INVESTIGATOR BIOGRAPHIES

Dr. Leanne Redman

Dr. Leanne Redman is an Assistant Professor at Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where she directs the Reproductive Endocrinology and Women’s Health Laboratory.  Dr. Redman has a particular interest in studying how weight gain, overweight and obesity impacts women’s reproductive health.  She is currently working on several studies in women including a study designed to understand how weight loss can help treat polycystic ovary syndrome and a study in women with gestational diabetes following birth to prevent diabetes.  She received her B.S. in Exercise Science and Exercise Physiology from Southern Cross University in Lismore, Australia, and completed her Ph.D. at the University of Adelaide in Adelaide, Australia, in Human Physiology/OBGYN.  Last year she earned a Master’s degree in Clinical Research from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana.  Dr Redman has received several honors for her work and has more than 50 publications in her field.

Dr. Corby Martin

Dr. Corby Martin is an Associate Professor at Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He is also the Director of the Ingestive Behavior Laboratory and a Licensed Clinical Psychologist.  He received his B.A. and M.S. in Clinical Psychology from Eastern Washington University in Cheney, Washington, and his doctorate from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  He also completed a fellowship in Psychology at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina.  Dr. Martin's expertise includes developing and delivering novel lifestyle interventions for weight management, including e-Health or telehealth interventions that rely on the remote collection of patient data and the delivery of services via multimedia communication technology (e.g., smartphones).  Dr. Martin and colleagues also create mathematical algorithms that accurately predict weight change during health promotion interventions, and they apply these algorithms to clinical weight management interventions to promote dietary adherence.

Dr. Jeffrey Breaux

Jeffrey Breaux, M.D., is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge Campus) Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He received his undergraduate degree from Tulane University and medical degree from Tulane University Medical School in New Orleans, Louisiana.  He completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Tulane Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.  He is currently an Ob-Gyn Hospitalist at Woman’s Hospital in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where he has also previously served as the Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology.  Dr. Breaux is a member of the East Baton Rouge Medical Society and the Louisiana State Medical Society.  He has also served as Chairman of the Medical Review Committee at Woman’s Hospital in the past.  Dr. Breaux conducts research investigating women’s reproductive health.  

Dr. Stewart Gordon

Stewart Gordon, MD, received his undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University and medical degree from the LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana. Dr. Gordon completed his residency in Pediatrics at the LSU School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics in New Orleans, Louisiana, during which he served as Chief Resident. He worked as a pediatrician with LSU Health at Earl K. Long Medical Center for 18 years and achieved the rank of Professor of Clinical Pediatrics in 2010. He is currently the Chief Medical Officer for Community Health Solutions of Louisiana.  Dr. Gordon is the Past President of the Louisiana Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, a member of the American Medical Association and the Louisiana State Medical Society.  Dr. Gordon is an Associate Adjunct Professor at Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He has received numerous awards for his work including the Cecil J. Picard Excellence in Education to Prevent Childhood Obesity Award in 2008. Dr. Gordon is very involved in his community while still continuing to work and perform clinical research.

Dr. Karen Elkind-Hirsch

Karen Elkind-Hirsch, M.Sc., PhD, HCLD is the Scientific Director of the Woman’s Metabolic Health Clinic and Health Research Department, Woman’s Hospital and Adjunct Professor at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Previously she was Director of Research and Development at the Center for Reproduction and Associate Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. She received her undergraduate degree in Biology and Psychology from Skidmore College and completed her doctoral degree at Tulane University where she received a Ph.D. in Neuroscience and was a National Science Foundation pre-doctoral fellow. She then was awarded a 3 year Andrew Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in reproductive endocrinology in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Woman’s Hospital. She served as the chair of the Reproductive Biology Professional Group (RBPG) of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) and was the ASRM Practice Committee RBPG representative from 1998-2003. In addition, Dr. Elkind-Hirsch has served as a consultant and/or been a member of the advisory board for Amylin/ Eli Lilly & Company, Schering-Plough, Fering, Merck, Inc, Pfizer, and Columbia Laboratories. Dr. Elkind-Hirsch has published over 80 articles on topics in reproductive medicine and endocrinology with an expertise in polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), gestational diabetes and insulin action. She has served as the principal investigator or co-investigator of over 45 clinical and basic science trials, with the most recent trials involving new protocols for the treatment of PCOS and prevention of type 2 diabetes in women with a history of gestational diabetes.