Leonardo Seoane, MD, FACP
Senior Vice President and Chief Academic Officer, Ochsner Health System
Associate Vice-Chancellor of Academics, LSU Health Shreveport
Dr. Leonardo Seoane is the Senior Vice President and Chief Academic Officer for Ochsner Health System. In this position, he leads Ochsner’s continuum of education including undergraduate, graduate, and continuing medical education programs as well as all research initiatives. Additionally, he oversees Ochsner’s continued partnership with the University of Queensland Faculty of Medicine and the academic partnership with LSU Health Science Center in Shreveport Louisiana.
Dr. Seoane graduated magna cum laude from Loyola University in New Orleans, with a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences. He earned his Doctor of Medicine degree at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans, graduating with Alpha Omega Alpha honors, an elite designation recognizing excellence in scholarship and the highest ideals in the profession of medicine. After medical school, he completed an internship at the University of Alabama Birmingham Medical Center and residency in Internal Medicine at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC) in New Orleans. He continued his education by completing a fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine through a combined LSUHSC and Ochsner Medical Center program. He went on to complete a research and clinical fellowship in Lung Transplant at the Ochsner Medical Center where he has been a staff physician since 2002.
He has held many leadership roles at Ochsner including Head of University of Queensland Ochsner Clinical School, Senior Deputy Head of Ochsner Clinical School for Curriculum, Clerkship Director for the Critical Care course, Clerkship Director of the Internal Medicine course, and Clerkship Director for Medical Specialties, Associate Program Director for the Ochsner Medical Center Internal Medicine Residency Program, Medical Director of the Ochsner Medical Center Lung Transplant Program, and Chair of the Sepsis Performance Improvement Committee at the Ochsner Medical Center.
Dr. Seoane has won numerous teaching awards, including the Hurst B. Hatch Award for Outstanding Teacher of the Year seven times from 2004 - 2013, the Ochsner Health System Spirit of Leadership Award for Teaching in 2006, and most recently, the Ochsner Health System Physician Academic Contributor of the Year in 2016. He is regarded as an expert in the management of sepsis and medical education and has been an invited speaker at numerous national and international conferences. He has fostered a research partnership between the University of Queensland Burns, Trauma, and Critical Care Research Center and the Ochsner Medical Center Department of Pulmonary and Critical Care. He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Palliative Care.
But most important he is a loving husband to his wife Michelle Seoane, MD, who is a pediatrician practicing in the Ochsner Health System and a proud father of Eddy and Leo.