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LSU HCSD Leadership Reorganization Places Dr. Michael Kaiser as Interim CEO

The American Nurse

Baton Rouge – LSU Health has appointed Michael Kaiser, MD, FAAP, as the Interim CEO of the LSU Health Care Services Division, replacing Dr. Roxane Townsend.  Dr. Juzar Ali has been appointed Interim Chief Executive Officer of the Interim LSU Public Hospital (ILH) in New Orleans. For the time being, Dr. Ali will also continue in the role of ILH Medical Director.  Kim Sangari has been appointed Interim Chief Executive Officer of Earl K. Long Medical Center in Baton Rouge.  Dr. Townsend had previously provided oversight of both hospitals.  Dr. John Couk has been appointed Associate Medical Director of the LSU Health Care Services Division.  Dr. Couk will continue to serve as an Emergency Medicine Physician at the Interim LSU Public Hospital.

Dr. Kaiser will also continue in the role of the Chief Medical Officer of the LSU HCSD, where he directs system-wide population management and the clinical re-design of clinical services in the seven HCSD hospitals.  He oversees performance improvement activities in patient quality, safety and access, as well as the development of medical homes for HCSD’s primary care patients.

Dr. Kaiser has worked with LSU HCSD since October 2001.  "These are very difficult times for the LSU public hospital system,” he said, concerning his new position.  “Despite a very challenging budget situation, we are obligated to continue training future health professionals for our state while also assuring continuity of care for the hundreds of thousands of patients who depend on LSU Health for their medical care.  New models must be identified to meet this dual mission. "

Dr. Kaiser, a Pediatrician, has served as Medical Consultant for the HIV/ AIDS Program at the Louisiana Office of Public Health, Deputy Director for the HIV/AIDS Bureau of Health Resource Services Administration's Division of Community Based Programs, and consultant for Ryan White CARE Act Programs. 

He is the former Director of Emergency Care at Children’s Hospital, where he oversaw the development and expansion of emergency services and the development of the pediatric hospitalist program.  Besides participating in the organization of many community-based programs in Louisiana, he has served as the Executive Director of both the NO/AIDS Task Force, the largest AIDS service organization in the Gulf South, and  the FACES Program, which serves HIV-infected and affected women, children and adolescents and their families.