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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, MD, Richard H. Morse, MD., Roy S. Weiner, MD, Harold A Fuselier, Jr., MD, Christopher D. Meyers, MD, Thomas Naugle, Jr., MD.

    The Doctors Day Celebration Committee consisted of: Mrs. Joan Albright, Mrs. Janice Foulks, Mrs. Irene Klinger, Mrs. Louise Ritter, Mrs. Georgia Smith, Mrs. Natalie Treadway and Mrs. Meredith Yount.


    Standing (left to right): Mrs. Natalie Treadway, President, Orleans Medical Society Alliance; Christopher D. Meyers, MD; Harold A Fuselier, Jr., MD; Thomas Naugle, Jr., MD; Mrs. Sarah Kreutziger, President, Louisiana State Medical Society Alliance. Seated: John O. Edmonds, Jr., MD; and Richard H. Morse, MD.

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


    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 Royce Dean Yount, MD, OPMS President. "He's well suited to help Orleans Parish Medical Society meet the challenges of delivering health care in the New Orleans area."

    Founded in 1878, the mission of OPMS is 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.

    As Executive Director, Pittman will work closely with Orleans Parish Medical Society leadership to identify, develop and pursue strategic initiatives to:

    • serve as the local and regional voice of physicians and patients;
    • serve the professional needs of physicians;
    • develop strategic alliances to improve the public's health; and
    • manage the operational aspects of the association.

    About Orleans Parish Medical Society:
    Orleans 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. For additional information about Orleans Parish Medical Society visit

    About Jim Pittman:
    A native of the Greater New Orleans area, Jim Pittman has directed successful campaigns for public, private and non-profit organizations -- contributing to start-ups, product launches, turnarounds, and public offerings. He has developed and implemented strategy for: Ochsner Health Plan, Peoples Health, Archdiocese of New Orleans Catholic Charities and Catholic Schools, LHC Group, AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, West Jefferson Medical Center, Kushner Heart Clinic, JEDCO, Tenet Healthcare, Daughters of Charity Health Centers and the launch of St. Bernard Parish Hospital.

    Since January 2014, Pittman has served as an advocate and spokesperson for the Smoking Cessation Trust. He currently serves on the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Louisiana Advocacy Leadership Committee and has recently been appointed to the Advisory Board for the Alzheimer's Association Louisiana Chapter.

    Jim Pittman is a graduate of Holy Cross High School and the University of New Orleans.

    For additional information about Jim Pittman, visit


    Media Contact: Jim Pittman | 504-583-5862 |

  • LSMS 2014 Hall of Fame Award +

    hall-of-fame-2014-webIn 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 at Charity Hospital, Tulane Division.

    He is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Diseases. He is a Fellow in the American College of Cardiology and the American College of Physicians. Dr. Breaux specializes in consultative cardiology. He has been on the Ochsner staff since 2005 and is Section Head of Consultative and Non Invasive Cardiology. He currently practices at Ochsner Medical Center - New Orleans and Ochsner Heart & Vascular Health Center - New Orleans East. Dr. Breaux is past President of the Louisiana Chapter of the American College of Cardiology and has served on the Board of Governors of the American College of Cardiology. He is past President of the Orleans Parish Medical Society and past President of the Louisiana State Medical Society. He is on the Board of Louisiana Emergency Response Network and the Advisory Board of the Patient Compensation Fund. He is Vice President of Ochsner MSOC/SEC and Medical Director of Cardiology of Ochsner Medical Center – New Orleans. He has been named Tulane Medicine Department AOA Community Teacher of the Year. He is listed as a Top Doctor in cardiovascular diseases in New Orleans Magazine and Louisiana Life Magazine.Dr. Breaux is a Veteran and enjoys gardening, fishing, hunting and cooking.

  • LSMS 2014 Physician Award for Community Service +

    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.

  • Physician Spotlight +

    dr-kleinpeterDr. 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. Kleinpeter went on to complete an Internal Medicine Internship and Residency at Tulane University School of Medicine where she achieved the status of Chief Resident in 1992. Dr. Kleinpeter finished a Fellowship in Nephrology in 1995 at Tulane, and began her journey as a professor at Tulane University School of Medicine.

    Today, Dr. Kleinpeter continues to teach at Tulane University School of Medicine as well as Xavier University of Louisiana College of Pharmacy. She has over 30 publications to date and has won several awards including being named one of America's Top Physicians, the Community Service Award for the Louisiana State Medical Society, and the Louisiana Unsung Hero Award. Most recently, Dr. Kleinpeter received the Julio Figueroa Award, which is presented to an individual or organization that has provided long-standing participation, exemplary service and outstanding leadership to the National Kidney Foundation of Louisiana.

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