Directors United States 2

Manuel Lopez, MD, FACP
Emeritus Professor
Section of Clinical Immunology, Allergy and Rheumatology
Department of Medicine
Tulane Medical School


Biographical Sketch:
Dr. Lopez earned his medical degree at the Universidad Javeriana, Bogota, Colombia. 

He was the recipient of the John Simmon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship and a Clinical and Research Fellowship at Harvard University, Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. 

Dr. Lopez has been on the faculty of Louisiana State University Medical Center, Tulane Medical School and is currently Emeritus Professor of Medicine working in the Tulane Allergy & Immunology clinic.  He is board certified in Allergy and Immunology and Laboratory Immunology. 

Dr. Lopez is a fellow of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology and the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, a member of the American Association of Immunologists, the International Association of Aerobiology, American Thoracic Society, as well as other national and international associations.


Dr. Lopez has co-authored over 100 articles and abstracts appearing in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Journal of Immunology, International Archives of Allergy and Applied Immunology, Clinical and Experimental Allergy, Environmental Research, Human Immunology, Toxicology Industrial Health and others.  He has been a reviewer for several medical journals and has been a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, and the Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology and currently member of the editorial board of the Journal of Investigative Allergology and Clinical Immunology. 


Dr. Lopez has been a member of several NIH study sections and the Food and Drug Administration advisory committee on allergenic extracts.  Throughout the years he has been involved in teaching, research and patient care.  Dr. Lopez has a very active consultation practice in allergy, occupational hypersensitivity diseases and clinical immunology.  His research has included, among others, the effects of chemicals on the immune system, occupational asthma, hypersensitivity pneumonitis, the role of molds in allergy, effects of environmental tobacco smoke on asthmatics and the evaluation of drug allergies.

Jaime A. Rodriguez, M.D.
College of Medicine
Florida International University

Jaime A. Rodriguez, M.D., F.A.C.S.,  

Associate Professor of Surgery Surgery Clerkship Director Chairman Department of Surgery
Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine
Florida International University

Jackson North Medical Center
Bert Fish Medical Center

Dr. Jaime Alberto Rodriguez comes to FIU as the Chief of Surgery at Jackson North Medical Center (JNMC). He is responsible for providing surgical care to patients at JNMC and assisting JNMC in developing and supervising their surgical program. Additionally, Dr. Rodriguez will participate in the creation of an ACGME approved program in graduate medical education in surgery. Dr. Rodriguez will be involved in teaching at the COM at various levels and will assist in the development of the surgical curriculum.

Dr. Rodriguez received his M.D at the Javeriana University in Bogota, Colombia, in 1983, and finished his training in surgery at the Samaritana Hospital in Bogota, Colombia, in 1985, he then became involved in academic medicine, teaching residents from two prestigious Medical Schools for several years; his work as surgeon mainly involved trauma.

After immigrating to the United States, he spent three years performing basic research, studying the relationship between bacterial translocation and jejunoileal bypass. He then trained in surgery at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, joined the Department of Surgery as faculty and became the residency program director of general surgery and chief of the general surgery section at the Veterans Administration Hospital. Two years ago, he entered into private practice at Bert Fish Medical Center in New Smyrna Beach, Florida.

His clinical expertise and interest is in general and advanced laparoscopic surgery, oncology and breast surgery. Dr. Rodriguez is a member of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons. His publications are on trauma, laparoscopic and general surgery.

Dr. Rodriguez is known to be a dedicated teacher for which he has received awards, and has also received an award for his leadership participation in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

His clinical expertise and interest is in general and advanced laparoscopic, oncologic and breast surgery.


Dr. Rodriguez is a member of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons. His publications are on trauma, and laparoscopic and general surgery.

Miguel A. De Puy, M.D. FACP,FACC
Invasive Cardiologist
Cardiovascular Specialists
Lake Charles, Louisiana 
Miguel A. De Puy, M.D., is a Panamá City, Panamá native.  He received his pre-medical education from the University of Panama.  He earned a Medical  Doctorate from University of Panama School of Medicine and completed an internship at Gorgas Hospital, U.S. Canal Zone.  He completed a residency in internal medicine at Charity Hospital in New Orleans and a fellowship in Cardiology at Alton Ochsner Medical Foundation and Tulane University in New Orleans.

Dr. De Puy is board-certified in internal medicine and cardiovascular diseases and is certified in pacemaker/defibrillator with NASPE exam.  He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and a Fellow of the American Heart Association. Dr. De Puy is also a member of the Heart Rhythm Society and a past board member of several international societies of cardiology. 

Assistant Professor General Obstetrics & Gynecology
General Obstetrics & Gynecology
Minimally Invasive & Endoscopic Surgery. 

Dr. Juan Vargas is an obstetrician-gynecologist in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and is affiliated with, Louisiana and is affiliated with Ochsner Medical Center-Baton Rouge.   

Dr. Vargas received his Doctor of Medicine from Louisiana State University School of Medicine as well his Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Prior to joining Ochsner, Dr. Vargas was the Associate Residency Program Director and Assistant Professor of the GB-GYN program with LSU. He is a member of the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics (APGO).He has been in practice between 11-20 years. 


Louisiana Medical License

Board Certification Status:

American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology  

Fellow (FACOG)

American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Professional Memberships

American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology – ACOG Fellow

American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists – AAGL Member


July 2002 – June 2006

Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center

New Orleans, Louisiana

August 1998 – August 2002

Doctorate of Medicine

School of Medicine

Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center

New Orleans, Louisiana

August 1993 – May 1997

Bachelor of Science with Departmental Honors

Loyola University

New Orleans, Louisiana

Major in Biological Sciences and Minor in Chemistry



July 2006 –

Obstetrics and Gynecology Clinical Faculty

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

LSUHSC Earl K. Long Medical Center

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Duties: Supervise and mentor Obstetrics and Gynecology

residents, Medical students, and Emergency Medicine interns that

rotate through Obstetrics and Gynecology service/clerkship.

Evaluate, treat, and follow all OB/Gyn patients (including clinic,

labor and delivery, inpatient ward, operating room, and emergency

room consultations). In addition to these duties, I also serve on

the Operating Room Committee as the Obstetrics and Gynecology

Department representative and am the Third Year Medical Student

Clerkship Director.

Dr. Juan C Vargas affiliates with Ochsner Medical Center - Baton Rouge, cooperates with many other doctors and specialists in medical group Ochsner Clinic LLC. Present



June 2003 – Medical Center of Louisiana in New Orleans (MCLNO)

Intern of the Year Nominee

June 2003 – Louisiana Sate University Health Sciences Center

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Intern of the Year

May 1997 – Loyola University Reverend John H. Mullahy, S.J.

Award for Distinguished Achievement, Integrity, and Leadership in

a Science Graduate

April 1997 – Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society Second Place

Frank G. Brooks Award for Excellence in Student Research

(Southeast Region 2 Annual Convention at Furman University in

Greenville, South Carolina)



Vargas, J.C. and M. Haydel. Recognition and treatment of a patient

with cocaethylene intoxication. Poster presentation. LSU Health

Sciences Center Department of Medicine Research Day 2000.

Mazzacano, C.A., J.C. Vargas, A.J. Mackay, and J.C. Beier.

Plasmodium gallinaceum: effect of insect cells on ookinete

development in vitro. Experimental Parasitology 88(2): 210-216,

March 1998.

Vargas, J.C. In vitro cultivation of the mosquito stages of the

Plasmodium parasite. Loyola University undergraduate honors

senior thesis. 1 May 1997.


American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists - Junior


American Medical Association

Hispanic American Medical Association of Louisiana (HAMAL)


English – Fluent

Spanish – Fluent