Chris Parsons, MD Chris Parsons, MD, earned his MD from Case Western Reserve University, and obtained training in HIV-associated cancer pathogenesis research at the Myles H. Thaler Center for AIDS and Human Retrovirus Research at the University of Virginia. As an Associate Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Microbiology, Immunology, & Parasitology at LSUHSC, his research group focuses on identifying virus-host cell interactions that promote viral cancer pathogenesis. He also directs translational studies and clinical trial development related to the treatment and prevention of HIV-associated malignancies caused by the Kaposi’s sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV)- the most common cause of cancer in HIV-infected patients worldwide.