Academic Medical Center

House Officer Quality Improvement Council

At the end of each academic year, one resident and one intern from both LSU and Tulane Medical School are celebrated as the UMCNO Residents and Interns of the Year. These housestaff best exemplify the ideal, outstanding, or model patient care provider.

Group of recipients holding awards for House Officer Quality Improvement

LSU Intern of the Year

Tulane Intern of Year

LSU Resident of the Year

Tulane Resident of Year


Elizabeth Whitham, MD, Psychiatry​

Sarah Jin, MD, Internal Medicine

Michael Iacono, MD, Emergency Medicine

Carrie Stewart, MD, Urology


Jamaan Kenner, MD, Obstetrics & Gynecology

Shea Cochi, MD, Internal Medicine​​

Shannon B. Palombo, MD, Pediatrics

Madeline "Lynne" Fiore, MD, Internal Medicine


Erin Marie Dauchy, MD, Internal Medicine

Paul T. Baumgartner, MD, Obstetrics & Gynecology

Falon V. Brown, MD, Internal Medicine

Michael R. Pinsky, MD, Urology


Michael Modica, MD, Internal Medicine

Chase Cannon, MD, Internal Medicine

Jaclyn Spiegel, MD, Internal Medicine

Sarah Candler, MD, Internal Medicine

Defining Quality

  • Joint Commission National Quality Approval Award
    The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.
  • American College of Surgeons: Verified Trauma Center
    The Norman E. McSwain, Jr, MD, Spirit of Charity Trauma Center only verified Level 1 Trauma Center in South Louisiana.
  • City Business - Best Places to Work
    The Comprehensive Pulmonary Hypertension Center (CPHC) at University Medical Center New Orleans was awarded top-tier accreditation from the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA).
  • PHA Center of Comprehensive Care Award
    University Medical Center New Orleans is an Advanced Primary Stroke Center with a full stroke team on call 24/7 to immediately care for patients with stroke symptoms.
  • American Heart Association and American Stroke Association Primary Stroke Center
  • AHA Stoke certification
    The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association award recognizes the hospital’s commitment and success ensuring that stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.Accredited by the American College of Surgeons-Commission on Cancer (ACS-COC), the Cancer Center at University Medical Center New Orleans (UMCNO) offers patients a comprehensive approach to their cancer care.
  • Commission on Cancer Accedited Program logo
    University Medical Center has been designated an Antimicrobial Stewardship Center of Excellence by the Infectious Diseases Society of America (ISDA).
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