Dr. Taniya de Silva will serve as Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Records

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Taniya de Silva will serve as Associate Dean for Student Affairs. Dr. de Silva completed her undergraduate education at Harvard University, received her MS degree from Georgetown University in Washington, DC in Physiology and Biophysics, and MD from New York Medical College. She completed a residency in Internal Medicine at Boston Medical Center and completed a fellowship in Endocrinology at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. Dr. de Silva became a member of the LSU faculty in 2011 and is now a Professor of Clinical Medicine. She most recently served as the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs but has also served as Section Chief of Endocrinology, Program Director for the Endocrinology Fellowship, Co-Course Director for the Endocrine Systems Course, and Co-Director of the Clinical Sciences Curriculum.

As Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, Dr. de Silva enhanced pre-clinical career advising and provided training workshops in the AAMC Careers in Medicine program to all current first, second, and third-year students. She also introduced “Meet the Clinician” sessions within each block of the second-year curriculum and planned the White Coat Ceremony, Family Day, Match Day, and Pre-Commencement events. As Associate Dean, Dr. de Silva will continue to oversee and develop processes related to student academic performance, professionalism, personal wellness, mental health and career planning.

Dr. de Silva's excellence in teaching has been recognized as the recipient of three Aesculapian awards, the 2020 LSU Alumni Association Henry M. Shelby, MD (’43) and David L. Bourgeois Award for excellence in teaching, the 2021 Henry Van Dyk Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence in Clinical Science, and the 2021 Allen A. Copping Excellence in Teaching Award. She also received the Best Clinical Professor Award by the Classes of 2020, 2021 and 2022.

Please join us in congratulating Dr. De Silva as we welcome her to the new role of Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Records.