OFFICES & CANDIDATES

Please read about your LSA colleagues running for office. Ask yourself if they are qualified,
if they are the best person to represent your interests and our specialty today and into the future for Louisiana.

Director Private Practice


1 Laurie Kolder McCormic, MD
2 Lisa Perez, MD
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Director VA Practice


1 William Ericson-Neilsen, MD
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Director Southwestern District


1 Kyle Nester, MD
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Director Acadiana District


1 Julie Broussard, MD, FASA
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Director Baton Rouge District


1 Beau Bergeron, MD
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Director Shreveport District


1 J. Arthur Saus, MD, FASA
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Director Northeastern District


1 Ezekiel James Wetzel, MD, FASA
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Director Orleans District


1 Liane Germond, MD
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Director Jefferson District


1 David Sumrall, MD, FASA
2 Jimmie Colon, MD, FASA
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Director Northshore District


1 Matthew Miller
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PRESIDENT

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Joseph Koveleskie, MD, FASA
Ochsner Health System
Position: President

Joseph Koveleskie has been the LSA President since Jan 2018 and currently practices at Ochsner Medical Center on the liver transplant service.

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Joseph Koveleskie, MD, FASA
Ochsner Health System
Position: President

PAC DONATIONS

Dear LSA member,

I am running for re-election to the office of LSA President. This would be my second term. I humbly ask for your support and your vote. This just concluded two year term was the first time I have been in a real leadership position in any organization. In the first year I attempted to learn, to maintain the direction and to carry on the excellent work that Kraig de Lanzac had achieved in his terms as LSA President. In this past year I have tried to be more proactive and move our organization forward a bit. Here are a few things that the Society has done recently:

Update to LSA Bylaws overwhelmingly approved by LSA membership. One of the main outcomes is to add three new seats to the LSA Board – one for the VA, one for the academic, and one for the private practice points of view. These additional voices should bring beneficial ideas and new representation to our Society.

Term limits introduced to encourage more members to participate in leading the Society.

Janna Pecquet, the Executive Director of LSA, and I are working to have better records and a better website for LSA so that new Board members, officers and the general membership can access relevant information about our organization beyond just the word of mouth that is passed on by other members.

Kudos to Kraig de Lanzac, Janna Pecquet, Kierstin Lund, and Julie Broussard, who helped put on two more successful Louisiana Anesthesiology annual meetings in 2018 and 2019. Each year we have managed to make a small profit while bringing to you relevant national speakers in an enjoyable and educational experience. Louisiana Anesthesiology 2020 on Saturday April 18 promises to be another great meeting, but only if YOU plan on attending! This year’s meeting is expanding by having nationally renowned airway guru Will Rosenblatt from Yale give us his great AOD – Airway on Demand course on Sunday April 19. I have taken his course in the past and it is well worth the price of admission. See you there?

We put out the “Medical Student Takeover Edition of the LSA Newsletter” in September 2019. I hope you had a chance to read it. The medical students did a great job. They are the future of our specialty, and by involving them early both in clinical situations and in advocacy I firmly believe we will improve our ability to promote physician led anesthesia care going forward.

And finally, your LSA won a very important honor in 2019. ASA created a new Component Society Recognition Award which LSA won for advancements in outreach and engagement the the LSA Ambassadors Program, a program started by Kraig de Lanzac. The LSA was honored several times during the ASA annual meeting in Orlando FL as one of the winners of the 2019 ASA Component Society Recognition Award Program.

There are no two ways about it, our profession faces tremendous future challenges. But I remain cautiously optimistic. Every initiative that I have seen ASA and LSA take on has resulted in significant successes. As an issue comes up, the organization faces it, a plan is made, and then the plan is executed. And to be honest, those successes have come with relatively few members participating. PAC and signature campaigns typically have well less than 50% participation, often even less then 25% of the membership. Physically going to Baton Rouge or Washington D.C. to speak directly legislators is even worse with only at best the same small handful of members participating. And yet we have been relatively successful! I think you can see why I am optimistic. If we can have reasonable success with such low participation, then we have the potential for great improvement. The only way I see our specialty losing the advocacy battles we face is if members give up and don’t show up for the battle. When we show up, we win. Please participate, and DON’T EVER GIVE UP!

Who you vote for in these LSA elections will help determine if our advocacy initiatives succeed or fail. I urge you to vote for candidates that can clearly say they support and have consistently demonstrated support in the past for the advocacy values that will maintain and advance the practice of physician led anesthesiology practice.

Check out the picture of my kids and I when we took a little detour on vacation last summer to see the Crawford Long museum in Jefferson GA.

Sincerely,
Joseph Koveleskie, MD, FASA

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ASA Recognition Award

ASA DIRECTOR

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David Broussard, MD, FASA
Ochsner Health System
Position: ASA Director – Louisiana

I am excited to be running for re-election as your ASA Director from Louisiana. Members have told us in repeated surveys that advocacy should be THE top priority of our professional societies. Another term of service as your Director puts me in the best position to apply the relationships and knowledge gained in approximately 20 years of advocacy on behalf of our profession for the benefit of our patients.

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David Broussard, MD, FASA
Ochsner Health System
Position: ASA Director – Louisiana

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I am excited to be running for re-election as your ASA Director from Louisiana. Members have told us in repeated surveys that advocacy should be THE top priority of our professional societies. Another term of service as your Director puts me in the best position to apply the relationships and knowledge gained in approximately 20 years of advocacy on behalf of our profession for the benefit of our patients. I took specific action, even in the 2019 state legislative session, calling upon my years of service as Chair of the Council on Legislation of the Louisiana State Medical Society, to help defeat a bill that would have put patients at considerable risk of harm. In addition to the advocacy work, I have been effective as a Director in helping Louisiana members gain appointments onto ASA Committees. This is facilitated by my tenure on the board and previous service as Chair of a Board Review Committee and the Southern Caucus. I look forward to continuing to advocate for the careers of Louisiana Anesthesiologists in my next term as your Director!

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Julie Broussard, MD, FASA
Parish Anesthesia of Lafayette
Position: Acadiana Director &
ASA Director – LA/Alternate Director

I am running for my second term as Acadiana District LSA Representative and also for the Louisiana Director/Alternate Director Representative to the ASA. I am currently in my second year as the ASA Alternate Director and am very eager for the opportunity to continue representing our society’s needs on the national level. I have been the board representative for the Acadiana Division of LSA since 2015 and have been a member of LSA since my return to Louisiana from Texas in 2012.

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Julie Broussard, MD, FASA
Parish Anesthesia of Lafayette
Position: Acadiana Director &
ASA Director – LA/Alternate Director

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Dear LSA Member,

Hello all! I am running for my second term as Acadiana District LSA Representative and also for the Louisiana Director/Alternate Director Representative to the ASA. I am currently in my second year as the ASA Alternate Director and am very eager for the opportunity to continue representing our society’s needs on the national level. I have been the board representative for the Acadiana Division of LSA since 2015 and have been a member of LSA since my return to Louisiana from Texas in 2012.

My most rewarding times with the LSA have been my involvement with the annual meeting planning for the past five years, especially in leading our team for exhibitor fundraising. Not including this 2020 meeting, we have raised over $100,000 solely from exhibitor fees to put back into our building our society. I have enjoyed working closely with Joe Koveleskie, Kraig de Lanzac and Kierstin Lund, and of course with the glue that holds us together, Janna Pecquet, on building a more successful meeting every year. For the last four years I have also been the chairman of the LSA-PAC and have been working with our board to continually encourage member involvement in advocacy for our profession.

My latest LSA project that I am most excited about, has been in developing the Louisiana Women in Anesthesia Group as an official committee of the LSA. We now have a logo, mission statement and have our first meeting planned during our annual LSA meeting. I am so very hopeful about this developing guild. My vision is that it becomes a resource and outlet for the specific needs of the women in our society for many years to come and works as an invitation for more of their involvement in the LSA.

I’m running for a dual position as Acadiana District representative and ASA Director or alternate because I want to remain an active and involved member in our state component society while exploring the opportunities of the ASA. I have been alternate director for this past year, and it has opened my eyes to the vast amount of hardworking anesthesiologists that are just as dedicated as I am to making our profession stronger. Both David Broussard and Kraig de Lanzac have done a remarkable job of being the ASA Director and I would like to follow in those footsteps to actively represent my beloved state of Louisiana. It is truly a privilege to have the opportunity to represent our anesthesiologists with “roots in the boot”!

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Brett Arron, MD, FASA
LSU Health New Orleans
Position: ASA Director– LA/Alternate Director

My name is Brett Arron and I practice at the University Medical Center in New Orleans. I trained at Tulane (Internal Medicine) and LSU (Anesthesiology). I am running for Alternate Director/Director and ask for your vote.

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Brett Arron, MD, FASA
LSU Health New Orleans
Position: ASA Director– LA/Alternate Director

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Dear Friends and Colleagues:

My name is Brett Arron and I practice at the University Medical Center in New Orleans. I trained at Tulane (Internal Medicine) and LSU (Anesthesiology). I am running for Alternate Director/Director and ask for your vote. I have years of successful experience as RI component society President, Director on the ASA Board and other leadership roles. Julia and I returned to Louisiana where I trained and practiced. I have worked closely with LSA’s dedicated leadership team on a national level. Louisiana has made great strides forward as a Society on the national front in ASA and I would like to help continue with the forward momentum.

Julia and I have enjoyed my return to New Orleans after helping siblings care for our parents. We both love the culture, food and warm weather. My experiences in our specialty range wide from solo practice, private practice in groups, and academic practices. I have helped merge groups, set up fair call schedules and set up billing systems. Once as a chairman, I also helped set up a cardiac surgery program. I have served on several Louisiana medical (med-mal) review panels. I successfully advocated that the anesthesiologists were blameless if the hospitals’ nurses did not follow the physician anesthesiologist’s orders. What I enjoy most is teaching residents and medical students. A close second is sailing, or fishing, scuba and flying.

In 2005, I served the Rhode Island Component Society as the Educational Coordinator. We put on the first ultrasound guided regional anesthesia course in Southern New England. Rising through the leadership to Society President, I spearheaded the successful opposition in our legislature to prevent adaption of nurse anesthetists’ legislation to win independent hospital practice. On the ASA Board level, I was elected to serve as the Vice Chairman of the New England Caucus and served on the ASA President’s ad hoc Committee on Elections and various ASA committees.

Advocacy, locally and nationally, is very important for a relatively small specialty such as ours. We either have to spend the time or support those who speak for us. Making time to attend ASA Legislative conferences and being part of the teams advocating and educating Congressman and Senators is a responsibility I was able to shoulder because of the support of my partners.

This January, I suggested and helped formulate clinical guidance from the ASA for anesthesiologists who may be called to care for patients with novel corona virus infections, COVID-19. That resource was referenced on ASA President Mary Dale Peterson’s Monday Morning Outreach and is available on the ASA Committee “work product” section of ASA’s webspace under Committee on Occupational Health.
No matter where we live and work, locally, regionally and nationally, we share common interests. We want the freedom and resources to take great care of our patients and wish fair compensation for our time and efforts to support our families Neither of these are guaranteed nor do they occur in a vacuum. There are two serious issues that have recently boiled to the surface and one on the near horizon. Surprise medical billing legislation which the insurance companies hope to leverage to drive down insurance payments to anesthesiologists and President Trump’s order to CMS that all nurses be allowed to practice at the “top of their (nursing) licenses”. This is the code phrase nursing boards use to justify independent medical practice by nurses, which will include nurse anesthetists. CMS is developing a comment period for these regulatory changes. “Medicare for all” is almost as bad for our specialty unless the Medicare rate paid per anesthesia time unit is adjusted up from 20% to at least 80% of the commercial insurance rates. Legislation is easier to influence than a Presidential directive.

We are stronger together, making the best use of everyone’s unique capabilities, participating when and where you can or in supporting those who can make time to serve. Securing our future is not an event but a process of coordinated, concerted effort over time. As an LSA and ASA member, you recognize through your membership and PAC contributions the importance of this engagement and the educational benefits ASA can offer you. ASA’s representatives, our volunteer colleague’s advocacy on national quasi government boards have increased each of our annual reimbursement for medical care by $25,000 annually for the last 7 – 8 years.

Thank you for your support of ASA and the LSA leadership and thank you for investing your hard-earned capital in the form of dues and PAC contributions to build our shared future.

I am offering my time and experience in helping build our future, train the next generation and guide our national organization down the paths that will best serve all of us. I promise I will continue to earn your support in advocating for you, our specialty and our patients’ best interests. I am asking for your support and vote.

SECRETARY/TREASURER

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Dominic S Carollo, MD, FASA
Ochsner Health System
Position: Secretary/Treasurer

I have been in the background, patiently donating to ASAPAC at the Chairman Level for 4 consecutive years. Supporting those that were completing the mission of the LSA to ensure the physician lead practice of anesthesia continues in Louisiana.

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Dominic S Carollo, MD, FASA
Ochsner Health System
Position: Secretary/Treasurer

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A past ASA president was invited to speak at a conference I was leading in New Orleans many years ago. Dr. Plagenhoef was speaking at the Gulf Atlantic Anesthesia Resident Research conference. As we all know, Dr. Plagenhoef is an inspirational speaker, and on this particular morning he motivated me to get involved. However, according to him, getting involved did not just mean going to meet with congressman and legislative conferences, it could also mean supporting those that would speak to these important lawmakers. This was the path that I chose until now. I have been in the background, patiently donating to ASAPAC at the Chairman Level for 4 consecutive years. Supporting those that were completing the mission of the LSA to ensure the physician lead practice of anesthesia continues in Louisiana.

I am now ready to get off the bench. I was patiently waiting for the proper board positions to become available. While I was on contributing my money and time to support others, I have been attending the ASA annual meeting as an alternate delegate. This led to a position on the Committee on Ethics and eventually a Teller position in the House of Delegates. I have been listening to the issues and prepared to lead Louisiana into the next phase. The Committee on Ethics position is important because the ASA is contemplating changing it. I have worked diligently to not weaken the statement.

Within our LSA, I have gotten involved at the grassroot level with our ASAPAC donation drives. We dipped two years ago and last year I started to contact previous donators and we increased our financial contributions to the ASAPAC. While this was just a small step, it was a beginning in getting us back to national prominence in ASAPAC contributions. As secretary/treasurer, my plan is to create a database of leaders in every practice that can ensure all of their issues are being discussed. Then we can utilize that resource to ensure the proper support of the PACs.

I hope to be available to all members for questions about my candidacy. Please feel free to call me at any time. I hope that I can have your support.

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J. Arthur Saus, MD, FASA
LSU Health Sciences Center
Position: Shreveport Director

After serving as the Shreveport Louisiana representative to the LSA Board of Directors for multiple years, I’m asking for your support as I run for the office of Secretary/Treasurer.

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J. Arthur Saus, MD, FASA
LSU Health Sciences Center
Position: Shreveport Director

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After serving as the Shreveport Louisiana representative to the LSA Board of Directors for multiple years, I’m asking for your support as I run for the office of Secretary/Treasurer. My qualifications for this office primarily revolve around many years of experience and assisting with the financial management of anesthesia practices in many locations, both within Louisiana and in other states throughout the southeast United States. That experience includes recording and managing information for anesthesiology groups, essentially in all aspects of practice, from active duty military, to running small anesthesia groups, then being a member of larger anesthesiology groups, and now working in an academic practice. Additionally, I was awarded the American Society of Anesthesiologist’s Certificate in Business Administration in 2001, during one of the earlier years of this program’s existence. Using these business skills, I consistently maintain an Excellent personal credit rating. Beyond this, I have been fortunate over my career to have obtained excellent professional financial management advice and feel that much of this advice and financial management experience can be applied to help improve and maintain the financial aspects of the Louisiana Society of Anesthesiologists.

As the current representative from the Northwest part of Louisiana, I clearly recognize that in years past it would have been challenging for someone who does not live in the southeastern part of the state, near the LSA Office, to properly fulfill the responsibilities of the LSA Secretary-Treasurer. However, with current modern capabilities afforded by use of the Internet and cell phone communication, the responsibilities of this office can now be managed by a member of the LSA whose residence is not in the New Orleans or Baton Rouge area. Again, I ask for your support to allow me to serve as your next Secretary/Treasurer of the LSA.

DIRECTOR AT LARGE

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Kierstin Lund, MD, FASA
Private Practice
Position(s): Secretary/Treasurer &
Director at Large

Being secretary/treasurer for the LSA is more than just donating to PACs, I believe it is much more than that. This office is about membership, both recruiting more members and retaining the members we have. Without a significant member base, we will be unable to support the ASA/LSA in a meaningful way.

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Kierstin Lund, MD, FASA
Private Practice
Position(s): Secretary/Treasurer & Director at Large

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Being secretary/treasurer for the LSA is more than just donating to PACs, I believe it is much more than that. This office is about membership, both recruiting more members and retaining the members we have. Without a significant member base, we will be unable to support the ASA/LSA in a meaningful way.

As we move into this next decade there will be more and more constraints placed on healthcare and we need to be informed and at the forefront of change. We can only do this if we are involved and that means involvement at the grassroots level. This can only be accomplished by having an LSA that has 100% membership involvement and is fiscally healthy.

This fiscal health comes from membership, proposing/maintaining a budget and by working closely with Janna and the LSA Board, to make sure our expenditures are effective and paid in a timely manner. I have been an active member of the LSA since 2013 and have participated in every annual meeting since that time. I know I can commit and give 110% to LSA as the director at large and the secretary/treasurer. Thank you for your support.

DIRECTOR ACADEMIC PRACTICE

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Adam Broussard, MD
LCMC Health Anesthesia Corporation (LHAC)
Position: Academic Representative

I am a Louisiana native and product of LSUHSC-NO medical school and residency. I left the state to complete my Pediatric Anesthesiology fellowship at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. After fellowship, I became faculty at the Children’s Hospital of OU in Oklahoma City. During my time at OU, I was mentored by former ASA President Jane Fitch, involved with Oklahoma Society of Anesthesiology, and an invited lecturer at Florida Society of Anesthesiology.

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Adam Broussard, MD
LCMC Health Anesthesia Corporation (LHAC)
Position: Academic Representative

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I am a Louisiana native and product of LSUHSC-NO medical school and residency. I left the state to complete my Pediatric Anesthesiology fellowship at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. After fellowship, I became faculty at the Children’s Hospital of OU in Oklahoma City. During my time at OU, I was mentored by former ASA President Jane Fitch, involved with Oklahoma Society of Anesthesiology, and an invited lecturer at Florida Society of Anesthesiology.

I served as Assistant Fellowship Program Director and Fellowship Program Director while at OU. I attended ACGME, Pediatric Anesthesia Leadership Council, and Pediatric Anesthesia Program Director Association meetings. I use these experiences and knowledge to educate the LSUHSC-NO and Tulane resident in pediatric anesthesia and pediatric pain management. I look forward to bringing my experience from multiple other state anesthesia societies, academic anesthesia, and pediatric anesthesia to the LSA board.

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Anne McConville, MD
Ochsner Health
Position: Academic Director

My name is Anne McConville and I would be honored to serve as LSA Academic Practice Director. Since completing my anesthesiology residency and obstetric anesthesiology fellowship at Tulane University School of Medicine, I have been actively involved in medical student and resident education.

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Anne McConville, MD
Ochsner Health
Position: Academic Director

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My name is Anne McConville and I would be honored to serve as LSA Academic Practice Director. Since completing my anesthesiology residency and obstetric anesthesiology fellowship at Tulane University School of Medicine, I have been actively involved in medical student and resident education. During my time at Tulane University (2010-2019), I served as the Assistant Residency Program Director, Medical Student Clerkship Director, Chair of the Clinical Competency Committee, Director of Obstetric Anesthesiology, and Associate Clinical Director of Tulane-Lakeside operating room. I continue to work in academic practice at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans. Though I have supported ASAPAC consistently throughout my years in practice, I now hope to be involved on a more personal level. This new position of Academic Practice Director provides a unique opportunity to participate in education and advocacy on a broader scale. Resident and fellow physicians represent the future of our profession. In order for our specialty to continue to grow and thrive, it is imperative for future anesthesiologists to understand the importance of advocacy and participation within the LSA/ASA/ASAPAC. Additionally, it is equally important for all active practicing physician anesthesiologists to lead by example and to demonstrate a commitment to the ASA, LSA, and ASAPAC. I pledge to fully engage the academic practices to reach 100% participation at the resident and fellow level in addition to seeking 100% participation from academic physicians involved in resident and fellow education.

PRIVATE PRACTICE DIRECTOR

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Laurie Kolder McCormic, MD
Parish Anesthesia of Lafayette
Position: Private Practice Director


As an anesthesiologist who has been in private practice for 10 years, I would be honored to serve as the private practice director for the LSA. Throughout my time in practice, I have tried to be an active member within my anesthesiology group and have served in a leadership position for the past seven years.

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Laurie Kolder McCormic, MD
Parish Anesthesia of Lafayette
Position: Private Practice Director

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As an anesthesiologist who has been in private practice for 10 years, I would be honored to serve as the private practice director for the LSA. Throughout my time in practice, I have tried to be an active member within my anesthesiology group and have served in a leadership position for the past seven years. I am eager to bring that experience to the table and hope to increase engagement and involvement from our fellow private practice members. After attending the LSA meeting last year, I felt compelled to become more involved myself and would love the opportunity to be a part of furthering the growth and advocacy of our profession.

I am a Louisiana native who completed medical school at LSUHSC in New Orleans and then went on to complete my residency at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston Salem, North Carolina. During my residency, we were strongly encouraged to become active within the ASA and state societies. Maintaining my membership in both the ASA and LSA has always been important to me, and I would now like the opportunity to further my involvement by serving as the private practice director for the LSA.

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Lisa Perez, MD
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Position: Private Practice Director

I would like to serve my fellow anesthesiologists on a state and national level.

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Lisa Perez, MD
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Position: Private Practice Director

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I would like to serve my fellow anesthesiologists on a state and national level.

DIRECTOR SOUTHWESTERN DISTRICT

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Kyle Nester, MD
Memorial Medical Group
Position: Southwestern Director

I have been an active LSA and ASA member for the last 6 years dating back to my residency training where I had the opportunity to attend the annual ASA Legislative Convention in Washington, D.C. After completing training, I moved back home and entered private practice in Lake Charles, LA at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital (LCMH) and have been advocating for physician anesthesiologist led team-based care on a local, state, and national level.

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Kyle Nester, MD
Memorial Medical Group
Position: Southwestern Director

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I have been an active LSA and ASA member for the last 6 years dating back to my residency training where I had the opportunity to attend the annual ASA Legislative Convention in Washington, D.C. After completing training, I moved back home and entered private practice in Lake Charles, LA at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital (LCMH) and have been advocating for physician anesthesiologist led team-based care on a local, state, and national level. I have been a Chairmen’s Council Level donor in the ASAPAC since 2016 and an active LSAPAC contributor since then as well. My initial involvement in the LSA was in the LSA Ambassador pilot program in early 2016 and I was subsequently nominated to the LSA board to represent Southwest Louisiana and have actively served in that capacity since mid 2017. On a local level, I have pushed for strong physician anesthesiologist involvement in my community and have been an active leader in my hospital. I have served as the Director of Anesthesia at LCMH for the last year, was recently nominated and elected to be the Surgical Representative on the Medical Executive Committee, have been actively involved in helping LCMH attain a Level III Trauma certification, and am on our Pharmacy and Therapeutics committee, as well as the IT committee. I would appreciate the opportunity to continue representing physician anesthesiologists in both Southwest Louisiana and the state as a whole on the LSA Board of Directors.

DIRECTOR VA PRACTICE

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William Ericson-Neilsen, MD
SLVHCS VA Hospital
Position: Veterans Affair Director

I have trained locally and continue to work at a number of different hospitals in the state ranging from New Orleans to Lake Charles.

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William Ericson-Neilsen, MD
SLVHCS VA Hospital
Position: Veterans Affair Director

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I have trained locally and continue to work at a number of different hospitals in the state ranging from New Orleans to Lake Charles. This gives me a broad appreciation for the CRNA-MD work relationships at multiple different facilities. My position at the VA in New Orleans allows me to educate residents about the importance of advocacy and to reinforce that importance while they are away from their home facilities. With my time in this position I would seek to better coordinate and communicate with the other anesthesiologists at VA facilities throughout the state and hopefully bring a better understanding to the LSA of the CRNA/APRN independent practice dynamics.

DIRECTOR ACADIANA DISTRICT

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Julie Broussard, MD, FASA
Parish Anesthesia of Lafayette
Position: Acadiana Director &
ASA Director – LA/Alternate Director

I am running for my second term as Acadiana District LSA Representative and also for the Louisiana Director/Alternate Director Representative to the ASA. I am currently in my second year as the ASA Alternate Director and am very eager for the opportunity to continue representing our society’s needs on the national level. I have been the board representative for the Acadiana Division of LSA since 2015 and have been a member of LSA since my return to Louisiana from Texas in 2012.

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Julie Broussard, MD, FASA
Parish Anesthesia of Lafayette
Position: Acadiana Director &
ASA Director – LA/Alternate Director

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Dear LSA Member,

Hello all! I am running for my second term as Acadiana District LSA Representative and also for the Louisiana Director/Alternate Director Representative to the ASA. I am currently in my second year as the ASA Alternate Director and am very eager for the opportunity to continue representing our society’s needs on the national level. I have been the board representative for the Acadiana Division of LSA since 2015 and have been a member of LSA since my return to Louisiana from Texas in 2012.

My most rewarding times with the LSA have been my involvement with the annual meeting planning for the past five years, especially in leading our team for exhibitor fundraising. Not including this 2020 meeting, we have raised over $100,000 solely from exhibitor fees to put back into our building our society. I have enjoyed working closely with Joe Koveleskie, Kraig de Lanzac and Kierstin Lund, and of course with the glue that holds us together, Janna Pecquet, on building a more successful meeting every year. For the last four years I have also been the chairman of the LSA-PAC and have been working with our board to continually encourage member involvement in advocacy for our profession.

My latest LSA project that I am most excited about, has been in developing the Louisiana Women in Anesthesia Group as an official committee of the LSA. We now have a logo, mission statement and have our first meeting planned during our annual LSA meeting. I am so very hopeful about this developing guild. My vision is that it becomes a resource and outlet for the specific needs of the women in our society for many years to come and works as an invitation for more of their involvement in the LSA.

I’m running for a dual position as Acadiana District representative and ASA Director or alternate because I want to remain an active and involved member in our state component society while exploring the opportunities of the ASA. I have been alternate director for this past year, and it has opened my eyes to the vast amount of hardworking anesthesiologists that are just as dedicated as I am to making our profession stronger. Both David Broussard and Kraig de Lanzac have done a remarkable job of being the ASA Director and I would like to follow in those footsteps to actively represent my beloved state of Louisiana. It is truly a privilege to have the opportunity to represent our anesthesiologists with “roots in the boot”!

DIRECTOR BATON ROUGE DISTRICT

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Beau Bergeron, MD
Parish Management Consultants
Position: Baton Rouge Director

As the current board member representing the Baton Rouge district, I’d love to continue representing the constituents of Baton Rouge. I have always stood by and promoted physician led care teams.

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Beau Bergeron, MD
Parish Management Consultants
Position: Baton Rouge Director

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As the current board member representing the Baton Rouge district, I’d love to continue representing the constituents of Baton Rouge. I have always stood by and promoted physician led care teams. I have represented the physician anesthesiologist well both from a training standpoint, as I am a board-certified Cardiothoracic Physician Anesthesiologist, as well as from a professional standpoint by ensuring active involvement and physical presence in the conduction of anesthetic care. I have established great professional relationships with my colleagues, hospital administrations, and state legislators.

I would love the opportunity to continue representing Baton Rouge as I have done for the past two years, and I appreciate your support in advance.

Best,
Beau Bergeron, MD

DIRECTOR SHREVEPORT DISTRICT

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J. Arthur Saus, MD, FASA
LSU Health Sciences Center
Position: Shreveport Director

I have served as the LSA Director from Shreveport for the past few years, and request your support to continue in that role.

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J. Arthur Saus, MD, FASA
LSU Health Sciences Center
Position: Shreveport Director

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I have served as the LSA Director from Shreveport for the past few years, and request your support to continue in that role. I have been an active participant in the LSA by assisting in planning of LSA Meetings and encouraging vendor participation, acting as an alternate delegate from Louisiana to the ASA Meeting, and then voting as a member of the LSA Delegation to the ASA Meeting. By working as an Associate Professor of Anesthesiology at LSU Health in Shreveport, I am also very involved in the training of new anesthesiologists, encouraging them to participate in the LSA, and to remain in Louisiana to practice after completion of their training. I hold active medical licenses in 8 other states, in addition to a license to practice medicine in Louisiana.

You may notice from my picture that I’m not vain enough to keep pictures of myself on my computer hard drive, so this is the closest I can find for uploading, since the system requires me to upload a picture. This picture is Wookiee … our Schnoodle who died about a year ago. He was a wonderful companion.

DIRECTOR NORTHEASTERN (MONROE) DISTRICT

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Ezekiel James Wetzel, MD, FASA
SMSO Anesthesia
Position: Northeastern (Monroe) Director

I have been proud to represent Northeast Louisiana on the LSA Board of Directors since 2014. Our board has been immensely successful in revitalizing our society, and I hope to continue to be an advocate and protector of the role of physician anesthesiologists in Louisiana.

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Ezekiel James Wetzel, MD, FASA
SMSO Anesthesia
Position: Northeastern (Monroe) Director

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Fellow Physician Anesthesiologists,

I have been proud to represent Northeast Louisiana on the LSA Board of Directors since 2014. Our board has been immensely successful in revitalizing our society, and I hope to continue to be an advocate and protector of the role of physician anesthesiologists in Louisiana.

As a member of the LSA Board of Directors, I’ve developed key relationships with legislators in my district and have been active in ASA Grassroots and ASA Team 535 efforts. I have a proven track record of legislative support for issues related to protection of the physician-patient relationship as well as physician-led anesthesia, and the anesthesia care team.

With your vote, I’ll continue to grow our state society and to fight for the preservation of the anesthesia care team. I’ll continue to cultivate relationships with the legislators of my district to address the new challenges to our specialty, especially “surprise” billing. I look forward to continuing to serve you.

DIRECTOR ORLEANS DISTRICT

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Liane Germond, MD
Ochsner Health
Position: Orleans Director

Throughout my career I have worked in busy academic environments. I currently help to run the daily activities of both the operating room and the labor and delivery unit.

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Liane Germond, MD
Ochsner Health
Position: Orleans Director

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Throughout my career I have worked in busy academic environments. I currently help to run the daily activities of both the operating room and the labor and delivery unit. My professional interests include resident education and advocacy, as well as patient safety and quality improvement. With a board seat on the LSA, I will advocate to further include residents in LSA activities as well as national activities so that this new group of anesthesiologists can learn not only the clinical aspect of anesthesiology, but also the practice management and quality improvement aspects of our field.

DIRECTOR JEFFERSON DISTRICT

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William David Sumrall III, MD, FASA
Ochsner Health System
Position: Jefferson District

 

It has been my honor and privilege to serve as your Secretary/Treasurer for the last 13 plus years. My commitment to our specialty is strong and is evidenced by the solid financial position of the LSA with membership and our reserves.

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William David Sumrall III, MD, FASA
Ochsner Health System
Position: Jefferson District

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It has been my honor and privilege to serve as your Secretary/Treasurer for the last 13 plus years. My commitment to our specialty is strong and is evidenced by the solid financial position of the LSA with membership and our reserves. In a time of rising costs, we managed a yearly budget and have not had financial challenges. In addition, through coordinated efforts, we have maximized the potential members in the organization reaching out personally in many instances to ensure we are all members of the LSA. It is time to let someone else fill this role, but I still have much to offer the board and the membership. I humbly accept the nomination to remain as a board member and hope to have your support.

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Jimmie Colon, MD, FASA
Ochsner Hospital for Children
Position: Jefferson Director

I would like to nominate myself to be the Jefferson Parish board member for the Louisiana Society of Anesthesiologists as Dr. Dajani is leaving New Orleans for a new job opportunity outside of the state.

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Jimmie Colon, MD, FASA
Ochsner Hospital for Children
Position: Jefferson Director

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Dear LSA Members:

I would like to nominate myself to be the Jefferson Parish board member for the Louisiana Society of Anesthesiologists as Dr. Dajani is leaving New Orleans for a new job opportunity outside of the state.

I have always been interested in expanding my roll with the LSA, CCAS and ASA societies. Since 2016, I have been one of the original LSA Ambassadors. The LSA has had great success in recent years and I believe the LSA Ambassador program has played a part in it. My experience as a current member of the Membership Recruitment, Retention and Engagement committee for the Congenital Cardiac Anesthesia Society (CCAS), will help me to oversee and monitor our current members, re-engage those who are currently inactive and work on new ideas to increase membership. Jefferson Parish has the largest anesthesiologist practice in our region, and I would like to use this unique opportunity to maximize the LSA membership. I also plan to encourage our anesthesia residents to become more involved in our society. This role would enable me to reach out to other anesthesiologists in my practice and outside, about the importance of patient centered, physician lead care to our patients.

Sincerely,

Jimmie E. Colón M.D., FASA
Director, Pediatric Cardiovascular Anesthesia
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology, UQ Medical School
Ochsner Hospital for Children
1514 Jefferson HWY
New Orleans, La 70121
(504)237-8029 cell.
(504) 842-7346 office
jcolon@ochsner.org

DIRECTOR NORTHSHORE DISTRICT

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Matt Miller, MD
APMC, LLC
Position: Northshore Director

I will continue to champion, and support physician anesthesiologist driven anesthesia care in my daily practice and in all professional activities.

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Matt Miller, MD
APMC, LLC
Position: Northshore Director

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I will continue to champion, and support physician anesthesiologist driven anesthesia care in my daily practice and in all professional activities.

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