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Our Center for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice (CIPECP) has adopted the World Health Organization's definition of Interprofessional Education (IPE):

“Interprofessional education occurs when students from two or more professions learn about, from, and with each other to enable effective collaboration and improve health outcomes. Once students understand how to work interprofessionally, they are ready to enter the workplace as a member of the collaborative practice team. This is a key step in moving health systems from fragmentation to a position of strength.” 

CIPECP Staff and Faculty


Dr. Tina Patel Gunaldo, PhD, DPT, MHS  (Director)

Tina Gunaldo is the director for the Center for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center New Orleans. She has engaged in interprofessional education and collaborative practice for the past nine years. In addition to presentations and publications, Dr. Gunaldo serves on the American Interprofessional Health Collaborative Scholarship Committee, the Louisiana Immunization Workgroup supporting a collaborative approach to increasing immunization rates, as well as contributes to the development of the Louisiana Area Health Education Center's (AHEC) Scholar curricular program. She is the co-editor in chief for the Health, Interprofessional Practice and Education journal and is a co-editor for the textbook "Interprofessional Education and Collaboration: An Evidence-Based Approach to Optimizing Health Care. Most importantly, Dr. Gunaldo is supported by a wonderful team faculty, who have supported and/or integrated IPE into their academic practice.



Amanda Goumas, MPH  (Coordinator)

Amanda Goumas is the coordinator for the Center for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center New Orleans. She is new to IPE, after recently completing her Master’s in Public Health in community health and behavioral sciences. She is engaged in several IPE related research projects at the Health Sciences Center and looks forward to future contributions.



Heather B. Allen, RDH, BSDH, MSHCM  (School of Dentistry): 2020-2025 

Heather Allen is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Comprehensive Dentistry at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center-New Orleans (LSUHSC-NO), School of Dentistry, Program in Dental Hygiene.  She received her BS in Dental Hygiene from LSUHSC-NO and her MS in Health Care Management from the University of New Orleans.  She has been a practicing dental hygienist for 19 years and an LSUSD faculty member for 13 years. Ms. Allen is the Past-President of the New Orleans Dental Hygienists’ Association (NODHA) and the LSU Health-New Orleans, School of Dentistry, Liaison to the American Dental Education Association Commission on Change and Innovation in Dental Education (ADEA-CCI).  Ms. Allen has been engaged in several interprofessional activities and looks forward to serving as the School of Dentistry CIPECP Liaison.



Dr. Susanne Straif-Bourgeois, PhD, MPH, MS  (School of Public Health): 2020-2025 

Susanne Straif-Bourgeois is an Associate Professor of Epidemiology at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center New Orleans, School of Public Health. Dr. Straif-Bourgeois received an MSc in Biology from the University of Hohenheim, Germany, a PhD in Parasitology/Tropical Medicine from the University of Bonn, Germany as well as an MPH with a major in epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Before she joined the LSU School of Public Health, she was the Assistant State Epidemiologist at the Louisiana Office of Public Health where she was in charge of outbreak investigations including H1N1, SARS and Public Health preparedness before, during and after natural disasters. Her research interests in infectious disease epidemiology varies from vaccine preventable diseases, healthcare associated infections as well as emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases.



Dr. Alison H. Davis, PhD, RN, CHSE (School of Nursing): 2015-2021

Alison H. Davis is the Director of the Nursing Skills and Technology Center at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center New Orleans, School of Nursing. She is an Associate Professor of Clinical Nursing with 16 years of experience as a Nurse Educator and 20 years of experience as a registered nurse.  She was inducted into the Hall of Honor for Excellence in Nursing Education at Georgia Baptist College of Nursing of Mercer University in 2018, received the Daisy Faculty Award in 2016, and received the Great 100 Nurse award in 2015. Dr. Davis is a certified healthcare simulation educator and is an active member of multiple professional organizations to include the Society for Simulation in Healthcare and the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning.



Dr. Sonia Gasparini, PhD (School of Graduate Studies): 2015-2021

Sonia Gasparini is an Associate Professor of Cell Biology and Anatomy and Neuroscience at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center New Orleans (LSUHSC-NO), School of Medicine and School of Graduate Studies. She received her BS in Biology and PhD in Physiology from the University of Milan. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the International School for Advanced Studies in Trieste, Italy and a second one in the Neuroscience Center of Excellence at the LSUHSC-NO. Her research focuses on the mechanisms of information processing and memory formation.



Dr. John Zamjahn, PhD, RRT, RPFT  (School of Allied Health Professions): 2019-2023

John Zamjahn is an Associate Professor of Clinical Cardiopulmonary Science and Program Director of Respiratory Therapy at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center New Orleans (LSUHSC-NO), School of Allied Health Professions, Department of Cardiopulmonary Science. He received his BS and MHS in Cardiopulmonary Science and PhD in Pathology from LSUHSC-NO. He has over 26 years of experience as a member of the LSUHSC-NO faculty, engaging in IPE for the past eight years. Dr. Zamjahn serves on the Board of Directors for the Louisiana Society for Respiratory Care and for the Coalition for Baccalaureate and Graduate Respiratory Therapy Education.



Dr. Shane Sanne, DO (School of Medicine): 2016-2022

Shane Sanne is an Associate Program Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program as well as an academic internal medicine hospitalist at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center New Orleans that works at University Medical Center in New Orleans. He is a native New Orleanian who obtained his undergraduate degree at Tulane University. He then pursed his Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. His residency training was performed at LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. After residency he stayed on as faculty as a supervising hospitalist physician to interns, residents and students. In addition to providing care to an underserved population, his interests lie in quality improvement initiatives and interprofessional education.


Past CIPECP Liaisons

Name School Tenure
Dr. Pam Wiseman Medicine 2015-2016
Dr. Jerald James Allied Health Professions 2015-2017
Mrs. Shannon Mangum Allied Health Professions 2017-2019
Dr. Kari Brisolara Public Health 2015-2020
Dr. Sandra Andrieu Dentistry 2015-2020