Board of International Directors

J. Patrick O'Leary , MD, FACS
Executive Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs 
and Assistant VP for Strategic Development, 

FIU College of Medicine

Dr. O'Leary is responsible for the development of the clinical faculty and practice sites for the fledgling FIU College of Medicine. Dr. O'Leary has written more than 200 peer-reviewed scientific publications and is the author of four editions of the Physiologic Basis of Surgery Textbook . He is an authority in the field of surgical gastroenterology.
He comes to FIU from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, where he had been the Isidore Cohn Jr., M.D., Professor and Chairman of the Department of Surgery at LSU Medical Center since 1989. He is a former associate dean of Clinical Affairs and former interim dean of LSU Health Sciences Center. He remains Emeritus Professor and Emeritus Chairman of the Department of Surgery. From 1984-1989 he was Seeger Professor of Surgery at Baylor University Medical Center, in Dallas, Texas.

A graduate of the University of Florida College of Medicine, Dr. O'Leary completed his residency in General Surgery at Shands Teaching Hospital at UF. He has earned nearly a dozen teaching awards from the students and faculty of the University of Florida, Vanderbilt University and LSU School of Medicine. He is active in a number of regional and national professional organizations. He has held several leadership positions with the National Board of Medical Examiners, has served as the president of the Southeastern Surgical Congress, the Association of Program Directors of Surgery and as the first vice president of the Southern Surgical Association. Most recently he has been Chairman of the Board of Governors and the first vice president of the American College of Surgeons.

Patricia E. Molina, MD, PHD Richard Ashman, PhD Professor and Head Department of Physiology
Director Alcohol and Drug Abuse Center of Excellence
Lousiana State University at New Orleans

DEGREES: MD - 1986
Universidad Francisco Marroquin

PhD - 1990
Louisiana State University Medical Center

Biography: Dr. Molina completed her MD training at the Universidad Francisco Marroquin in Guatemala, Central America. Thereafter, she pursued a PhD in Physiology at LSUHSC under the mentorship of Dr. John J. Spitzer, presenting her dissertation on “Ethanol-endotoxin interaction with carbohydrate metabolism”. Her postdoctoral experience at Vanderbilt University was supported by a NIGMS Minority Supplement Grant under the mentorship of Dr. Naji N. Abumrad. She progressed through the academic ranks initially as an Assistant Professor of Surgery and Physiology at the State University of New York, Stony Brook and subsequently as Director of Surgical Research at North Shore University Hospital. During that period, she held a Guest Scientist appointment at Brookhaven National Laboratory prior to joining the Department of Physiology at LSUHSC as an Associate Professor. Since becoming a faculty member at LSUHSC, Dr. Molina has obtained tenure and promotion to the rank of Professor and more recently to the Richard Ashman, PhD Professor in Physiology. Dr. Molina’s research has been funded continuously since completing her PhD degree. She has mentored several undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral trainees. Dr. Molina is a member of the faculty of the School of Graduate Studies, the Graduate Education Committee in Physiology, The Graduate Advisory Council, and is a mentor for the LSUHSC Interdisciplinary Graduate Program. Dr. Molina is an active member of several committees within the LSUHSC and is also actively involved in the Scientific Community outside the institution. Currently, she is the Vice-Chair for the National Hispanic Science Network on Drug Abuse, and Chair of the American Physiological Society Porter Development Committee. In addition, she serves a Councilor at Large for the Hispanic American Medical Association of Louisiana.

Research in her laboratory focuses on the impact of alcohol and drug abuse on the cardiovascular, metabolic and immune consequences of acute traumatic injury and hemorrhagic shock. In addition, work in her laboratory also investigates the interaction of alcohol and drug abuse on the behavioral, metabolic, and immune consequences of HIV/AIDS. Currently, work in her laboratory is funded by NIAAA, NIDA, DOD, and the Board of Regents of Louisiana.

Teaching Activities: 
Dr. Molina teaches the Endocrine Block in Medical Physiology (Spring semester) and in the Biological Systems Graduate Course (Spring semester).

She is course director for Medical Spanish Elective (Spring semester), Perspectives in Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research (Spring and Fall semesters), and Graduate Endocrine Physiology (alternating Fall semesters)

Research Interests:
Impact of chronic alcohol consumption on the progression of AIDS-associated muscle wasting
Impact of alcohol abuse on the metabolic and pro-inflammatory counteregulatory responses to shock and trauma
Understanding the neuro-endocrine mechanisms that regulate peripheral metabolic and inflammatory responses to hemorrhagic shock and trauma

Juan C. Duchesne MD, FACS, FCCP, FCCM
Professor of Surgery
Section Chief of Trauma Critical Care
TICU Medical Director
Tulane University School of Medicine 
New Orleans.
Dr. Juan C. Duchesne joined the full-time faculty in March of 2017 as a Professor of Surgery at Tulane University School of Medicine. Prior to recently joining the full-time faculty at Tulane, Dr. Duchesne was a Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery at Tulane, the Graduate Medical Education Director and Medical Director of the Shock Trauma Program at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond, Louisiana. He joined North Oaks Medical Center in June of 2013 and has been on Tulane's Department of Surgery faculty since December 2006.  

Degree: M.D., Ponce School of Medicine, Ponce, Puerto Rico, 1999

Residency: Louisiana State University Health Science Center, New Orleans, LA, 2004

Fellowship: Critical Care Surgery Fellowship, Louisiana State University Health Science Center, New Orleans,

LA, 2005

Certification: American Board of Surgery, 2005

Critical Care Surgery, 2005

Society Memberships

American College of Surgeons ATLS: Program Director         

Louisiana State Medical School Faculty

American College of Surgeons, Fellow

College Chest Physicians, Fellow

Critical Care Medicine, Fellow

Pan-American Trauma Society, Member

Louisiana Association of Surgery, Member

American Association for Surgical Trauma, Member

Eastern Association Surgical Trauma, Member 

Gulf Atlantic Disaster Coalition, Member

The American Trauma Society, Member

Southeastern Surgical Society, Member

The Society of Critical Care Medicine, Member

World Society on Abdominal Compartment Syndrome, Member

Louisiana Rives Surgical Society, Member

American Medical Association, Member

Puerto Rico Medical Association, Member

Interests:Trauma, Critical Care, Sepsis, Lung Ventilation, Abdominal Compartment Syndrome, Trauma

Systems, Trauma Tele-comunications, Damage Control Resuscitation, Damage Control Surgery,

Hyperbaric Hemorrhagic Resuscitation

Following his fellowship in 2005, Dr. Duchesne was an Assistant Professor of

Surgery in the Department of Surgery/Trauma/Critical Care at The University of Mississippi

Medical Center, Jackson, Mississippi. There he received the Outstanding Clinical Research

Achievement Award.

Dr. Duchesne has presented his research results at many national trauma and

critical care surgical conferences as well as being well-published


Armando Sardi, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Surgical OncologyDirector, The Institute for Cancer Care at Mercy.
Chief of Division of Surgical Oncology at Mercy Medical Center in Downtown Baltimore, Maryland.
 BACKGROUND: Dr. Sardi is a surgical oncologist with a special interest in the treatment of intra-abdominal malignancies.
Dr. Sardi earned his M.D. in his native South America at the Universidad del Valle in Colombia. After graduation, he completed a one-year internship in Colombia and then moved on to a second internship at South Baltimore General Hospital. Thereafter, he enrolled in and completed residency programs at South Baltimore General and St. Agnes HealthCare.
Dr. Sardi completed his training as a fellow in oncologic surgery at The Ohio State University.
Dr. Sardi practiced as a surgical oncologist at the Ochsner Clinic in New Orleans, and was the founding Chief of Surgical Oncology at Health Care International in Glasgow. In 1994, he was named Chief of Surgical Oncology at St. Agnes Hospital in Baltimore and was later appointed Medical Director of the Clinical Research Center.
Dr. Sardi joined Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore City in February 2006.
MISCELLANEOUS: Dr. Sardi one of the select few surgical oncologists in the world who employs leading edge procedures such as IPHC (Intraperitoneal Hyperthermic Chemotherapy) to treat advanced stages of abdominal cancers.
IPHC is an aggressive surgical treatment reserved for patients with peritoneal surface malignancies. The procedure, which can take up to 15 hours to perform, combines the extensive removal of cancerous tumors with a highly concentrated dose of heated chemotherapy applied directly to the peritoneal cavity.

Alfonso Vargas, MD
Professor of Pediatrics
Division of Endocrinology
Vice-Chairman of Education and International Affairs
The Leslie Lewinter-Suskind
and Robert Suskind Professor
for International Collaboration in Pediatrics
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - School of Medicine
Department of Pediatrics
Children's Hospital New Orleans

Alfonso Vargas del Valle nació en Bogotá, DC, y se graduó de la Facultad de Medicina de la Universidad Nacional de Colombia, donde su padre el Profesor Alfonso Vargas Rubiano fue Decano y es Profesor Honorario de Pediatría. Cursó estudios de post-grado en Pediatría dirigido por el Profesor Lewis A. Barness; y de Endocrinología Pediátrica y Diabetes con los Profesores Allen W. Root, Edward O. Reiter y John I. Malone, en la Universidad de South Florida en Tampa y St. Petersburg. Fue Profesor Asistente allí mismo. En 1985 asumió la Jefatura de la Unidad de Endocrinología Pediátrica del Hospital de La Misericordia y la Universidad Nacional de Colombia en Bogotá. En 1987 fue socio fundador de la Sociedad Latinoamericana de Endocrinología Pediátrica-SLEP. Desde 1988 es facultativo del Departamento de Pediatría de la Escuela de Medicina de Louisiana State University en Nueva Orleans, donde actualmente ocupa los cargos de Profesor y Sub-Director del Departamento, a cargo de las Divisiones de Educación y Asuntos Internacionales. Ha recibido varios premios y distinciones por sus contribuciones en educación entre ellos el de “Humanismo en Medicina” y la “Silla Profesoral para Colaboración Internacional en Pediatría”. Como Director del Comité de “International Scholars” de la Lawson Wilkins Pediatric Endocrine Society ha contribuido a que más de cuarenta endocrinólogos pediatras jóvenes clínicos e investigadores de Latinoamérica y de otros países hayan participado en programas de extensión científica y cooperativa con centros académicos en los Estados Unidos de América y en Canadá. Desde el 2002 es miembro y actualmente Sub-Director del “Comité en Niños y Adolescentes” del National Diabetes Education Program-NDEP (,  un esfuerzo conjunto del “National Institute of Health-NIH” y del “Center for Disease Control-CDC”. Pertenece a varios Comités Editoriales. Ha sido “Profesor Invitado” en diez países de Latino-América, en España, en Italia, en Suiza y en Australia. Ha escrito y publicado más de cincuenta trabajos en revistas y libros especializados. Fue Presidente de la Sociedad Médica Hispanoamericana de Louisiana - HAMAL 2007-09 y miembro del Consejo Nacional de la “National Hispanic Medical Association-NHMA” de los Estados Unidos 2007-2010 .

Degrees: MD - 1973
Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogota
Bio: Internship, Hospital "San Pedro Claver-ISS,"
Santa Fe de Bogota, Columbia, 1972
Residency, University of South Florida,
Tampa, 1975-1977
Fellowship, Pediatric Endocrinology,
University of South Florida, Tampa &
All Children's Hospital, St. Petersburg, FL,

Board Certification:
Pediatrics, 1980
Pediatric Endocrinology, 1983
Research Interests: Diabetes
Metabolic bone disease
Growth disorders

 Jorge Eduardo Isaza MD
 The spine institute
 Baton Rouge LA 70810
Dr. Jorge Isaza, an orthopedic surgeon specializing in adult and pediatric treatment and surgery of the spine at The Spine Institute at the Baton Rouge Orthopedic Clinic, is passionate about treating his patients with the most effective and advanced procedures available.
He is extensively involved in the development of new technologies and treatment methods for spinal ailments, including the lumbar and cervical artificial disc, flexible rods and endoscopic discectomy.
Dr. Isaza studied and trained in orthopedic surgery at Tulane University, where he also completed a fellowship in spine surgery and  pediatric orthopedics. He is board certified in spine surgery and belongs
to the Scoliosis Research Society and the North American Spine Society. He is also nationally
and internationally published. A dedicated educator as well, he serves as a clinical assistant professor at Tulane
University and a visiting professor at Dresser University in Philadelphia. Dr. Isaza also finds fulfillment in helping
those less fortunate. He makes frequent trips to his home country of Colombia with fellow doctors and nurses to
volunteer his time at a medical mission his brother-in-law founded, where they treat patients who would otherwise
not be able to afford health care.
The Spine Institute is one of the few spine care treatment centers in the region that offer minimally
invasive spinal procedures. This approach is appealing to many patients because it offers a quick recovery time,
allowing them to return to work and their normal daily activities within a day or two. “The future is geared toward
minimally invasive spine surgeries,” Dr. Isaza says. “The technology is still changing, and The Spine Institute is at
the forefront of developing new tools and procedures.”