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COMBINED INTERNAL MEDICINE & PSYCHIATRY

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Med-Psych Faculty

OUR DIRECTORS

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 Dr. Alvarez has recently joined the faculty as Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Medicine at Tulane School of Medicine.  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 staffs NOELA Community Health Center, a joint project of Tulane and Mary Queen of Vietnam Community Development Corporation, which serves as a medical home for the Vietnamese and Central American immigrant communities of New Orleans East.  She 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 consults at Bridge House, a long-term addiction treatment program.  She just  started staffing the Tulane service of general adult inpatient psychiatry at LSU Interim Hospital's Behavioral Health Unit.  Her most important work, though is bringing Tulane's Med/Psych program back 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 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 is an Associate Professor and the Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education at the Tulane University Health Sciences Center. He is also Vice-Chairman of Medicine, the Chief of the Charity Medical Service and the Director of the Tulane Internal Medicine Program. He is also the course director for the Clinical Diagnosis, Biostatistics, Advanced Internal Medicine, and Medical Education courses.

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Erik Kinzie, MD attended Oregon Health Sciences University, where he received his medical degree in 2001. He completed his internship and residency training at UNC-Chapel Hill in 2005.

Dr. Kinzie is currently Director of Adult Psychiatry Residency Training, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Staff Physician at Southeast Louisiana State Hospital. His interests are emergency and international cross-cultural psychiatry.


Our Med-Psych Faculty

Donisha Dunn

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

Education
MD, Louisiana State University School of Medicine, New Orleans, Louisiana

Residency

Internal Medicine and Psychiatry, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois

Biography
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.

Clinical Interests
Her interests are in promoting integration of mental and physical health care in primary care settings as well as promoting community engagement in health care planning.

Contact Information
Tulane University Health Sciences Center
School of Medicine
Section of General Internal Medicine & Geriatrics
1430 Tulane Ave. SL-16, New Orleans, LA 70112
504-988-7518 (Office), 504-988-8252 (Fax)
ddunn1@tulane.edu

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John J Hutchings, MD
Undergrad: College of Charleston, BS Biology 1995
Med School: Medical University of South Carolina 2001
Residency Medicine-Psychiatry 2001-2006
Fellowship: GI Tulane 2006-2009
Med-Psych interests: Functional Bowel and interaction of GI disorders and Psychiatry
Hobbies: Family, Travel, Saxophone
Favorite things about living in New Orleans: Music, food, culture
Biggest Strength of the Tulane Program: Prepared me for real world practice of medicine for the entire patient

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.

 

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L. Lee Tynes, MD, PhD,  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 M.D. 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 Psychiarty 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 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.

 

Erik Whitfield

 

Erik Whitfield, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5000 website@tulane.edu