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Ochsner Academics Leader Nationally Recognized for Excellence in Graduate Medical Education

Dr. Ron Amedee Receives 2019 Parker J. Palmer Courage to Lead Award

Ronald Amedee, MD – Dean of Medical Education and Head of University of Queensland (UQ) Ochsner Clinical School – has been honored by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) with the Parker J. Palmer Courage to Lead Award. This award recognizes Dr. Amedee’s decade-long leadership and administrative guidance as a designated institutional officer for the residency programs at Ochsner.

Awarded annually, the Parker J. Palmer Courage to Lead Award honors designated institutional officials– individuals who are responsible for all graduate medical education programs at institutions that sponsor residency programs – for excellence in overseeing residency programs. To qualify, a designated institutional official must work in an institution with a status of Continued Accreditation and have at least five years of experience as a designated institutional official.      

“This honor is a testament to Dr. Amedee’s ongoing leadership and dedicated support for our residents, fellows, faculty and staff at Ochsner. We are incredibly proud that Dr. Amedee’s great work has been nationally recognized by his peers,” said Leonardo Seoane, M.D., Chief Academic Officer, Ochsner Health System.

With more than three decades of years’ experience in academics, Dr. Amedee has been on staff at Ochsner since 2007 and is certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology. Prior to his appointment as Dean of Medical Education and Head of UQ Ochsner Clinical School in 2018, Dr. Amedee served for nearly 10 years as the designated institutional officer for the Department of Graduate Medical Education at Ochsner, which offers 30 different residency programs. Dr. Amedee holds an undergraduate degree from Nicholls State University and a medical degree from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans, where he also completed his residency in Otolaryngology.

Dr. Amedee was one of three honorees recognized with the Parker J. Palmer Courage to Lead Award at the ACGME’s Annual Educational Conference, which took place in Orlando, Florida this month. His fellow honorees included Nedd I. Brown, EdD (University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine – Sioux Falls, South Dakota) and Elias I. Traboulsi, MD (Cleveland Clinic – Cleveland, Ohio). For a list of past Parker J. Palmer Courage to Lead Award honorees, click here.


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