LSUHealth_New Orleans_Horz__Purple-Gold_2PMS Center for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice L RGB lrg

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.



Heather B. Allen, RDH, BSDH, MSHCM  (School of Dentistry): 2020-2026 

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. Mrs. 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). Mrs. Allen has been engaged in several interprofessional activities and has published in this area.



Dr. Susanne Straif-Bourgeois, PhD, MPH, MS  (School of Public Health): 2020-2026 

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.


Baudoin Colette

Colette D. Baudoin, MSN, RN, OCN, CNE (School of Nursing): 2021-2027

Colette Baudoin is a Clinical Instructor of Nursing at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center New Orleans, School of Nursing. She has been a nurse for over 30 years and at the School of Nursing since 2018. She is a Certified Nurse Education and Oncology Certified Nurse and has achieved several recognition awards including Great 100 Nurses in 2016 and Daisy Faculty Award in 2020 and 2021. She is a member of several professional organizations including the New Orleans Oncology Nurses and Sigma Theta Tau-Epsilon Nu chapter. 



Dr. Scott Edwards, PhD (School of Graduate Studies): 2021-2027

Scott Edwards is an Associate Professor of Physiology and Neuroscience at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center New Orleans (LSUHSC-NO), with appointments in the School of Medicine and School of Graduate Studies. Dr. Edwards completed his PhD training in the Departments of Neuroscience and Psychiatry at the UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Afterwards, Scott joined the Committee on the Neurobiology of Addictive Disorders at The Scripps Research Institute where he was awarded a K99/R00 Pathway to Independence award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Dr. Edwards joined the Department of Physiology in 2013 and currently serves as a member of the translational LSU Health New Orleans NIH-funded Comprehensive Alcohol-HIV/AIDS Research Center as Director of Research Component 3 (Alcohol Use Disorder and Associated Neurological Symptoms of Cognitive Dysfunction and Pain) as well as Director of the Information Dissemination Core, which is focused on interprofessional education. Sr. Edwards has been engaged in several interprofessional activities and has published in this area.



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 28 years of experience as a member of the LSUHSC-NO faculty, engaging in IPE for the past nine years.



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 Faculty Council Members

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
Dr. Alison Davis Nursing 2015-2021
Dr. Sonia Gasparini Graduate Studies 2015-2021