Edgar Burns Medical Society Heads:

David Galarneau, MD and Marc Matrana, MD


David Galarneau, MD
Program Director Mental Health
Staff Physician Psychiatry


Dr. David Galarneau was born in Troy, New York, the home of Uncle Sam, and completed high school and college in the “collar city” as well. Then it was down to The Big Apple for medical school and psychiatry residency, as well as one additional year post-training. In 2006, he relocated to New Orleans, Louisiana, and has been with Ochsner Medical System ever since. Dr. Galarenau is currently the Medical Director of the Inpatient Psychiatry Unit, as well as the Director of the Undergraduate Medical Education Program in Psychiatry for the Ochsner Clinical School.  He has special interests in inpatient psychiatry, addiction psychiatry, undergraduate and graduate medical education, and psychodynamic psychotherapy.

Credentials & Qualifications
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute​
    • Bachelor of Science in Philosophy, Summa Cum Laude, May 1997
    • Bachelor of Science in Biology, Summa Cum Laude, May 1997
  • Weill Medical College of Cornell University
    • Doctor of Medicine, May 2001
  • New York-Presbyterian Hospital
    • Postgraduate Residency Training in Psychiatry, June 2001 – June 2005
    • Chief Resident in Psychiatry, June 2004 – June 2005
  • New York-Presbyterian Hospital​
    • Assistant Attending Psychiatrist: July 1, 2005 – June 30, 2006
  • Weill Medical College of Cornell University​
    • Instructor in Psychiatry: July 1, 2005 – June 30, 2006
  • Ochsner Health System
    • Medical Director, Inpatient Psychiatric Unit: July 1, 2006 – present
  • Louisiana State University, School of Medicine
    • Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry: July 1, 2006 – present
  • Ochsner Clinical School​
    • Director, Undergraduate Medical Education Program in Psychiatry: July 1, 2009 – present
  • The University of Queensland, School of Medicine
    • Senior Lecturer: July 1, 2009 – present
Research Interests

Dr. Galarneau is interested primarily in clinical research involving inpatient psychiatry and addiction psychiatry.

Best Part of My Job

Working with the staff of the inpatient psychiatry unit, as well as with the medical students and residents.


Marc Matrana, MD, M.Sc.
Medical Oncologist/Hematologist, Gayle and Tom Benson Cancer Center
Medical Director, Precision Cancer Therapies (Phase I) Research Program

Associate Director of Clinical Cancer Research, Ochsner Cancer Institute
Assistant Professor of Medicine, LSU Health Science Center New Orleans


Dr. Matrana is a ninth generation native of the New Orleans region. He received his bachelor degree and master’s degree in human genetics from Tulane University, and received his medical degree from the LSU School of Medicine at New Orleans. He completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at Ochsner Medical Center, where he served as Chief Medical Resident. He then went on to complete training in hematology and medical oncology at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, where he won numerous awards and served as both Chief Fellow for Resident Education and as overall Chief Chief Fellow. His clinical practice at Ochsner focuses on treating patients with cancers of the genitourinary tract, as well as lung cancer, gastrointestinal cancer, and other malignancies and hematologic diseases.

Credentials & Qualifications

Dr. Matrana serves as the medical director of the Ochsner Precision Cancer Therapies (Phase I) Research Program and has conducted much ground-breaking research and authored numerous peer-reviewed articles, chapters, and other publications in the field of genitourinary medical oncology. He has also spoken at conferences around the world on kidney cancer and is a recognized expert on this topic. In addition to research and patient care, Dr. Matrana is an active medical educator, serving in leadership positions with local medical schools (including The University of Queensland/Ochsner Clinical School), the Ochsner Internal Medicine Residency Program, and Ochsner Medical Oncology Fellowship Program. Dr. Matrana is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Research Interests

Early Phase Oncology Clinical Trials, Renal Cell Carcinoma and Genitourinary Cancers

Best Part of My Job

Working with students and trainees, spending time getting to know my patients.

Interests Outside Work

Dr. Matrana is very active in historical preservation and historical and architectural research activities, serving on the boards of directors for historical societies, speaking around the country, and authoring books, articles, and essays on historical and architectural preservation topics. He also enjoys spending time with his wife and son, including traveling for pleasure both near and far. 


To schedule a meeting with the Burns Society Heads:

David Galarneau, MD

Marc Matrana, MD

For all other enquiries regarding the Medical Societies at Ochsner, please contact the Ochsner Clinical School Office of Student Affairs:

Phone: +1 504 842 0197
Email: StudentAffairs@ochsner.org