Bill Masterton  is President and Chief Executive Officer of University Medical Center New Orleans. He has more than 20 years of healthcare experience and an extensive background in hospital operations and finance. Mr. Masterton previously served as CEO of Piedmont Medical Center in Rock Hill, S.C., as CEO of Coastal Carolina Hospital in Hardeeville, S.C., and as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Atlanta Medical Center. Prior to Atlanta Medical Center, Mr. Masterton worked in a number of hospital financial roles.  He began his health care career as a consultant with KPMG in the healthcare and life sciences division. Mr. Masterton holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and a Master’s Degree in business Administration from the University of South Florida.


    Dr. Peter DeBlieux is the Chief Medical Officer. He is a professor of Clinical Medicine at LSU Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC) and Director of Resident and Faculty Development, LSUHSC Emergency Medicine. Dr. DeBlieux previously served as Residency Program Director for LSUHSC. During Hurricane Katrina, Dr. DeBlieux served as a physician at Charity Hospital in caring for patients, visitors and employees. He helped direct LSUHSC Emergency Medical Services during recovery efforts in New Orleans from a number of temporary care sites. Dr. DeBlieux received his MD degree at LSUHSC, where he also completed internships in internal medicine and emergency medicine, and he completed a critical care fellowship at Charity Hospital.
    Dr. Denise Danna is UMC's Chief Nursing Officer, having previously served as associate professor and associate dean in the LSUHSC School of Nursing. A registered nurse for 40 years, Dr. Danna’s career includes more than 30 years in leadership positions at Memorial Medical Center and its precursors, Mercy+Baptist Medical Center and Southern Baptist Hospital.  She has served as President of the Louisiana State Nurses Association and held leadership positions for the New Orleans District Nurses Association and Epsilon Nu. She has been actively involved with the  United Way for many years.  She received a bachelor’s degree in nursing from LSU Medical Center School of Nursing, a master’s degree and doctorate degree from the LSUHSC – School of Nursing. Dr. Danna has  a lengthy research background and has been extensively published,  including co-authoring "Nursing in the Storm: Voices from Hurricane Katrina.”
    Dr. Cathy Lazarus is Chief Academic Officer of UMC. Dr. Lazarus also serves as the Associate Dean for Student Affairs at the LSU School of Medicine. Previously, she worked as Chief of the Workforce Development service at the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System. She has also served as Senior Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Medical Education, and Professor of Medicine and Division Chief in General Internal Medicine at Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in Chicago, IL. Dr. Lazarus currently serves as Professor of Medicine at Tulane University and Associate Chair for Academic Affairs in the Department of Internal Medicine. Dr. Lazarus received her MD degree from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri, where she also completed her internship and residency in internal medicine. 
    Christine Williams Bond is Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of University Medical Center. Chris previously served as Interim CFO and as Controller. Prior to joining UMCNO, Chris worked at Atlanta Medical Center in Atlanta, GA, in the role of Assistant Chief Financial Officer. She previously worked as Controller at Emory Johns Creek Hospital in Johns Creek, GA and Emory Dunwoody Hospital in Atlanta, GA. A native New Orleanian, Chris received both a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Healthcare Management from the University of New Orleans.
    Lisa Miranda is UMC’s Chief Operating Officer. She previously served as Vice President of Operations. Prior to joining UMC, Ms. Miranda worked for 27 years at Children’s Hospital New Orleans in a number of roles, including Administrative Director of Laboratory Services, Hospital Safety Officer, and Emergency Management Coordinator. She began her career as a medical technologist in the Children’s Hospital Laboratory, and transitioned into several administrative roles, including Laboratory Supervisor, Assistant Director of the Laboratory, and Assistant Director of Quality Assurance/Infection/Utilization Review. Ms. Miranda received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Medical Technology from Nicholls State University and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.
    Robert (Eli) Smith serves as Vice President, Business Development for UMC New Orleans.  Prior to joining UMC, Smith has served in multiple leadership roles including the Carle Physician Group in Champaign-Urbana Illinois, the Saint Francis Health System in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and the CHRISTUS Spohn Health System based in Corpus Christi, Texas.  Most recently, Smith served as Vice President-Primary Care and Medical Specialties for the Carle Physician Group where he led the clinical and budgetary operations of Carle Physician Group’s Champaign-Urbana-based primary care and medical specialty clinic site(s)—a $255 million enterprise—comprised of 250 physicians and 75 advanced practitioners.  Smith holds a Masters of Business Administration from Oklahoma State University and Bachelor’s Degree in Corporate Communication from The University of Texas at Austin.  He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
    Dr. Jyotsna Fuloria serves as Vice President of Clinical Research. An oncologist and researcher, Dr. Fuloria joined UMC from the Ochsner Cancer Institute, where she served as Director, Clinical Oncology Research. Prior to that she held positions in clinical oncology research. Dr. Fuloria received her medical degree from the University of Delhi, Delhi, India. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Unity Health System Rochester, N.Y., and her fellowship in Hematology and Oncology at St. Frances Hospital of Evanston and Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Ill.


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