Louisiana State Medical Society Names President, Presents Physicians’ Awards

William “Beau” Clark, MD

NEW ORLEANS – William “Beau” Clark, MD assumed the role of President of the Louisiana State Medical Society (LSMS) Friday, Feb. 3, the same day as its annual House of Delegates meeting in Baton Rouge. The group also presented its Distinguished Service Award, Continuing Medical Education Award and Physician Award for Community Service to three Louisiana physicians and longtime members of LSMS at the meeting.

         “It is truly an honor to accept the presidency of the Louisiana State Medical Society and I pledge to do my best to be its steward for the next year, defending the principles of medicine that provide the best outcomes for our patients,” Clark said in his inauguration remarks.

         Dr. Clark received his undergraduate degree from Louisiana Tech University and graduated from LSU Medical School-New Orleans. He completed his internship and residency at Earl K. Long Medical Center in Baton Rouge. He is board certified in Emergency Medicine and practices as an emergency room physician. In 2011 he was elected East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner and was sworn into office on March 26, 2012. He began his second term in March 2016.

         The LSMS presented Irving M. Blatt, MD with the Distinguished Service Award. He has been an active member of several medical organizations including the LSMS since 1961, and served as president of the Terrebonne Parish Medical Society in 2013-14. Dr. Blatt has served as a member of the LSMS House of Delegates as a delegate from parish medical societies in Lafourche, Saint Mary, or Terrebonne parishes since 1974. He served as a member of the Board of Governors from 2001-14 as the Third District Councilor and the LSMS Medical Education Committee for nineteen years from 1977-95.

         The group also recognized Harold L. Ishler, MD of Denham Springs, LA, with the Continuing Medical Education Award. The LSMS established the Award in 1996 to recognize those physicians who had contributed valuable leadership in promoting and encouraging the highest standards in continuing medical education.

         The LSMS presented Physician Award for Community Service to Mohammed Suleman, MD of Kenner, LA. The award provides recognition to a member who is actively involved in community and civic activities above and beyond their responsibilities in the practice of medicine. The LSMS community service award is given in appreciation of the time and personal investment given by physicians to the welfare of their respective communities and the positive reflection this service brings to the medical profession.

         Suleman has a long and distinguished record of service to his community, as well as, around the world, LSMS reps said. This record includes volunteering to stay behind in order to serve patients during hurricane evacuations for 35 years and starting a free medical clinic in 2008, which provides free care, vaccinations and screenings. He also supports local charities including Doctors Without Boarders and Veterans of North America. Suleman is a founding board member of the Human Development Foundation of North America, which has provided charitable activities including free health care, education and poverty alleviation in rural areas of Pakistan and has spearheaded fundraising activities for disasters in Kashmir and Haiti.

         Established in 1878, the LSMS serves as the trusted advocate for physicians in the state of Louisiana. LSMS aims to promote excellence in the practice of medicine and is the largest voluntary physician organization in the state, representing all specialties.

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