Alexandra Riggs is in her second year of Pediatric Residency at the University of Oklahoma Children’s Hospital in Oklahoma City.  Alex grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and graduated from Saint Joseph’s Academy.  She attended Louisiana Tech University and received a Bachelor of Science in Biology
Though her father is an ER physician, Alex’s decision to pursue medicine came later than most. She originally chose to attend Louisiana Tech University to pursue a degree in Speech Language Pathology. It was not until her sophomore year in college that she changed her major to Biology and decided to apply to medical school. While in college, she enjoyed memberships in Union Board and her sorority, Phi Mu. She served as the Panhellenic President in 2011, which helped her to develop leadership and delegation skills. She participated in multiple primary care physician shadowing opportunities during college, helping to solidify her decision to pursue medicine. She was later accepted to LSU Medical School’s Class of 2016.
During medical school, Alex was initially interested in the field of OB-GYN. However, only a few weeks into her pediatrics rotation – her first of the year – she knew Pediatrics was the perfect fit! She loved the young, fun patients and variety of disease processes seen. She found her inpatient rotation to be especially educational and enjoyable. She then quickly became involved in the Pediatric Interest Group on campus. Additionally, she served as the director for “Camp Tiger,” a five day camp for local children with physical and mental disabilities, run 100% by medical students.
Alex is grateful for the enthusiasm and support from her family in friends. She currently resides in Oklahoma City with her husband Christopher, their dog Zooey, and their horse Picasso. In her free time, Alex enjoys horseback riding, gardening, watching The Bachelor, and spending time with her friends and family. She and her husband also enjoy rooting for the La Tech Bulldogs, LSU Tigers, New Orleans Saints, Chicago Bulls, and of course, OKC Thunder!
After residency, Alex is considering pursuing a fellowship in either Hospitalist Medicine or Emergency Medicine.