Mary Payne, MD graduated from medical school in 2002 from Louisiana State University. She then continued with a pediatric residency at Tulane University followed by a child neurology fellowship at Children’s Hospital of New Orleans. She has been faculty in the department of Neurology at Marshall School of Medicine since 2008. She treats patients with epilepsy, developmental delays, headaches as well as a myriad of pediatric neurology issues. Her research interests include neurodevelopment in infants born exposed to opiates and she coordinates multidisciplinary clinics for children born drug exposed. She also has a quality improvement study at her hospital reducing number of CT scans performed in children in the emergency room setting for mild brain injuries. Improving the developmental needs of children in the state is another area of interest for her, as she sits on the Early Childhood Advisory Council, appointed by the Governor. She has traveled with the CDC to study baby exposed to Zika in utero also. She teaches students and residents in the departments of neurology and pediatrics and supervises students and residents in the outpatient and inpatient settings.