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Dr. Chester Weimer (BS ’75) 33 years in practice | Urology | Thibodaux Urology Specialists “I originally went to Nicholls to study math, then changed my major to pre-med after working part time at Thibodaux Regional. The biology foundation I got from Nicholls made medical school a lot easier. I didn’t have to go back […]

Dr. Christopher Paris (BS ’00) 3 years in practice | Interventional Cardiology | Cardiovascular Institute of the South (CIS), Luling “It’s an unbelievable jump from college to medical school, but the Nicholls pre-med program gave me a head start. The curriculum included a great amount of pre-professional classes that were similar to those I took […]

Dr. Sheila Pitre (BS ’87) 21 years in practice | Pediatrics | The Children’s Clinic of Thibodaux “I grew up in a farming family, and my parents insisted that we went to college. If we could stay local and save money, then we did. When I got to medical school, I realized that Nicholls had […]

Dr. Ryan Matherne (BS ’02) 3 years in practice | Dermatology, Dermatopathology | Matherne Dermatology, Lutcher, Cut Off and Metairie “From day one, I thought Nicholls prepared me very well for medical school. In fact, my first semester of med school was an easier transition than most students experience thanks to Nicholls.” When people think […]

Dr. Ernest Hansen II (BS ’87) 21 years in practice | Emergency Medicine | Ochsner Medical Center, Slidell “My freshman calculus professor told the class to go to his house if anyone needed help. Sure enough, a group of us rang his doorbell, and he invited us in to review the material. I could be […]

Dr. Mark Hebert (BS ’88) 17 years in practice | General Surgery | Thibodaux Surgical Specialists “The Nicholls pre-med program’s smaller classes and one-on-one instruction are fairly unique. Medical school was a little more difficult for my friends who had gone to larger universities. They didn’t have the extensive biology background that I did.” During […]

Dr. John Heaton (BS ’81) 23 years in practice | Anesthsiology, Patient Safety and Quality | Children’s Hospital, New Orleans “Recently, I had the opportunity to help care for the grandkid of one of my Nicholls professors. To see my career come full circle was very gratifying.” Early in my postgraduate training, I had a […]

Dr. Joel Comeaux (DIP ’56) 49 years in practice | Obstetrics and Gynecology | Houma OB-GYN Clinic “Without Nicholls, I would not have had the means to even go to college. From my Holy Savior High School class in Lockport, six of us went to Nicholls and became a physician, dentist, pharmacist, school principal, school […]

Eight Nicholls-trained doctors share their most challenging cases   Treating a man with leprosy Dr. Ryan Matherne  Taking an emergency case out of my field Dr. Joel Comeaux Relaying tragic news to a baby’s parents Dr. John Heaton   Removing a patient’s entire stomach Dr. Mark Hebert    Juggling gunshot wounds, toothaches and an unexpected pregnancy […]

A former beauty products businesswoman with a bright smile and warm, welcoming demeanor, Renee Brinkley (BGS ’03) is not the person you’d expect to find running the parish’s correction facilities. Lafourche’s head administrator of corrections for the past three years, Brinkley oversees the parish jail in Thibodaux — an overcrowded, aging facility housing up to […]

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