UMC Leadership

Meet the people in charge of our New Orleans hospital

University Medical Center New Orleans has become an important part of our community. Offering outstanding care and advancements in research, our hospital continues to improve the lives of countless people throughout the area. Learn more about our leadership by reading below.

Danny Hardman is Chief Executive Officer of University Medical Center. Danny brings more than 20 years of healthcare experience to the table, most recently with CHRISTUS Spohn Health System in Corpus Christi Texas. From 2017-2019, he served from as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Nursing Officer at CHRISTUS Spohn Shoreline, a 557-bed hospital with a Level II Trauma Center, and CHRISTUS Spohn Memorial, a 341-bed hospital. A registered nurse, he has focused much of his career on improving patient safety and the patient experience. Danny is a native of Benton, in northern Louisiana, and started his healthcare career at CHRISTUS Schumpert Health System in Shreveport. He went on to serve many leadership positions at hospitals and health systems in the Southwest, including Norman Regional Health System in Norman, OK; McAlester Regional Health Center in McAlester, OK, where he was Senior Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer; Baylor Scott & White Health in Temple, TX, where he was Vice President of Patient Care Services; and Hillcrest Medical Center in Tulsa, OK, where he served as Chief Nursing Officer. Among his top priorities at University Medical Center are operational capacity, new services growth and population health.

Dr. Nirav Patel is UMC's Chief Medical Officer. In this role, he is responsible for directing patient safety and quality in the organization. He serves as liaison to the medical staff and works closely to engage UMC’s academic partners in the strategic initiatives that advance UMC’s mission. A specialist in Infectious Diseases and Critical Care Medicine, Dr. Patel most recently served as Chief Medical Officer and Vice-President of Medical Affairs at SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital. Prior to serving in that role, he was the hospital’s Interim Chief Medical Officer, Infection Control Officer and Director of Antibiotic Stewardship. Dr. Patel received his medical degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. He completed a residency and chief residency in Internal Medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He then pursued fellowship training in Critical Care Medicine followed by Infectious Diseases. He practiced at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and with Banner Health prior to joining the faculty at the Saint Louis University School of Medicine.

Dr. Peter DeBlieux, Chief Experience OfficerDr. Peter DeBlieux is the Chief Experience Officer. He is a professor of Clinical Medicine at LSU Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC) and Director of Resident and Faculty Development for the LSUHSC Emergency Medicine department. Dr. DeBlieux previously served as Residency Program Director for LSUHSC. During Hurricane Katrina, he served as a physician at Charity Hospital in caring for patients, visitors and employees, helping direct emergency medical services during recovery efforts in New Orleans from a number of temporary care sites. Dr. DeBlieux received his medical degree at LSUHSC where he also completed internships in internal medicine and emergency medicine, and he completed a critical care fellowship at Charity Hospital. He serves as Executive Director of the Spirit of Charity Foundation.

Dr. Denise Danna, UMC Chief Nursing OfficerDr. Denise Danna is UMC's Chief Nursing Officer. She previously served as associate professor and associate dean in the LSUHSC School of Nursing, and has worked as 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. Robin McGoeyDr. Robin McGoey is UMC's Chief Academic Officer. She is an Associate Professor of Pathology at LSU New Orleans School of Medicine, where she served as Residency Program Director for 7 years. She is a member of the LSU SOM Graduate Medical Education Committee and the Steering Committee for Enhancing Quality Improvement for Patients (EQuIP). She serves on the Administrative Board of the AAMC Council of Faculty and Academic Societies. Dr. McGoey received her undergraduate degree from University of Virginia and obtained a Master’s degree in Genetic Counseling from the University of Texas in Houston before completing medical school at LSU School of Medicine. She did her internship in Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of New Orleans and then completed a four year Anatomic and Clinical Pathology residency at LSU School of Medicine. She joined the LSU faculty in 2005 where she remains active in autopsy pathology.

Christine Williams Bond, Chief Financial Officer

Christine Williams Bond is Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of University Medical Center. Prior to joining UMC, 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, UMC Chief Operating OfficerLisa Miranda is Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining UMC, Lisa 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. Lisa received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Medical Technology from Nicholls State University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.

Charlotte Parent, RN, MHCM, Vice President of Business DevelopmentCharlotte Parent, RN, MHCM, is Vice President of Business Development. She has more than 29 years of experience in health care, most recently serving as Assistant Vice President of Community Affairs and Network Development at LCMC Health. From 2014-2016, she served as Director of the New Orleans Health Department; for several months during that time, she led New Orleans East Hospital as interim CEO. While in her role as New Orleans Health Director, she was instrumental in the development and implementation of the city’s smoking ban and initiatives related to homelessness, domestic violence and sexual assault. Early in her career, she was the director of Maternal and Child Services at Touro Infirmary in New Orleans, where she developed and oversaw services for expectant mothers and their families. A native New Orleanian, Charlotte received her Diploma of Nursing at the Charity Hospital School of Nursing, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Loyola University and a Masters in Health Care Management from the University of New Orleans.

Dr. Jyotsna Fuloria, Vice President of Clinical ResearchDr. 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 of 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, Illinois.