Michael Puente, M.D.


• Tulane University, New Orleans, LA – Bachelor of Science, Biology

Medical School:

• Tulane University, New Orleans, LA

Internal Medicine Internship:

• Ochsner Foundation Hospital, New Orleans, LA

Neurology Residency:

• University of Texas, Southwestern, Dallas, TX

Board Certification:

• American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Neurology


• Clinical Assistant Professor, Neurology, Tulane University School of Medicine • Clinical Assistant Professor, Neurology, LSU Health Sciences Center

Frequently Treated Problems:

• Stroke • Seizures • Confusional States

Associated Physicians:

• Steven T. Atkins, M.D. • R. Charles Fiore Jr., M.D. • Michael Puente, M.D. • Andrea Toomer, M.D.

Neurologist Michael Puente was born in Havana, Cuba and the story about how he arrived in the United States is one for the history books. It was 1961 and Dr. Puente was just two years old and was fortunate enough to be travelling on the last “freedom flight” leaving Cuba. His parents were already in the United States and he was travelling alone. When the plane landed in Miami, young Michael Puente was carried off the plane, into the arms of his mother. It was the perfect Mother’s Day present. Today, Dr. Puente is a leading neurologist at Culicchia Neurological Clinic.  He serves as Medical Director of the West Jefferson Medical Center Stroke Unit. Dr. Puente says diet plays a big role in the health issues we face today. “We think the high incidence of stroke has to do with our lifestyles,” Puente says. “That involves unhealthy foods, creamy sauces, fried foods, fatty foods, and the high rate of cigarette smoking, as well. We do our best to try to make people aware of the risk factors.” Dr. Puente says Culicchia Neurological Clinic has an active interest in vascular disease and is involved in various clinical studies for treatment of stroke. “One very important aspect of this clinic that differentiates us from other neurological groups in this area is that we have a multi-specialty neurological approach, meaning we have neurologists, neurosurgeons and interventional neuroradiologists all on staff so we can handle all aspects of cerebral vascular disease.”