Meet our Resident and Student Leaders

Each year the Resident Student Leadership Committee begins as election process to select our resident and student delegate positions. We are proud to introduce our 2021-2022 delegates. This represents the future of Family Medicine and the LAFP.


Delegates to the LAFP Board of Directors:

Chris Van HiseResident Delegate:
Christopher Van Hise, MD - East Jefferson Family Medicine Program 
 
Christopher Van Hise, MD holds a BA in Psychology from Wheaton College in Massachusetts. He completed the Postbaccalaureate Premedical program at Columbia University and attended the University of Queensland – Ochsner Clinical School for medical school.  He is a first-year Family Medicine resident at East Jefferson General Hospital. Dr. Van Hise is interested in health policy & advocacy to improve access, affordability, and equity in healthcare. His hobbies include cooking, cycling, hiking, and traveling. 
 
Resident Alternate Delegate:
 
 
Katie AdlerStudent Delegate:
Katherine Adler - LSUHSC – New Orleans
 
Katie Adler is from Los Angeles, California and obtained a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley in Philosophy and an M.A. from the University of Southern California in Teaching Secondary Science before moving to New Orleans to pursue a career in teaching. She taught high school science in the Jefferson Parish Public School System for 5 years and served as Science Department Chair for 2 years before leaving to join the medical field. Katie completed her M.S. in Biomedical Sciences at LSUHSC-New Orleans in Biomedical Sciences in the lab of Dr. Liz Simon. She started medical school in fall 2019 and is excited to pursue a career in Family Medicine and become an important voice for her peers in the LAFP.
 
Danielle PurtellStudent Alternate Delegate:
Danielle Purtell - Tulane Medical School
 
Danielle Purtell is a 2016 graduate of the University of Michigan where she received a Bachelor of Science in Evolutionary Anthropology. She is currently a third year MD candidate at Tulane University School of Medicine. Her professional interests include primary care, health disparities, community health, and rural medicine. Her hobbies include running, rock climbing, gardening, and spoiling her dogs and chickens.
 

Delegates to the AAFP National Conference:

Stephen FinneyResident Delegate:
Stephen Finney, MD - LSUHSC Family Medicine Program - Alexandria
 
Stephen Finney, MD is a PGY-3 resident at LSUHSC Family Medicine Residency Program in Alexandria, LA. He is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana and is excited to serve as the Alternate Resident Delegate on the LAFP Board of Directors. He obtained his MS at Mississippi College and MD from American University of the Caribbean. He wishes to advocate for residents and promote the field of Family Medicine to medical students. 
 
Alexi JohnsonResident Alternate Delegate:
Alexi Johnson, DO - LSUHSC Family Medicine Program - Kenner
 
Alexi Johnson, DO is a native Oregonian. Dr. Johnson earned her undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon and medical degree from Western University of Health Sciences- College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific Northwest in Lebanon, Oregon. Dr. Johnson and her husband then moved to Louisiana for their residencies at LSU. Dr. Johnson is currently a Family Medicine resident at LSU Family Medicine- Kenner and her husband is an Internal Medicine/Emergency Medicine resident at LSU. Dr. Johnson is looking forward to continuing to serve the people of Louisiana and get more involved with political advocacy in the state. Outside of work she enjoys playing volleyball, playing with her two kittens, gardening and playing board games with her family and friends.
 
Yousaf A. KhanResident Alternate Delegate:
Yousaf A. Khan, MD - LSUHSC Family Medicine Program - Monroe
 
Yousaf A. Khan, MD is a graduate of the Aga Khan University- Medical College in Karachi, Pakistan. He is currently a Resident Physician at the LSU-HSC Monroe Family Medicine program. Dr. Khan has a very diverse experience and brings innovative ideas with solutions on the table. He has worked in different areas of research, healthcare and retail pharmaceutical in various parts of the US. As for research, he has worked in a Biomechanical lab, clinical research in Hepatology and Infectious Diseases. He aims to bring positive change to our health care system, make an impact locally and nationally. He believes resident physicians are the backbone of our healthcare system and this special group of individuals also need to be heard.  He is also serving in the resident wellness committee in his residency program. Dr. Khan is energetic, open to new ideas, believes in teamwork, helping the community and problem solving. Dr. Khan loves to do powerlifting, strength training and hiking as his sporting hobbies. He likes to travel with his wife and hopes to continue to travel in the future. He is very excited to serve as a Resident Delegate in LAFP.
 
Halen Sumner ScottStudent Delegate:
Halen Sumner Scott - LSUHSC Shreveport
 
Halen Sumner Scott is from Bossier City, Louisiana and is currently a third-year medical student at LSUHSC Shreveport. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Neuroscience with Honors in Biology from Centenary College of Louisiana. During her time at Centenary, she became the Student Body President of the Student Government Association. She is passionate about Family Medicine, especially preventive care and geriatric medicine. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, traveling, hosting game nights with friends, and spending time with her family and pet rabbit, Benji. 
 
Danielle PurtellStudent Alternate Delegate:
Danielle Purtell - Tulane Medical School
 
Danielle Purtell is a 2016 graduate of the University of Michigan where she received a Bachelor of Science in Evolutionary Anthropology. She is currently a third year MD candidate at Tulane University School of Medicine. Her professional interests include primary care, health disparities, community health, and rural medicine. Her hobbies include running, rock climbing, gardening, and spoiling her dogs and chickens.
 

Delegates to the LAFP General Assembly:

Chris Van HiseResident Delegate:
Christopher Van Hise, MD - East Jefferson Family Medicine Program
 
Christopher Van Hise, MD holds a BA in Psychology from Wheaton College in Massachusetts. He completed the Postbaccalaureate Premedical program at Columbia University and attended the University of Queensland – Ochsner Clinical School for medical school.  He is a first-year Family Medicine resident at East Jefferson General Hospital. Dr. Van Hise is interested in health policy & advocacy to improve access, affordability, and equity in healthcare. His hobbies include cooking, cycling, hiking, and traveling.
 
Resident Alternate Delegate:
 
Katie AdlerStudent Delegate:
Katherine Adler - LSUHSC – New Orleans
 
Katie Adler is from Los Angeles, California and obtained a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley in Philosophy and an M.A. from the University of Southern California in Teaching Secondary Science before moving to New Orleans to pursue a career in teaching. She taught high school science in the Jefferson Parish Public School System for 5 years and served as Science Department Chair for 2 years before leaving to join the medical field. Katie completed her M.S. in Biomedical Sciences at LSUHSC-New Orleans in Biomedical Sciences in the lab of Dr. Liz Simon. She started medical school in fall 2019 and is excited to pursue a career in Family Medicine and become an important voice for her peers in the LAFP
 
Danielle PurtellStudent Alternate Delegate:
Danielle Purtell - Tulane Medical School
 
Danielle Purtell is a 2016 graduate of the University of Michigan where she received a Bachelor of Science in Evolutionary Anthropology. She is currently a third year MD candidate at Tulane University School of Medicine. Her professional interests include primary care, health disparities, community health, and rural medicine. Her hobbies include running, rock climbing, gardening, and spoiling her dogs and chickens.
 
 

Resident Student Leadership Committee Officers:

Alarica DietzenStudent Chair
Alarica Dietzen - Tulane Medical School 
 
Alarica Dietzen is from El Dorado, Arkansas and is a 2015 graduate of Tulane University with a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology. She is currently a rising 4th-year MD/MPH candidate at the Tulane University School of Medicine and School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Her interests include global health, reproductive health and education, cooking new recipes, and exploring the New Orleans food scene. 
 
Christine EdomwandeStudent Co-Chair
Christine Edomwande - LSUHSC – New Orleans 
 
Christine Edomwande is a medical student in the class of 2024 at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. She is a Dallas, TX native that completed her undergraduate degree in Human Development and Family Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin. She also obtained a Master of Science degree in Physiology at Tulane University. Christine aspires to be a family physician because of the opportunity to develop long term relationships with her patients and the ability to diagnose and treat a variety of health conditions across all ages.   
 
 
Delegates to the AAFP National Conference:  LAFP is one of the only professional medical associations that actively promotes our resident and student members to hold leadership positions. For more information on how to become involved with the Academy, visit www.lafp.org or contact Ragan LeBlanc for more details.
 

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