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  • Doctors’ Day Celebration +

    Congrats to the following Orleans Parish Medical Society members celebrating 50 years as physicians at the Orleans Medical Society Alliance’s Annual ‘Doctors’ Day Celebration’: (sitting left to right) Larry Hollier, M.D.; Raoult Ratard, M.D.; (standing) Philip Daroca, M.D.; Roger Smith, M.D.; Hebert Marks, M.D.; Kenneth Adatto, M.D..

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    Roger Smith, MD, (center) ‘03 President, Orleans Parish Medical Society, was honored on Sunday, April 22, 2018, for 50 years as a physician by George Ellis, MD (left) 2018-‘19 President, and Royce Dean Yount, MD, 2016-‘17 President, at the Orleans Medical Society Alliance annual ‘Doctors’ Day Celebration’.

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  • ‘Meet-And-Greet’ AMA President-Elect Barbara McAneny, MD +

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    Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 6 PM - 8 PM

    New Orleans Area physicians and medical students gathered last night for a "Meet-And-Greet" and presentations from health experts featuring from left to right: John Wales, MD, President, Jefferson Parish Medical Society (JPMS); Barbara McAneny, MD, President-Elect, American Medical Association; Jay Kaplan, MD, FACEP, Medical Director of Care Transformation, LCMC Health; Hallet Watz, MD, Chief Medical and Compliance Officer, MedData; and George Ellis, MD, President, Orleans Parish Medical Society (OPMS).

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    Orleans Parish Medical Society (OPMS) and Jefferson Parish Medical Society (JPMS) will host a ‘Meet-And-Greet’ for members and prospective with the American Medical Association's new president-elect, Barbara L. McAneny, MD. The event will take place at LCMS Health's new Conference Center located on the Children's Hospital New Orleans campus, 200 State Street, New Orleans, LA 70118.

    After a brief reception, Dr. McAneny and a panel of local health experts will discuss the mental health challenges that impact the United States and the Greater New Orleans Area. All OPMS and JPMS members and prospective members are invited to attend the event on Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 6 PM - 8 PM.


    Interested physicians and medical students are encouraged to RSVP at

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  • Dr. George S. Ellis, Jr., begins his term as President of Orleans Parish Medical Society and welcomes six new board members +

    Dr Ellis pic 250NEW ORLEANS, LA, February 1, 2018 - George S. Ellis, Jr., MD, has begun his two-year term as President of Orleans Parish Medical Society (OPMS) this month and welcomes six new board members. Dr. Ellis served as president-elect from 2016 through 2017. He replaces Royce Dean Yount, MD, cardiologist, who served as President from 2016 through 2017.

    Dr. Ellis is an ophthalmologist who specializes in Pediatric Eye Diseases and Adult Strabismus. After completing a residency in Ophthalmology at the Duke University Eye Center, he received specialized training in his chosen field with Drs. Zane Pollard, Marshall Parks, David Guyton, and Clinton McCord. In 1995, after 12 years on full time faculties at the LSU Eye Center and the Tulane University Department of Ophthalmology, he assumed the Directorship of Ophthalmology at Children’s Hospital New Orleans.

    In addition to beginning has term as president, Dr. Ellis welcomes new Orleans Parish Medical Society board members:

    • Ann E. Borreson, MD, LOTR, allergy-immunology, Ochsner Health System

    • John F. Heaton, MD, MMM, Chief Medical Officer, LCMC Health and Children’s Hospital New Orleans

    • William S. LaCorte, MD, primary care/internal medicine, Ochsner Health System

    • Mehdi Qalbani, MD, psychiatry/forensic psychiatry, Integrated Behavioral Health, LLC

    • Michael L. Wheelis, MD, FACEP, emergency/industrial medicine, West Jefferson Industrial Medicine

    • Shana Zucker, MD/MPH/MS candidate, Tulane University School of Medicine

    Founded in 1878, the mission of Orleans Parish Medical Society remains to serve as the voice of and advocate for the medical profession in the Greater New Orleans area for the benefit of patients and the community, and as a primary proponent of the ethical practice of medicine.

    “I’m excited about this opportunity to serve as president. Orleans Parish Medical Society has always played an important role in helping to support the unique needs of physicians and their patients in the Greater New Orleans area,” said Dr. George Ellis, Jr., President, OPMS.

    “I look forward to welcoming our six new board members and encourage all New Orleans area physicians, residents and medical students to join us in our mission to better the healthcare of the people in our region." said Dr. Ellis.

    "A strong vibrant membership is key to influencing healthcare decisions and an effective OPMS."

    Dr. Ellis has special interest in infant vision testing and in the diagnosis and treatment of Ptosis, Strabismus, Amblyopia, and Lachrymal Obstruction. He enjoys the training of residents and students, both Medical and Orthoptic. In recognition of his contributions to both Tulane and LSU Medical Schools, he holds the rank of Clinical Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and Pediatrics.

    Dr. Ellis has been involved in multiple medical and ophthalmological organizations. He has served as President of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS); the American Eye Study Club; the Southern Medical Association; the Louisiana-Mississippi Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology Society; the New Orleans Academy of Ophthalmology; and the American Orthoptic Council. He has also served as Chair of the Section of Ophthalmology of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), Chair of the Department of Surgery at Children’s Hospital of New Orleans, and incoming President of the Louisiana Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons.

    About Orleans Parish Medical Society:

    Throughout its history, Orleans Parish Medical Society has served as a thought leader and resource in improving population health and health outcomes in New Orleans. OPMS provides members with community engagement, CME and CE opportunities as well as information and seminars on topics related to practice management, policy and health care trends. In addition, OPMS offers physicians ample opportunity to network and socialize with peers.

    Orleans Parish Medical Society’s heritage is rich and woven into the fabric of New Orleans. Its impact has been felt in the public health arena as a leader in polio eradication, the smoking cessation movement, and EMS protocol development and oversight. In the medical practice environment, OPMS, together with the Louisiana State Medical Society, has advocated for significant legislative and regulatory reform to help physicians address the changes which have come with third party insurance and government mandates.

    "Physicians, residents and medical students interested in joining Orleans Parish Medical Society are encouraged to visit our website, and sign up. On behalf of our Board, we would love to welcome you to the organization." - said Dr. Ellis.

    To enroll, renew membership or for additional information about Orleans Parish Medical Society (OPMS) visit Follow news information and updates about OPMS on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter (@OrleansParishMS).


    Contact: Jim Pittman, executive director, Orleans Parish Medical Society,

  • Your Opinion Counts +


    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 by Monday, October 30th.

    Thank you. -- Jim P.

  • 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

    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 physicians.


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