Dwayne Thomas

Dr. Dwayne Thomas is a visionary, poised, transformational leader with a wealth of healthcare experience. He has proven success in extraordinarily challenging settings and has served in healthcare leadership roles in both academic and hospital settings. His leadership skills were recognized in his early professional appointments as an Assistant Dean at the University of Florida College of Medicine, and as founding Director of the Morial Asthma, Allergy and Respiratory Disease Center at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC). He has also served as Medical Director and CEO of the Medical Center of Louisiana (Charity and University Hospitals), where he led the re-establishment of services following Hurricane Katrina. He personally led his entire healthcare team through the actual storm, directing patient and employee evacuation. His preplanning led to a minimal loss of life of hospitalized patients during the five days where they labored without the aid of modern day technology, electricity, running water or functional sewer systems.  He returned to a ravaged New Orleans less than 60 days after Hurricane Katrina to orchestrate the $100 million dollar recovery process.

The Medical Center of Louisiana at New Orleans (MCLNO) was the largest of 10 hospitals in Louisiana’s Public Hospital System. It remains the primary teaching hospital for both the LSU and Tulane Schools of Medicine.

He is known as a competent, self-motivated leader with an ability to anticipate and plan for multiple scenarios to produce positive results in an environment of change. His unique professional experiences and strong patient advocacy strengthens his credibility, enhanced by his expertise to motivate colleagues. Dr. Thomas leads teams to effectively focus on high quality outcomes, a key driver of success in the new health care reform environment. He is an articulate professional with effective written and oral communication skills to guide and inspire.

Dr. Thomas has also served as the Associate Dean of Health Quality at the LSU School of Medicine. He provided counsel to the Dean on matters of patient quality, safety and health care delivery policies at the State and Federal levels and proposes relevant initiatives to address new Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and health care reform issues. He was the first named research fellow in the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at the Morehouse School of Medicine.

He has been recognized throughout his career as a gifted educator, being selected as the Recipient of the University of Florida, Hippocratic Award. This prestigious award recognizes the clinician teacher who best exemplified the ideals of Hippocrates in patient care through inspirational education. It is the highest teaching award granted.

Dr. Thomas is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Dillard University, received his M.D. degree from the LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans and his Master of Medical Management from Tulane University.

Dr. Thomas is a member of numerous organizations, including the American Association of Physician Leadership, Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, American College of Chest Physicians, and American College of Physicians. In his spare time he enjoys kayaking, cycling, and singing.