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Mary Beth Alvarez, MD
Tulane Internal Medicine/Psychiatry Program Director
Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry

Dr. Alvarez joined the faculty as Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Medicine at Tulane School of Medicine in 2009.  After getting her BA in Religion from Swarthmore College, she concurrently pursued her MD and Masters in Public Health at Tulane, concentrating on International Health.  She completed her postgraduate training in combined Internal Medicine/Psychiatry at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, where she served as Chief Resident.  She has previously worked at NOELA Community Health Center, a joint project of Tulane and Mary Queen of Vietnam Community Development Corporation; NOELA serves as a medical home for the Vietnamese and Central American immigrant communities of New Orleans East.  She currently works at Mercy Family Center's West Bank location, seeing teens and adults as part of their comprehensive behavioral health services and outreach programs.   She attends at the combined Med/Psych clinic of the former Charity Hospital, now housed in a converted Lord and Taylor department store.  She also attends at the weekly combined Med/Psych clinic at Ruth Fertel, a federally qualified health center. She also consults at Bridge House, a long-term addiction treatment program.  In 2013, she started staffing the Tulane service of general adult inpatient psychiatry at LSU Interim Hospital's Behavioral Health Unit.  She is in the process of helping create a Med/Psych inpatient unit at the new University Medical Center downtown.  Her most important work, though growing and strengthening Tulane's Med/Psych program as its Program Director.  Her research interests include developing integrated care models for chronic diseases and behavioral treatments for medically unexplained symptoms.

Dr. Wiese

Jeffrey G. Wiese, MD, FACP
Tulane Internal Medicine Program Director
Associate Chair, Department of Medicine
Professor of Medicine
Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education

Dr. Wiese attended Johns Hopkins School of Medicine where he received his medical degree in 1995.  He completed his residency in internal medicine, chief residency and a medical education fellowship at the University of California at San Francisco. He has been on faculty at Tulane since 2000.

Dr. Wiese devotes his time to teaching and educational research, some of which incorporates evolving technologies in clinical reasoning and patient safety. Dr. Wiese has won over 50 teaching awards. He was named the University of California San Francisco’s Professor of the Year in 2000 and Tulane’s Attending of the Year in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2007. He was the recipient of The Society of Hospital Medicine’ Education Award in 2005, the ACGME’ Parker Palmer Courage to Teach Award in 2006, the AAMC’s Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teacher Award in 2006, and the ACP’s Walter J. McDonald Award in 2007.


Gale Pletsch

Gayle Pletsch, MD
Tulane Psychiatry Program Director

Dr. Pletsch completed her Psychiatry resident at Tulane School of Medicine and she served as chief resident of the Psychiatry program. During her residency, she received numerous awards including Award for Residents by the Southern Psychiatric Association and the Gonzalez Award by the Robert Heath Society. She has published numerous papers and case reports. She began her appointment as Tulane’s Psychiatry program director in 2014 with enthusiasm and numerous ideas for advancing the program. She also helps supervise third and fourth year residents in VA outpatient clinics.


Our Med-Psych Faculty

Brad McConville

 J. Brad McConville, MD
Clinical Instructor of Internal Medicine and Psychiatry

Education: MD, University of Iowa School of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa
Residency: Internal Medicine and Psychiatry, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana
Fellowship: Forensic Psychiatry, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana
Med-Psych Interests: Consultation-Liaison, Inpatient Med-Psych, Forensic Psychiatry, Psychosomatic Consultation
Hobbies: College sports, traveling, time with my kids
Favorite thing about living in New Orleans: Unique and fascinating culture, cuisine, architecture and laid-back lifestyle. I am also a fan of crawfish, short commute times and excellent weather!
My favorite thing about the Tulane program: Patients and (Psycho)Pathology. Our patients represent primarily the underserved people of New Orleans. There is a great quantity and variety of patients with severe medical and psychiatric illness from which to get the most out of your training. Both departments are strong and have excellent residency programs and opportunities for personal and professional growth.



L. Lee Tynes, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Psychiatry

Dr. Tynes received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from LSU in Baton Rouge, LA and completed a psychology internship and fellowship at McLean Hospital in Boston. He then earned his medical degree from LSU Medical School and completed a combined residency in Internal Medicine and Psychiatry at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans.  Currently, Dr Tynes is the Director for Medical Education for Psychiatry at Our Lady of the Lakes and is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry as well as a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at Tulane.  He has published over 30 papers, abstracts, and book chapters dealing with an array of topics related to both internal medicine and psychiatry.  He teaches a year-long writing seminar to Psychiatry residents to teach them how to write journal articles and successfully get published.  He is a Fellow in the American College of Physicians, the American College of Psychiatrists, the American Psychiatric Association, and in the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine.  



John J Hutchings, MD
LSU Assistant Clinical Professor of Clinical Medicine

Dr. Hutchings is Assistant Clinical Professor of Clinical Medicine at LSU School of Medicine. He completed medical school at Medical University of South Carolina and then residency in Internal Medicine/Psychiatry at Tulane. He also completed a fellowship in gastroenterology at Tulane University Health Sciences Center. While in his fellowship program, he also served as Clinical Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry.  Dr. Hutchings practices primarily at LSU Interim Public Hospital where he serves as the director of medical endoscopy. In addition, he maintains a psychiatric practice with the New Orleans Musician's Clinic and helps train psychiatric residents in his functional GI clinic. Internal Medicine/Psychiatry residents interact with him at LSU Interim Public Hospital Medicine wards and can work with him on the GI service.

Donisha Dunn

Donisha Dunn, MD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine in Internal Medicine and Psychiatry

Dr. Donisha Dunn is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine in Internal Medicine and Psychiatry at Tulane University Medical Center School of Medicine. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Louisiana State University where she studied Zoology, Chemistry, and Sociology. Dr. Dunn matriculated to Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center where she received her Medical Doctorate. She went on to Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois as a resident and Chief Resident in Internal Medicine and Psychiatry. In 2008, following residency she returned to New Orleans and joined the Tulane University Health Sciences Center.

Dr. Dunn has directed Mental Health programming at Ruth U Fertel Tulane University Community Health Center (TUCHC) from 2008-2013, which is an NCQA tier 3 Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH). In this capacity she has worked to fully integrate mental health into the primary care setting and implement quality improvement for depression care using a collaborative care team model. She has also worked to incorporate the Combined Internal Medicine and Psychiatry Resident clinic into the PCMH. She is active clinically as a primary care provider, a psychiatric consultant to primary care providers, supervises Internal Medicine Primary Track Residents as well as Combined Internal Medicine/Psychiatry residents in the outpatient setting. She also sees adult patients for acute and psychiatric at St Anna’s Mobile Medical Mission.

Erik Whitfield

Erik Whitfield, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Dr. Whitfield earned his medical degree from Pritzker School of Medicine, University of Chicago.  He then completed a combined residency in Internal Medicine and Psychiatry at Tulane University.  He has served as an instructor at the New Orleans-Birmingham Psychoanalytic Institute in New Orleans.  He previously worked for Charity Hospital in New Orleans and was the Director of the Mental Health Primary Clinic at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in New Orleans.  Currently, he is the Medical Director of Psychiatry for St. Charles Parish Hospital.


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