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LSU Health’s Jernigan Named 2023 MASELA Medical Role Model

March 16, 2023

Dr. Amelia Jernigan, Division Chief of Gynecologic Oncology at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine, was selected by the Medical Association of Southeast Louisiana (MASELA) as its 2023 Medical Role Model. The award was presented to Dr. Jernigan at the Celebration of Medicine & Awards Night on Friday, March 10, 2023.

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Dr. Jernigan is dedicated to improving access to quality care for women throughout the Gulf South and to mentoring each new generation of physicians. She established the STEEL MAGNOLIAs (Shared Telehealth for Multidisciplinary Gynecologic Cancer Survivorship) Program to increase access to care in remote settings. She also founded the student-run group, Women’s Health Research Consortium, to facilitate research in women’s health. She has been described as a fierce advocate for her patients, mentees, and colleagues who inspires all those around her.

Dr. Jernigan is also an Associate Professor of Gynecologic Oncology at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine and the Director of Gynecologic Oncology at University Medical Center in New Orleans. She serves on the scientific advisory board of CAGLA (Cancer Advocacy Group of Louisiana). She teaches and has mentored LSU and Tulane students and residents.

Dr. Amelia Jernigan
Dr. Jernigan initiated the first ovarian cancer hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy program (HIPEC) in Louisiana. She has worked closely with her partners and the LSU Health-LCMC Cancer Center to build the most robust gynecologic cancer trials menu in the state, and her group is lead enrolling sites for several pivotal clinical cancer trials. She is passionate about bringing the most cutting-edge treatments and exciting science to the patients in our region and ensuring that the treatments of tomorrow are reflective of and serve the women we care for.

The Medical Association of Southeast Louisiana (MASELA) was founded in 2020 by the Jefferson & Orleans Parish Medical Societies to be a unified, more responsive organization to serve physicians in the region.

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