Registration Fees

Physicians $100
APS Physicians $75
Retired Physicians $25
Residents $25
Nurses / Other HCPs $50

Saturday, May 13, 2023

7:45 AM – 8:00 AM  Introduction
8:00 AM – 8:45 AM

Keynote Address:

The Future of Vaccines for the Protection of Infants and Children

John Vanchiere, MD, PhD

8:45 AM – 9:30 AM

Weight Loss Medication & Adolescent Obesity – Part 1

Marcella Houser, MD, FAAP

9:30 AM – 10:00 AM Questions and Answers
10:00 AM – 10:30 AM Break / Exhibits
10:30 AM – 11:00 AM

Prescribing for Anxiety and Mood Disorders in Adolescents

Nicholas Lavin, MD

11:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Adolescent Gynecology – Part 1

Mila Shah-Bruce, MD, FACOG

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Weight Loss Medication & Adolescent Obesity – Part 2

Marcella Houser, MD FAAP

12:00 PM – 12:30 PM Questions and Answers
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM  Lunch / Exhibits
1:30 PM – 2:00 PM

Adolescent Gynecology – Part 1

Mila Shah-Bruce, MD, FACOG

2:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Prescribing for ADHD in Adolescents

Nicholas Lavin, MD

2:30 PM – 3:00 PM Questions and Answers
3:00 PM Adjourn



2023 Faculty


John Vanchiere, MD, PhD

Dr. John Vanchiere earned his doctorate from Emory University before completing both residency and fellowship training at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Vanchiere is the current President of the Louisiana Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Dr. Vanchiere is a Professor of Pediatrics, Board-Certified Pediatric Infectious Diseases Physician and Fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) who is the Director of Congregate Facility Surveillance and Community Testing for COVID-19 in northwest Louisiana (the EVT Lab Strike Team). He is the Program Director for three contracts between the Louisiana Department of Health and LSU Health-Shreveport that provide: 1) K-12 school-based testing; 2) congregate facility testing; and 3) community-wide vaccine distribution.

Since April 2020, his teams operated in 45 of the 47 nursing homes in Northwest Louisiana to provide weekly surveillance to over 8,000 residents and employees of nursing homes and assisted living facilities. The CEVT Strike Teams under Dr. Vanchiere’s direction provide assistance to the Regional Public Health Office for investigation of COVID-19 outbreaks in congregate facilities and other community settings. The K-12 testing program includes 115 schools with over 6,200 students enrolled in the CDC-funded surveillance effort.

Dr. Vanchiere has over 20 years of experience in NIH- and Pharma-sponsored clinical trials. Since August of 2021, Dr. Vanchiere has been the Medical Director of the LSU Health Shreveport Clinical Trials Office. Dr. Vanchiere is also the Principal Investigator for the Pfizer SARS-CoV-2 vaccine trials at LSU Health Shreveport, as well as several other clinical trials of antiviral agents directed against respiratory viruses.

Nick Lavin, MD

Dr. Nick Lavin is a board-certified child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist from Lafayette, Louisiana. He attended medical school at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, where he also completed his residency in adult psychiatry and a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry. He now practices back home in Lafayette.




Marcella Houser, MD

Dr. Marcella Houser specializes in Pediatrics and Childhood Obesity. She became a healthcare provider because she started my career teaching tenth grade Biology, which fueled her passion for working with young people. Dr. Houser enjoys helping her patients reach their weight and health goals safely and effectively. She says that her patients can count on her to provide extraordinary care because she provides care all children including patients with and without insurance and families who speak Spanish or other languages.

Dr. Houser graduated from Medical School at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine in 2010 in Coral Gables, FL. She completed her residency at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in 2014 in New Orleans, LA.  Dr. Houser is Board Certified by American Board of Pediatrics.

Mila D. Shah-Bruce, MD

Dr. Mila Shah-Bruce earned her Medical Doctorate from St. Matthews University School of Medicine in Grand Cayman after she received her undergraduate from the University of Georgia. Dr. Shah-Bruce was previously in private practice in North Carolina and came back to LSU Health as an obstetrics and gynecology Assistant Professor and medical student Clerkship Director. Dr. Shah-Bruce is board certified by The American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and has a focused practice designation in Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology. She is also board certified by The American Board of Obesity Medicine. She has been on staff at Ochsner since August 2017 and practicing medicine since 2008. She has a special clinical interest in Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology however sees patients of all ages for both obstetric and gynecological needs.Dr. Shah-Bruce has a special interest in patient satisfaction and was inducted in the Gold Humanism Honor Society in 2018. Dr. Shah-Bruce is actively pursuing her PhD with an emphasis in health professionals education. She finds enjoyment in teaching students, residents, and patients.


Accreditation Information Coming Soon…

 Pediatric Jambalaya Annually the Woman’s Foundation and the Acadiana Pediatric Society jointly sponsor a Spring CME activity, Pediatric Jambalaya. This one day CME activity is a mixture of health care topics which serves to enhance the pediatric and family practice.