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phy-award-2014-webJuan J. Gershanik, MD has a long and distinguished record of service to his community and surrounding area, which includes obtaining his medical degree in Argentina in 1963 and coming to the United States for his training in pediatrics/neonatology and to head the Neonatology Section at the LSU School of Medicine in Shreveport in 1971 where he developed the first neonatal intensive care unit with an organized transport system for sick newborns. He moved to New Orleans in 1979 and served as the Director of Neonatology at Southern Baptist Hospital until 1993. In 2005, when Katrina struck New Orleans, he assisted in evacuating NICU babies to Woman's Hospital in Baton Rouge.

Currently he serves as the Medical Director of Newborn Services and is Vice-Chair of the Pediatrics Department at West Jefferson Parish Medical Center. He also serves as a clinic professor of pediatrics at the Tulane University School of Medicine, and his community service activities are highlighted by: his service on the Louisiana State Early Identification of Hearing Impaired Infants Advisory Council, the Louisiana Children's Trust Fund, the Latino Commission of the Louisiana Advisory Committee on Midwifery and serving as a member of the Advisory Council to the Deal of the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine; serving as President of the Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse of Greater New Orleans, being a member of the Bring Back New Orleans Cultural Committee, is a member of the March of Dimes, and acted as leader of medical teams that participated in trade commissions to Honduras, Panama, and Costa Rica; has received numerous awards by both Hispanic and Louisiana medical societies for his involvement in the community.

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    OPMS Members,

    Do you want to help improve the practice of medicine in Louisiana? Orleans Parish Medical Society wants to put your ideas into resolutions for the 2018 meeting of the Louisiana State Medical Society House of Delegates. Any solutions you suggest could become a new law or regulation to improve medical practice in Louisiana.

    Please email your ideas to OPMS jpittman@opms.org by Monday, October 30th.

    Thank you. -- Jim P.

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  • Joining Orleans Parish Medical Society just got EASIER! +

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    NOLA physicians, medical residents and medical students can now enroll or re-enroll online at OPMS.org.

    When it comes to providing healthcare, there's no U.S. city (or Louisiana city, for that matter) that has dealt with more unique environmental, sociological and cultural challenges than those experienced by New Orleans, its physicians and their patients. That's one reason why Orleans Parish Medical Society (OPMS) plays an important role in helping to support the needs of the city's

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  • In The Spotlight +

    Dr. Ricardo Febry, Internal Medicine Consultants, discussed Alzheimer's disease with host Leslie Snadowsky on United Health Foundation's 'Community Health Heroes'.

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  • Orleans Medical Society Alliance honors 50-year anniversaries at 2017 Doctors’ Day Celebration +

    On Sunday, March 19, 2017, Orleans Parish Medical Society Alliance honored Orleans Parish Medical Society members celebrating fifty years as medical doctors. The annual event took place at New Orleans Country Club.

    Mrs. Natalie Treadway, President, Orleans Medical Society Alliance, welcomed honorees and guests. Royce Dean Yount, MD, President, Orleans Parish Medical Society, assisted by George Ellis, MD, President-Elect, introduced and toasted the honorees. The 2017 honorees included: John O. Edmonds, Jr., MD, Calvin Johnson,
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  • OPMS Members: +

    In January 2017, the Louisiana State Medical Society (LSMS) House of Delegates voted to amend the LSMS Charter and Bylaws as they relate to their requirement for joint membership. Beginning on September 1, 2017, Orleans Parish Medical Society members will have a choice on how to spend annual membership dues. You may now choose to join either OPMS or LSMS or both.

    Membership in both organizations is encouraged but no longer required. The LSMS is

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  • Orleans Parish Medical Society appoints Jim Pittman as Executive Director +

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE , March 22, 2017

    Orleans Parish Medical Society appoints Jim Pittman as Executive Director

    NEW ORLEANS (March 20, 2017) -- Orleans Parish Medical Society (OPMS) has selected Jim Pittman to serve as its new Executive director. Pittman comes to OPMS with over 30 years of strategic health care, managed care and pharmaceutical marketing, public affairs and business development experience.

    "I'm excited to be working with Jim Pittman to help implement our strategic plan," said

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  • LSMS 2014 Hall of Fame Award +

    hall-of-fame-2014-web In recognition of his dedicated service in both elected and appointed positions that uniquely contributed to the welfare of the LSMS, Patrick C. Breaux, MD of New Orleans, be elected to the Hall of Fame of the Louisiana State Medical Society.

    Dr. Breaux received his BS degree from the University of Southwest Louisiana and medical degree from Tulane School of Medicine. He completed an Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine and Fellowship in Cardiovascular Diseases

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  • LSMS 2014 Physician Award for Community Service +

    phy-award-2014-web Juan J. Gershanik, MD has a long and distinguished record of service to his community and surrounding area, which includes obtaining his medical degree in Argentina in 1963 and coming to the United States for his training in pediatrics/neonatology and to head the Neonatology Section at the LSU School of Medicine in Shreveport in 1971 where he developed the first neonatal intensive care unit with an organized transport system for sick newborns. He moved to

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    dr-kleinpeter Dr. Myra A. Kleinpeter , Board Member and Chief of Staff of New Orleans East Hospital , was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Southern University with a Bachelor of Science in 1984 and then matriculated to Tulane University School of Medicine where she received a Doctor of Medicine degree in 1989. She also received a Master of Public Health from the Tulane School of Public Health in the same year. Dr.
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  • OPMS - Celebrates Doctors Day +

    Orleans Parish Medical Society Doctors Day was on March 16, 2014

    The Orleans Parish Medical Society and Orleans Medical Alliance held the annual Doctors Day Luncheon at the New Orleans Country Club, where society members celebrating their 50th year of graduation from medical school were applauded and honored Drs. Bernard M. Jaffe, Edwin H. Lawson Jr., Ralph C. Sagrera and Charles V. Sanders Jr., who were joined by their respective wives, Marlene, Sybil, Kathy and

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Seeking nominations for 2018 Officers and Councilors

Orleans Parish Medical Society (OPMS) officers and councilors are elected for a two year term. Those terms are coming to an end. We are seeking nominations for the terms which will begin in March 2018. OPMS officers and councilors play a vital role in helping us to achieve the following goals to...

Attention Members:

In January 2017, the Louisiana State Medical Society (LSMS) House of Delegates voted to amend the LSMS Charter and Bylaws as they relate to their requirement for joint membership. Beginning on September 1, 2017, Orleans Parish Medical Society members will have a choice on how to spend annual membership dues. You may now choose to join either OPMS or LSMS or both.

Membership in both organizations is encouraged but no longer required. The LSMS is the 17th state medical society to move away from the unified membership model, which was established in 1903. Additionally, each individual Parish Medical Society must determine their future relationship with LSMS by choosing to be designated as either a Chartered or an Affiliated Parish Society. After careful review and considerations of information and options provided by LSMS on "Local Independence", the Orleans Parish Medical Society board of directors has decided that OPMS will remain a "Chartered" Medical Society.

Re-enrolling in Orleans Parish Medical Society:
By October 1, 2017, you will be receiving information regarding re-enrollment in Orleans Parish Medical Society via mail and e-mail. We plan to make re-enrollment as simple as possible by providing stamp-addressed return envelopes and the option of enrolling using an electronic platform to re-enroll on the OPMS website, www.OPMS.org. We hope that you decide to remain an OPMS member and will encourage others to join as well. 

Follow updates from Orleans Parish Medical Society on social media:
Orleans Parish Medical Society now provides regular information and updates on Facebook and LinkedIn social media platforms. If you are not already, please follow OPMS on social media. In addition, we will also soon feature an OPMS Twitter handle and a OPMS LinkedIn discussion group.

If you have any questions about future enrollment in Orleans Parish Medical Society and our new social media platforms, please feel free to contact me at jpittman@OPMS.org. Have a great weekend! -- Jim P.