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LSU Health New Orleans Named Top University Fulbright Scholar Producer

February 13, 2023

LSU Health New Orleans is one of only ten 2022-2023 Top Producers of Fulbright Scholars in the Special 4-Year Focus Institutions category. The U. S. State Department, in collaboration with the Institute of International Education, made the announcement Friday, February 10, 2023.

In a letter to LSU Health New Orleans Interim Chancellor Dr. Steve Nelson, Secretary of State Antony Blinken wrote, “Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center-New Orleans’s place among the Fulbright Program’s 2022-2023 Top Producing Institutions clearly demonstrates your dedication to preparing Americans to thrive in the global economy and serve as engaged citizens. Thank you.”

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According to the State Department, “The Fulbright Program is the flagship international academic exchange program sponsored by the United States Government. Fulbright was founded in 1946 with an ambitious goal—to increase mutual understanding and support friendly and peaceful relations between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Led by the U.S. Government in partnership with more than 160 countries worldwide, Fulbright offers an expansive suite of life-changing international academic and cultural exchange opportunities.”

Last April, the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board awarded Jovanny Zabaleta, PhD, Associate Professor in the Department of Interdisciplinary Oncology at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine, a Fulbright Award to Colombia.

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Mary Kirk, Director of the Office of Academic Exchange Programs in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, said, “We are grateful for all you do to support the Fulbright applicants and participants from your campus. On behalf of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, we congratulate you for this accomplishment and thank you for your ongoing support of the Fulbright Program.”

“Science is a team sport,” notes Dr. Nelson. “Collaboration in education and research fosters medical advances because we get much farther, much faster together. After all, diseases know no borders. We are proud that LSU Health New Orleans is recognized in the elite group of universities at the forefront of international scientific exchange.”

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For over 75 years, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 400,000 participants—chosen for their academic merit and leadership qualities—with the opportunity to exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to challenges facing our communities and our world. Over 2,000 diverse U.S. students, artists, and early career professionals in more than 100 different fields of study receive Fulbright U.S. Student Program grants annually to study, teach English, and conduct research overseas. In addition, more than 900 U.S. scholars, artists, and professionals from all backgrounds teach or conduct research overseas through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program annually. The U.S. Department of State sponsors the Fulbright program, and several non-profit, cooperative partners implement and support the program on the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ behalf. For more information about the Fulbright Programs featured here, as well as opportunities for campuses to host Fulbrighters from abroad and short-term program offerings, visit