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Meet the People in Charge of Our New Orleans Hospital

University Medical Center New Orleans has become an important part of our community. Offering outstanding care, medical training, and advancements in research, our hospital continues to improve the lives of countless people throughout the area. Learn more about our leadership by reading below.

Terrie Sterling, Interim CEOTerrie-Sterling

Terrie Sterling brings a wealth of expertise and experience to the position of interim CEO of University Medical Center. She formerly served as the Chief Operating Officer of Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, where she was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the 800-bed regional medical center and Children’s Hospital. A member of the Louisiana Board of Regents, Terrie was appointed by Gov. John Bel Edwards as Co-Chair of the Resilient Louisiana Commission. She serves on numerous other boards and is an active member of many organizations. Terrie holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Northeast Louisiana University, a Master of Business Administration from Louisiana State University, and a Master of Nursing Science, from Loyola University, New Orleans. She is board certified in healthcare management as an American College of Healthcare Executives Fellow.

Lisa Miranda, Chief Operating Officer

Lisa Miranda is University Medical Center's Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining University Medical Center, Miranda worked for 27 years at Children’s Hospital New Orleans in several roles, including Administrative Director of Laboratory Services, Hospital Safety Officer, and Emergency Management Coordinator. She began her career as a medical technologist in the Children’s Hospital Laboratory, and transitioned into several administrative roles, including Laboratory Supervisor, Assistant Director of the Laboratory, and Assistant Director of Quality Assurance/Infection/Utilization Review. Miranda received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Medical Technology from Nicholls State University and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.

Dr. Nirav Patel, Chief Medical OfficerDr. Nirav Patel

Dr. Nirav Patel is Chief Medical Officer of University Medical Center In this role, he is responsible for directing patient safety and quality in the organization. He serves as liaison to the medical staff and works closely to engage the medical center's academic partners in the strategic initiatives that advance University Medical Center's mission. A specialist in Infectious Diseases and Critical Care Medicine, Dr. Patel most recently served as Chief Medical Officer and Vice-President of Medical Affairs at SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital. Prior to serving in that role, he was the hospital’s Interim Chief Medical Officer, Infection Control Officer and Director of Antibiotic Stewardship. Dr. Patel received his medical degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. He completed a residency and chief residency in Internal Medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He then pursued fellowship training in Critical Care Medicine followed by Infectious Diseases. He practiced at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and with Banner Health prior to joining the faculty at the Saint Louis University School of Medicine.

Dr. Peter DeBlieux, Chief Experience OfficerDr. Peter DeBlieux

Dr. Peter DeBlieuxis University Medical Center's Chief Experience Officer. He is a professor of Clinical Medicine at LSU Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC) and Director of Resident and Faculty Development for the LSUHSC Emergency Medicine department. Dr. DeBlieux previously served as Residency Program Director for LSUHSC. During Hurricane Katrina, he served as a physician at Charity Hospital in caring for patients, visitors and employees, helping direct emergency medical services during recovery efforts in New Orleans from a number of temporary care sites. Dr. DeBlieux received his medical degree at LSUHSC where he also completed internships in internal medicine and emergency medicine, and he completed a critical care fellowship at Charity Hospital. He serves as Executive Director of the Spirit of Charity Foundation.

Dr. Denise Danna, Chief Nursing OfficerDr. Denise Danna

Dr. Denise Danna is Chief Nursing Officer of University Medical Center. She previously served as associate professor and associate dean in the LSUHSC School of Nursing, and has worked as a registered nurse for 40 years. Dr. Danna’s career includes more than 30 years in leadership positions at Memorial Medical Center and its precursors, Mercy+Baptist Medical Center and Southern Baptist Hospital. She has served as President of the Louisiana State Nurses Association and held leadership positions for the New Orleans District Nurses Association and Epsilon Nu. She has been actively involved with the United Way for many years. She received a bachelor’s degree in nursing from LSU Medical Center School of Nursing, a master’s degree and doctorate degree from the LSUHSC – School of Nursing. Dr. Danna has a lengthy research background and has been extensively published including co-authoring "Nursing in the Storm: Voices from Hurricane Katrina.”

Christine Williams Bond, Chief Financial OfficerChristine Williams Bond

Christine Williams Bond is Chief Financial Officer of University Medical Center. Chris previously worked at Atlanta Medical Center in Atlanta, GA, in the role of Assistant Chief Financial Officer. She previously worked as Controller at Emory Johns Creek Hospital in Johns Creek, GA and Emory Dunwoody Hospital in Atlanta, GA. A native New Orleanian, Chris received both a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Healthcare Management from the University of New Orleans.

Charlotte Parent, RN, MHCM, Vice President of Business DevelopmentCharlotte Parent

Charlotte Parent, RN, MHCM, is University Medical Center's Vice President of Business Development. She has more than 29 years of experience in health care, most recently serving as Assistant Vice President of Community Affairs and Network Development at LCMC Health. From 2014-2016, she served as Director of the New Orleans Health Department; for several months during that time, she led New Orleans East Hospital as interim CEO. While in her role as New Orleans Health Director, she was instrumental in the development and implementation of the city’s smoking ban and initiatives related to homelessness, domestic violence and sexual assault. Early in her career, she was the director of Maternal and Child Services at Touro Infirmary in New Orleans, where she developed and oversaw services for expectant mothers and their families. A native New Orleanian, Charlotte received her Diploma of Nursing at the Charity Hospital School of Nursing, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Loyola University and a Masters in Health Care Management from the University of New Orleans.

Dr. Jyotsna Fuloria, Vice President of Clinical ResearchDr. Jyotsna Fuloria

Dr. Jyotsna Fuloria serves as Vice President of Clinical Research for University Medical Center. An oncologist and researcher, Dr. Fuloria previously worked at the Ochsner Cancer Institute where she served as Director of Clinical Oncology Research. Prior to that she held positions in clinical oncology research. Dr. Fuloria received her medical degree from the University of Delhi, Delhi, India. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Unity Health System Rochester, N.Y., and her fellowship in Hematology and Oncology at St. Frances Hospital of Evanston and Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Illinois.