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SAEM National Grand Rounds webinar entitled "From Katrina to COVID-19: Emergency Care for the Underserved During Times of Crisis."

Medical leaders from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center (LSU Health) New Orleans will share their experiences and lessons learned in treating the underserved during the COVID-19 pandemic. A moderated Q & A session will immediately follow the presentation.


  • Hospital Level Pandemic Preparation
  • System Emergency Management
  • Disparities in COVID-19 Infections and Outcomes
  • Patient and Family Experience During the Pandemic  
  • Preparing for Special Populations
  • EPIC and discharge/testing


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Ian B.K. Martin, MD, MBA
Medical College of Wisconsin

Ian B. K. Martin, MD, MBA, is the President of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM).

Dr. Martin is the System Chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) in Milwaukee. At the Medical School, he holds appointments as Professor of Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine. Dr. Martin is also Emergency Physician-in-Chief of the Froedtert and MCW health network. Before this, he served as Professor and Chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at West Virginia University School of Medicine in Morgantown.




Jennifer Avegno, MD

Dr. Jennifer Avegno is a New Orleans native who received her undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame, a Master of Arts in Sociology from Tulane University and her MD from LSU School of Medicine – New Orleans.  She completed her residency at LSU/Charity Hospital Emergency Medicine and joined the faculty at both LSU and Tulane shortly after graduation.  As an academic faculty member, Dr. Avegno served as Associate Residency Director and Director of Undergraduate Emergency Medicine Education for both LSU and Tulane Medical Schools.  In 2017, she established the Division of Community Health Relations & Engagement in the LSU Section of Emergency Medicine, and as its director worked with institutional, governmental, and other community organizations to facilitate innovative programming, interdisciplinary partnerships, and improved population health outcomes.  Her clinical, program, and research interests include the role of social determinants of health, particularly access and barriers to care; health equity; violence intervention/prevention; sexual assault and human trafficking; and homelessness.  In 2018, she was appointed as the Director of the Health Department for the City of New Orleans, where she leads a dedicated team of public health professionals in addressing critical health needs for the community.

Baren David Beran, DO, MPH

David Beran, DO, MPH is a board certified emergency physician and the medical director of the ED at University Medical Center, New Orleans. 

 DeBelieux Peter DeBelieux, MD

Dr. Peter DeBlieux, completed medical school at Louisiana State Health Science Center, completed internship in Internal Medicine LSUHSC Department of Medicine, residency and Chief residency in Emergency Medicine LSUHSC Charity Hospital, completed Pulmonary Critical Care fellowship LSUHSC Section of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at LSUHSC Charity Hospital.  Former Program Director of the LSUHSC Charity Hospital Emergency Medicine Residency for ten years and former Director of Resident and Faculty Development for ten years.  Appointments with both LSUHSC as Clinical Professor of Medicine and Tulane University Medical School as Clinical Professor of Surgery.  Attending in Emergency Medicine and the Medical Intensive Care Unit of LSUHSC Charity Hospital for over 30 years.  Former Chief Medical Officer and Director of Quality and Patient Safety at University Medical Center, New Orleans.  Currently he is Chief Experience Officer at University Medical Center, New Orleans directing patient satisfaction, employee engagement and Provider engagement.

elder  Jeffrey M. Elder, MD 

Dr. Jeffrey Elder is a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine in the Section of Emergency Medicine at LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans and serves as the Co-Director of the Division of EMS and Disaster Medicine.  He is also the Medical Director for Emergency Preparedness at University Medical Center in New Orleans and EMS Medical Director for St. Tammany Fire District No. 1 (Slidell Fire).  He previously served as the Director and Medical Director of New Orleans EMS.  A graduate of LSU School of Medicine, Dr. Elder began his career in EMS while training as a resident in Emergency Medicine at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center. While working with some of the best paramedics in the country, he learned how advances in prehospital medicine can drive in-hospital emergency medical care. He is board certified in both Emergency Medicine with subspecialty board certified in Emergency Medical Services by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. 


Scott Mackey, DO

Currently the Chief Medical Informatics Officer, UMCNO and practicing attending physician in Emergency Medicine.


Lisa Moreno-Walton, MD

Dr. Lisa Moreno is Professor of Emergency Medicine, Director of Research, Diversity, and the Latino Scholars Program at Louisiana State University- New Orleans.  She is President-elect of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine and an NIH Research Scholar. Her multiple awards include the SAEM Martin Leadership Award, Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Professionalism Award, CORD Distinguished Educator Award, ADIEM Outstanding Academician Award,  AAMC Healthcare Executive Diversity & Inclusion Certificate, and the Order of the IFEM.   The recipient of many research grants, Prof. Moreno has over 500 academic presentations, 45 publications, 6 book chapters, and 2 textbooks.  Her research interests include diversity and healthcare disparities, violence prevention and treatment, and viral diseases.  She has mentored over 350 students, residents and junior faculty around the world.  A global health consultant and educator, she has served in over 25 countries, focusing on the development of research and elimination of healthcare disparities for women, underrepresented minorities, and the under-resourced.  


April 4, 2020: COVID-19 National Grand Rounds (Hosted by SAEM)

COVID-19 Response: Lessons Learned from an Academic Health System in New York City

Download Presentation Slides.

Question and Answers from Webinar.

Content Expert Speakers
Columbia University:
  • Nicholas Gavin, MD, MBA, MS 
  • Angela M. Mills, MD
  • Erica L. Olsen, MD
  • Marie-Laure Romney, MD, MBA
NewYork-Presbyterian Queens:
  • Manish Sharma, DO, MBA
Weill Cornell Medicine:
  • Brenna M. Farmer, MD, MBA, MS
  • Peter Greenwald, MD, MS
  • Matthew McCarty, MD
  • Rahul Sharma, MD, MBA
  • Peter A.D. Steel, MA, MBBS 
Ian B.K. Martin, MD, MBA
SAEM President 

Content Experts For Online Q&A

Columbia University:
  • David Kessler, MD, MSc
  • Penelope Lema, MD
  • Christopher Tedeschi, MD, MA
NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist:
  • Gerardo C. Chiricolo, MD
Weill Cornell Medicine:
  • David James Bodnar, MD
  • Amos Joseph Shemesh, MD
  • Robert Sean Tanouye, MD, MBA


  1. Preparation paradigm
    • Staff safety & PPE
    • Internal operations
    • External operations
  2. Care standardization
    • Mild/moderate COVID and novel care transitions
  3. Telemedicine
    • Virtual urgent care
    • Novel applications in the Department
  4. Follow-up program
  5. Communications
  6. Faculty affairs
    • At-risk faculty
    • Peer support
    • COVID+ faculty: when can they return to work and what precautions do they take?
  7. Leadership