In an effort to avoid leaving the house and risking exposure throughout the pandemic, many people have neglected health issues that warrant attention from a healthcare professional. Hospitals and clinics are taking precautions to keep patients safe and welcome them into offices or onto telehealth visits and get them back on track with their health. If you are experiencing chronic pain or noticing changes in your body, don’t wait to seek a medical opinion and begin a path towards healing. Specialists across New Orleans may be able to help with your particular issue. Additionally, some of these specialists are sharing their stories this month for the benefit of the public and the greater healthcare community. Check out the following specialists, clinical trials, and events to learn more about what treatments are available, what trials may help you while helping advance medicine, and what changes have occurred across the healthcare spectrum for women in recent years.

Diagnosing & Treating Pain

Southern Pain & Neurological

At Southern Pain & Neurological, Doctors Paul Hubbell and Donald Richardson understand that chronic pain creates a prison for patients, disabling them from an active lifestyle. Low back pain is one of the most common sources of pain, and it’s important to note that 15-25 percent of people with low back pain actually have SI joint dysfunction.

At Southern Pain & Neurological, the advanced, minimally invasive PsiF System allows your doctor to stabilize your SI joint from a familiar posterior approach by inserting strategically designed implants directly into the joint.  The procedure is done through a small (1 inch) incision and typically takes less than thirty minutes. Patient testimonials have demonstrated that treatment with the PsiF system improved pain, patient function, and quality of life.

If you are experiencing low back pain, sciatic-like pain, hip/pelvis/groin pain, stiffness, leg instability, disturbed sitting and sleeping, and pain when active or lying on one side, the PsiF System may be an option for you. To learn more about SI joint dysfunction, the PsiF System, and Southern Pain & Neurological, call 1-800-277-1265.

Diagnosing & Treating Venous Disease

Cardiovascular Institute of the South

Venous disease is a condition when the veins in the legs do not properly return blood flow back to your heart. Damaged veins cause blood to flow backwards and pool in the legs. This leads to varicose veins, which are enlarged, bulging or twisting veins.

Who is most at risk for venous disease? Venous insufficiency affects about 40 percent of people in the U.S. Women are actually up to three times more likely than men to develop venous disease due to changes in hormone levels. Standing for long periods of time can also increase the chances of vein leakage. Those who spend most of the day on their feet, or whose jobs require them to stand all day—such as teachers, hospital workers, cooks, baristas, cleaners, factory line workers, or retail workers—are more at risk for this reason.

If you think you may have venous disease, see a vein specialist at Cardiovascular Institute of the South. Call the Uptown clinic at 504-897-9686 or visit

Diagnosing & Treating Neurological Disorders

Culicchia Neurological
The brain is an amazing machine, comprised of over a billion neurons, each at work full time and especially in New Orleans, arguably the most stimulating city on earth. Culicchia Neurological is the synapses that helps not only your neurons connect, but helps you reconnect with who you are. For years, they’ve brought new advancements and understanding to their patients—people come from all around the region seeking care from award-winning, fellowship-trained specialists and subspecialists.

The Culicchia team works together to diagnose and treat disorders such as brain tumors, aneurysm, stroke, epilepsy, migraines, and spinal disorders. Specialties include Neurosurgery, Neurology, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Interventional Pain Management. Their affiliate, CNC Hearing and Balance Center, provides the latest in hearing healthcare.

With clinics in Marrero, Uptown New Orleans, Slidell and Mandeville, Culicchia’s function is to improve yours. Call 504-340-6976 for an appointment or visit or

Clinical Trials

Aesculap Biologics

If you are experiencing continued knee issues following a previous cartilage injury, you may be a good candidate for Aesculap Biologics’ Phase 3 clinical trial for NOVOCART® 3D, a tissue engineered cell-based product designed to repair articular cartilage defects of the knee.

Exciting advances in cellular research have allowed medicine to begin a new focus on regenerative medicine, which encourages the body to repair damaged or diseased tissue by recreating and integrating new tissue in the place of old tissue. Using a combination of cells and smart biomaterial devices, Aesculap Biologics’ products may stimulate and support the synthesis of new tissue and enhance the body’s own regenerative power. Through the overlap of cell and molecular biology, biomaterial and bioengineering disciplines, the vision of restoring and extending a patient’s normal, active lifestyle without the use of plastic, metal or foreign tissue parts is no longer science fiction.

To learn more and potentially join the NOVOCART® 3D clinical trial, visit

Community Events

LSU Health Foundation

LSU Health Foundation New Orleans is proud to present the 1st Annual Wonder Women of LSU Health, a virtual panel to discuss the challenges, actions, and successes of trailblazing women in the LSU Health community. The virtual panel discussion and Q&A session takes place on Wednesday, March 31, 2021, at 11 a.m. and is free and open to the public.

The Wonder Women of LSU Health panel will be moderated by Jennifer Avegno, MD, the Director of the New Orleans Department of Health and the voice of the community’s health news throughout the pandemic. She will join a number of current and retired local health professionals, including New Orleans Periodontist and LSUHSD Gratis Clinical Assistant Professor Kristi Soileau, Retired Urologist Brenda Kinard, who was one of the first women in her field, Retired Pediatric Pulmonologist A. Joanne Gates, who helped create the pediatric residency program at Children’s Hospital New Orleans, and many more.

For more information and to register, visit or contact Sam Cusimano at