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Dr. Gia Tyson, Straight A's at Howard U, Transplant Hepatologist Founding Med School Admit

Updated: Feb 6, 2021



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Dr. Gia Tyson is a transplant hepatologist for Ochsner Health in Louisiana. As the only liver specialist in the Baton Rouge region she has multiple jobs. She started The Liver Center Ochsner Baton Rouge to provide high level liver care to the region. Dr. Tyson is head of The Liver Center, which has grown significantly over the past 6 years and receives referrals from around the state. She is also a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at Louisiana State University where she staffs the liver disease clinic with LSU Baton Rouge residents and provides care to the underserved. At LSU she gives didactic lectures to the residents and medical students. She also started a special program at LSU where primary care providers can give specialized care by treating hepatitis C virus (HCV) positive patients. Dr. Tyson utilizes her Master of Public Health degree and clinical expertise as the Clinical Network Specialist for the Louisiana Department of Health’s initiative to eliminate hepatitis C (HepCured LA). Louisiana is the first start to have this type of public initiative. In this role she has helps create the training documents and provides the training to primary providers around the state of Louisiana to treat HCV. In less than one year, the HepCured LA initiative has created over 300 new hepatitis C treaters and treated more the 4,200 persons with HCV. More patients on Medicaid have been treated than the previous 5 years combined. She has published multiple peer reviewed articles on hepatitis C, hepatitis B and hepatocellular carcinoma. Dr. Tyson is also an entrepreneur. She is the founder and CEO of Med School Admit (MSA). MSA has programs focused on helping premedical students become competitive medical school applicants. She is proud of all the work she is doing to create healthier Louisianans and is particularly motivated to make an impact on students around the country who want to see their dreams of becoming a doctor realized. Dr. Tyson is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana who attend college at Howard University, Harvard Medical School, Johns Hopkins for residency, Baylor for GI fellowship and Tulane for transplant hepatology. She is a wife and mother of three children who in her spare time enjoys movies and endurance sports. While at Howard University Dr. Tyson was very involved. She was a student athlete, playing tennis for 3 years and serving as team captain. She served as junior class president in the College of Arts and Sciences. She was a member of Phi Sigma Pi honor fraternity and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. During her senior year she was the president of Alpha Kappa Alpha. She took full advantage of her Howard years, researching at the National Institutes of Health and travelling to Africa during her summers. Given her well rounded activities while maintaining a 4.0 gpa Dr. Tyson applied for the Rhode’s Scholarship and was a finalist. Above all Dr. Tyson is grateful for the amazing and lifelong friendships she formed at Howard that are ongoing.




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