairwoman of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She will serve a one-year term.

The board is a nonprofit corporation that provides procedures for certification in psychiatry and neurology. Board certification for physicians is a voluntary process. Unlike a license to practice medicine, which sets minimum competency requirements to diagnose and treat patients, certification demonstrates a physician’s expertise in a particular specialty.

As a member of the LSU Health New Orleans faculty, Tilton also serves as director of the Rehabilitation Center at Children’s Hospital of New Orleans and director of the Comprehensive Spasticity Program. She has been on the executive committee of the Professors of Child Neurology and active in the national Child Neurology Society.

Her interest in children with disabilities extends to the American Academy of Pediatrics, where she served on the National Council for Children with Disabilities. Additionally, she is a certified member of the American Society of Neurorehabilitation and has been active on the executive committee.

General Motors donates car to Delgado program

General Motors has donated a 2015 Chevrolet Cruze for use in the General Motors Automotive Service Education Program at Delgado Community College.

The vehicle was located at Cecil Graves Chevrolet-GMC Truck in St. Francisville.

This is not the first time the dealership has assisted in this way, said William Gray, assistant professor and a General Motors World Class Technician in the Delgado Motor Vehicle Technology Program.

“Gerry Lane Enterprises has always been and continues to be a major supporter of automotive education here at Delgado, and we thank them for their continued support,” Gray said, adding that GM donates three or four new vehicles to Delgado every year.

The value of a new Chevrolet Cruze is between $16,000 and $26,000.

“New cars are vital to maintaining an up-to-date education program here at Delgado,” Gray said.

LSU students named Schweitzer fellows

Five LSU Health New Orleans students have been named to the 2015-16 class of Albert Schweitzer fellows. They will spend the next year on service projects that address social factors affecting health, partnering with local community-based organizations to help underserved people.

Kanayo Okeke-Eweni, a student in the health policy and systems management master’s degree program at the LSU Health New Orleans School of Public Health, is addressing disparities associated with increased risk of cardio-metabolic disorders among minorities in New Orleans. He is collaborating with NO/AIDS (Crescent Care) and establishing the “Lifestyle to Health Program.”

Hunter Hopkins and Samantha Karlin, second-year students at the LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine, are addressing the health care of women and children who live below the poverty line. They are trying to make health care more accessible by providing educational programs and student-run medical clinics for women and children at the New Orleans Women’s Shelter.

Angelica Singh and Joann Tran, third-year students at the LSU Health New Orleans School of Dentistry, will work to increase oral health awareness and give services to those who have limited access to dental care. They will host educational interventions, oral hygiene demonstrations and limited oral exams at the St. Jude Community Center.

They join approximately 220 additional Schweitzer fellows this year at program sites throughout the U.S. and at Lambaréné, Gabon, the site of the Albert Schweitzer Hospital, founded in 1913. After completing their first year of service, they will become Schweitzer fellows for life.