After conducting a national search, the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
School of Medicine, New Orleans, has named Steve Nelson as dean, effective immediately.
Larry Hollier, who had been named dean in January 2004, was appointed chancellor in
November 2005 and chose to remain dean in the months after Hurricane Katrina. Later,
Hollier appointed a committee to conduct a search for his successor.
A graduate of the State University of New York at Stony Brook, Nelson, 54 , earned his
medical degree at McGill University in Montreal and later completed his residency at Johns
Hopkins Hospital. He joined the LSU Health Sciences Center faculty in 1984 and became
professor of medicine 10 years later. His experience at LSU also includes serving as vice
chairman of research in the department of medicine and chief of the pulmonary medicine
section in 2005.
Last year, Nelson was appointed program director of the Tulane/LSUHSC General Clinical
Research Center at University Hospital. As dean of the school of medicine, he will oversee
the education and training of about 700 medical students and 500 residents. LSU Health
Sciences Center has an operating budget of about $150 million and educates about 70% of
the physicians practicing in Louisiana, the system said in a news release about Nelsons
appointment. -- by Jessica Zigmond