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Alumni Awards

Outstanding Alumnus Award

In 1999, the Ochsner Alumni Association began presenting an Outstanding Alumnus Award to a former resident. Frank A. Riddick, Jr., MD, presented the first award to Thomas E. Weiss, MD, at the 1999 Homecoming Banquet. Appropriately, the award is named the "Thomas E. Weiss, MD, Outstanding Alumnus Award." Nomination forms are sent to all Alumni to suggest an individual who has exemplified an outstanding job as a physician, colleague, and alumnus of Ochsner Clinic Foundation.

Thomas E. Weiss, M.D. Outstanding Alumnus Award – Past Recipients

  • Kendrick K. Jeong, M.D. 2015
  • Samuel R. Money, M.D. 2014
  • Bernard T. Ferrari, M.D. 2013
  • Congressman Charles W. Boustany, Jr., M.D. (Thoracic-Cardiovascular Surgery '86)
  • Gordon McFarland, M.D. (ORTHO '65) 2008
  • Myrddin “Merv” Rees, M.D. (GS ’82) 2007
  • Thomas P. Wood, M.D. (PATH ’67) 2006
  • John Cooksey, M.D. (OPTH ‘72) 2005
  • Daniel “Stormy” Johnson, M.D. (RAD ‘69) 2004
  • J. Byron Gathright, M.D. (CRS ‘63) 2003
  • Charles B. Wilson, M.D. (GS ‘60) 2002
  • Seymour F. Ochsner, M.D. (RAD ‘53) 2001
  • John E. Ray, M.D. (CRS ‘53) 2000
  • Thomas E. Weiss, M.D. (GIM ‘47) 1999

Outstanding Fellow

  • Tracey L. Henry, M.D. 2014
  • George Gilly, M.D. 2013
  • Nicholas Forth, M.D. 2011
  • Ryan P. McDonald, M.D. 2007

Ochsner Alumni Society

The Ochsner Alumni Society is an exclusive inner circle organized in spring 2000. The Society represents motivated individuals who by their philanthropic donations and/or years of outstanding service to Ochsner are part of this elite group.

Lifetime membership dues are placed in a permanently endowed fund with only the interest used for Alumni activities. The cost is a one-time fee of $1,000. Lifetime Members are a part of the inner society, which also includes Outstanding Alumni and Honorary Alumni.

Chairman
Devinder S. Bhatia, M.D. (Houston, TX)
TCV 1995 and GS 1997

Honorary Alumni

The Ochsner Alumni Association of the Ochsner Clinic Foundation began a tradition in 2000 to honor faculty members for outstanding service over the years. The Ochsner Alumni Association designates these individuals as Honorary Alumni.

  • James Arens, M.D.
  • David E. Beck, M.D.
  • Ralph B. Bergeron, M.D.
  • Lawrence Blonde, M.D.
  • Edward I. Bluth, M.D.
  • John S. Bolton, M.D.
  • John C. Bowen, M.D.
  • William Brannan, M.D.
  • Alan Burshell, M.D.
  • R. Brent Butcher III, M.D.
  • Edward S. Connolly, MD
  • Walter Culpepper, M.D.
  • John O. Dampeer, Jr., M.D.
  • Michael E. DeBakey, M.D.
  • Paul DeCamp, M.D.
  • Adolphus William Dunn, M.D.
  • Rudolph H. Ehrensing, M.D.
  • Donald T. Erwin, M.D.
     
  • Thomas G. Ferguson, M.D.
  • Edward D. Frohlich, M.D.
  • William L. Geary, MD
  • Larry Hollier, MD
  • Francis E. Lejeune, Sr., MD
  • William Locke, M.D.
  • William M.P. McKinnon, M.D.
  • Noel Mills, MD
  • John L. Ochsner, M.D.
  • George A. Pankey, M.D.
  • George H. Porter III, M.D.
  • Richard Re, M.D.
  • Frank A. Riddick, Jr., M.D.
  • Michael Sullivan, M.D.
  • Cliff H. Van Meter, Sr., M.D.
  • Susan Vogel, M.D.
  • Thom Zimmerman, M.D.

Lifetime Members

Beginning in 1999, an option to be a Lifetime Dues Member became available to all Alumni of Ochsner. Lifetime dues are placed permanently in an endowed fund with only the annual earnings used for Alumni activities. The following individuals have chosen to be Lifetime Dues Members of the Ochsner Alumni Association. 

  • David Anderson, M.D. (OPH 1978)
  • Charles Bahn, M.D. (GI 1957)
  • David Baldone, M.D. (ANES 1996)
  • Charles Belleau, M.D. (ANES 1961)
  • Devinder Bhatia, M.D. (TCV 1995 & GS 1997)
  • Ethel Boagni, M.D. (ANES 1959)
  • Steven Bockian, M.D. (FP 1995)
  • Kirk Bonner, M.D. (IM 2002)
  • Jason Breaux, M.D. (GS 2003)
  • Melvin Butler, M.D. (IM 1995)
  • Charles Campbell, M.D. (OPH 1973)
  • Jose F. Carrazco, M.D. (PED 1984)
  • Robert Carter, M.D. (UROL 1961)
  • David Chamberlain, M.D. (OPH 1994)
  • Edward R. Chiasson, M.D. (GS 1982)
  • Wayland Coppedge, Jr., M.D. (ANES 1949)
  • John Culpepper, M.D. (GS 1963)
  • David Davila, M.D. (IM 1988)
  • Alonzo Diodene, M.D. (GS 1969)
  • Roy DiVittorio, M.D. (MRI 2005)
  • Kenneth Duff, M.D. (ORTHO 1948)
  • John Emison, M.D. (GS 1989)
  • Deanna Facundus Karl, M.D. (RAD 1993)
  • Edward Facundus, M.D. (GS 1995)
  • Daniel P. Featherston, M.D. (IM 1984)
  • Alfredo Fernandez, M.D. (GS 1986)
  • Melanie Fidler, M.D. (RAD 1996)
  • Melissa Fischer, M.D. (IM 1996)
  • Carrie Folse, M.D. (IM 1988)
  • Christopher Fontenot, M.D. (UROL 1999)
  • Harold Fuselier, M.D. (UROL 1974)
  • Michael Garr, M.D. (IM 1991)
  • Daniel Gadzala, M.D. (GS 1996)
  • Michael Garcia, M.D. (GS 1994)
  • Julia Garcia Diaz, M.D. (ID 1998)
  • Lois H. Gesn, M.D. (PED 1987)
  • James Gilmore, M.D. (TCV 1987)
  • Lloyd Godley, M.D. (CARD 1966)
  • Richard F. Graham, M.D. (OS 1973)
  • Ernest Graves III, M.D. (GS 1988)
  • Lawrence Grey, M.D. (UROL 1985)
  • Albert Gros, M.D. (ANES 2006)
  • Brian Harper, M.D. (OPH 1981)
  • Margaret R. Hayden, M.D. (IM 1991)
  • Steven I. Hightower, M.D. (RAD 1981)
  • Waldo Holt, M.D. (GIM 1955)
  • Ashit Jain, M.D. (CARD 1992)
  • Michael Jennings, M.D. (ANES 1993)
  • Susan Julius, M.D. (FP 2000)
  • William Kalchoff, M.D. (TCV 1982)
  • Richard Kline, M.D. (OBGYN 1984)
  • Michael Knight, M.D. (PSYCH 1998)
  • Ludovic Lasquety, M.D. (GS 1999)
  • Carl Lavie, M.D. (IM 1986)
  •  Thomas Lavin, M.D. (GS 1995)
  • Philip L. Leggett, M.D. (GS 1985)
  • Thomas LeTard, M.D. (ANES 1989)
  • Joseph Linn, M.D. (OBGYN 1977)
  • Sheri Longo, M.D. (OBGYN 1994)
  • John R. Maddox, M.D. (GS 1963)
  • Gholamreza Malek, M.D. (RAD 1999)
  • Jeffrey Manord, M.D. (GS 1999)
  • R. Carrington Mason, M.D. (UROL 1997)
  • Colleen McCloy, M.D. (GS 1999)
  • Glenora McCoy, M.D. (IM 1983)
  • P. Michael McFadden, M.D. (TCV 1981)
  • Kevin McMullen, M.D. (GS 1991)
  • Leon McVay, M.D. (RAD 1987)
  • Manuel Moran, M.D. (CRS 1993)
  • Rebekah Moss-Fletcher, M.D. (OPH 1986)
  • Edgardo Mucha, M.D. (CARD 1969)
  • Lisa Murcko, M.D. (GS 1990)
  • Edmund Nagem, M.D. (TCV 1979)
  • Thomas Naslund, M.D. (VS 1992)
  • Soheir Nawas, M.D. (PATH 1979)
  • Claude Nesser, M.D. (CARD 1985)
  • Minh Nguyen, M.D. (CARD 1990)
  • Mangesh Oza, M.D. (IM 2001)
  • Poornanand Palaparty, M.D. (HEM 1983)
  • Daniel Palomino, M.D. (RAD 1999)
  • James Penoff, M.D. (GS 1968)
  • James W. Penuel, M.D. (GASTRO 1982)
  • Calvin Peters, M.D. (GS 1972)
  • Carol Ann Phillips, M.D. (IM 1975)
  • Thomas Phillips, M.D. (ANES 2006)
  • Taylor Pickett, M.D. (TCV 1996)
  • Carmen Posada-Pepper, M.D. (PED 1958)
  • Marilyn Ray, M.D. (IM 1978)
  • Charles Renninger, M.D. (RAD1968)
  • John Renz, M.D. (RAD 1992)
  • David Roberts, M.D. (GS 1980)
  • Shannon Roberts, M.D. (OBGYN 2002)
  • Howard Robertson, M.D. (CRS 1980)
  • John Romer, M.D. (RAD 1981)
  • Admitya K. Samal, M.D. (CARD 2002)
  • Gayle Rutherford, M.D. (RET 1999)
  • Atiya Samal, M.D. (CARD 2002)
  • Marc R. Sanders, M.D. (OPH 1993)
  • Sam Sawyer, M.D. (GS 1986)
  • Richard R. Schulze Jr, M.D. (OPH 1994)
  • Michael Seligson, M.D. (OPH 1995)
  • Alan Sheen, M.D. (IM 1976)
  • Naglaa Shourbaji, M.D. (PED 1982)
  • Murray Y. Silver, M.D. (GIM 1948)
  • A. David Simkin, M.D. (IM 1976)
  • Sukir Sinnathamby, M.D. (CARD 1997)
  • C. R. Skinner, M.D. (VS 1980)
  • Alan Smith, M.D. (OPH 1986)
  • Stephen E. Smith, M.D. (OPH 1998)
  • Stover Smith, M.D. (RAD 1968)
  • Mark Stephan, M.D. (RAD 1986)
  • Michael Sweeney, M.D. (GS 1983)
  • Quan Tran, M.D. (GS 2006)
  • Michael C. Trotter, M.D. (TCV 1995)
  • Erik Van Rens, M.D. (OPH 1992)
  • Richard Vanlangendonck, M.D. (UROL 2002)
  • Susan Vaught, M.D. (GIM 1996)
  • Hector Ventura, M.D. (CARD 1989)
  • Cong Vo, M.D. (NEO 1982)
  • F. Blake Walker, M.D. (RAD 2007)
  • Thomas Weed, M.D. (GS 1982)
  • J. Christian Winters, M.D. (UROL 1994)
  • L. Shawn Wong, M.D. (OPH 1993)
  • Thomas Wood, M.D. (PATH 1967)
  • Suzanne Wooldridge, M.D. (RAD 1989)
  • George Yarbro, M.D. (GS 1977)
  • Charles Young, M.D. (OPH 1984)