Dr. Clay Couvillon to provide dental consultations for Baton Rouge General
Baton Rouge, La. – Beginning January 31, Baton Rouge General will further expand
its cancer program by welcoming Clay Couvillon, DDS and the Dental Oncology
Center of Louisiana to its Bluebonnet campus. Dr. Couvillon and his team
focus on reducing and managing the oral side effects that often come along
with cancer treatments like radiation and chemotherapy.
“While chemotherapy kills cancer, it can also damage normal cells
– including ones in the mouth,” said Stephen Mumford, Vice
President of Operations at Baton Rouge General. “Giving our patients
access to a dentist who focuses on treating patients with these side effects
will help improve their well-being on their cancer journey.”
As one of a few dentists in the south with a focus on the dental management
of cancer patients, Dr. Couvillon’s team will see cancer patients
with dental issues including broken or sensitive teeth, dry mouth, side
effects of stem cell transplant therapy, or concerns about the appearance
or health of their mouths. The program also benefits cancer patients who
are interested in a thorough dental evaluation but do not have an established
relationship with a dentist.
A Marksville native, Dr. Couvillon earned his undergraduate degree in Microbiology
from LSU in 1997 and his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from LSU School of
Dentistry in 2004. With a passion for treating patients who are coping
with cancer, Dr. Couvillon has dedicated time and continuing education
hours toward effectively participating in multidisciplinary oncology teams.
By bringing the field of dental oncology to the Baton Rouge area, he provides
a valuable resource to cancer patients and oncologists.
“A dentist focused on the needs of our oncology patients will be
an invaluable resource,” said Dr. William Russell, Medical Director
of Radiation Oncology at BRG’s Pennington Cancer Center. “Now
along with centralizing our comprehensive cancer services, we are able
to address another essential need that can improve cancer patients’
quality of life.”
This addition comes after BRG announced plans to expand its Pennington
Cancer Center with a 32,000-square foot expansion and centralization of
its cancer services, including radiation, chemotherapy, imaging, clinic
space, hematology/oncology, nutritional support, and clinical trials.
Construction is scheduled to begin this spring with a 2019 completion date.
Dr. Couvillon will practice in the Radiation Oncology area of BRG’s
Pennington Cancer Center every Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., located
at 8585 Picardy Ave., Baton Rouge, LA, 70809 near Entrance 3. Dr. Couvillon
will also provide his services to BRG cancer patients at his private practice,
Sullivan Dental Center in St. Francisville.
About Baton Rouge General Medical Center
Baton Rouge General Medical Center is the area’s first community
hospital with 588 licensed beds between two campuses. Baton Rouge General
opened its doors in 1900, and has provided the Greater Baton Rouge community
with high-quality healthcare for generations. An accredited teaching hospital
since 1991, Baton Rouge General offers other medical education programs,
including a School of Nursing, School of Radiologic Technology, Family
Medicine Residency Program, Internal Medicine Residency Program, and Sports
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