To be the trusted advocate for physicians in the state of Louisiana
To promote excellence in the practice of medicine
Here for you since 1878.
In 1878, a time that saw a renaissance in Louisiana with the birth of a new state constitution, 80 representing 15 parishes gathered in New Orleans on January 14-16 and formed the Louisiana State Medical Association. The name would later be changed to the Louisiana State Medical Society (LSMS). Since its inception in 1878, the LSMS has worked for a singular purpose: to advance healthcare in the state of Louisiana.
The Board of Governors serves as the trustee and the administrative board of the LSMS and transacts all business for and on behalf of the Society in the interval between HOD meetings. Click here to view the actions and minutes from the Board of Governors.
Lee Stevens, MD
Katherine Williams, MD
Obstetrics / Gynecology
Susan Bankston, MD
Immediate Past President
R. Reece Newsome, MD
Richard Paddock, MD
Secretary - Treasurer
Paul Perkowski, MD
T. Steen Trawick, MD
David Broussard, MD
Board of Councilors
The Board of Councilors acts as the judicial body of the Society and serves as the liaison to members in an LSMS district.
To learn more about the LSMS districts, click here.
Jeff Williams has served as Executive Vice President and CEO of the Louisiana State Medical Society and its four subsidiaries – HealthSYNC of Louisiana, Journal of the LSMS, LSMS Educational and Research Foundation, and LSMS Physicians Services, Inc. since 2010. Prior to assuming his current role, Williams served as CFO and Director of Administration for the LSMS from 2005-2010. Formerly, Williams was employed as a Risk Consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP and holds a B.S. in Finance from Southeastern Louisiana University and a Masters of Business Administration from Louisiana State University.
Lauren Bailey accepted the position of Vice President of Legal Affairs at the Louisiana State Medical Society (LSMS) in March of 2017. Before joining LSMS, Bailey served as Executive Counsel for Louisiana School Employees' Retirement System where she was responsible for drafting, monitoring, recommending positions on and testifying on behalf of its board of trustees relative to legislation. She is also a former attorney for the Louisiana State Senate and an Assistant Attorney General for the Louisiana Attorney General's Office. The Morgan City native is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a B.S. in Business Administration and received her J.D. from Southern University Law Center.
Maria Bowen joined the LSMS in 2019 as Vice President of Governmental Affairs. Prior to joining the LSMS, Bowen has represented a number of different industries and boasts more than twenty years in association management including governmental and public relations experience with a varied background in issues management, communications, fundraising, coalition building, and grassroots lobbying at the local, state, and federal levels. The Mound, LA, native ventured to Baton Rouge to attend Louisiana State University and never left.
Christopher LeBouef is the Vice President of Marketing and Communications for the Louisiana State Medical Society and the managing editor for the Journal of the Louisiana State Medical Society. Prior to joining the LSMS in 2012, LeBouef was a publicity and marketing manager for the Recreation and Park Commission for the Parish of East Baton Rouge (BREC) where he managed numerous in-house marketing accounts. The Baton Rouge native holds a B.A. in Communication Studies focused in Communication and Business Administration from Louisiana State University. He is actively involved in the Public Relations Association of Louisiana Baton Rouge Chapter and the American Academy of Medical Society Executives.
Terri Watson joined the Louisiana State Medical Society in 2008 as Membership Coordinator. She now serves as the Sr. Director of Member Services & Administration, where she manages the Membership Department including educational activities and office operations. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing (2003) and a Master’s in Business Administration (2004), both from Southeastern Louisiana University. She is an active member of the American Association of Medical Society Executives, and volunteers with Rotolo’s Foundation as the Vice President.
Sarah Edwards joined the Louisiana State Medical Society in 2017 and currently serves as the Manager of Operations and Special Projects. She is an active member of Club Blue - young professional affinity group of Boys & Girls Club of Greater Baton Rouge and the Baton Rouge Events Association. Sarah holds a B.S. in Health Education & Promotion from Southeastern Louisiana University and is currently working on her MBA.
MaryBeth Wilkerson joined the Louisiana State Medical Society in 2017 and currently serves as the Governmental Affairs Associate. At LSMS, she lobbies the Louisiana State Legislature along with the Governmental Affairs team and also manages the Louisiana Medical Political Action Committee (LAMPAC). Prior to joining LSMS, MaryBeth attended The University of Alabama where she lobbied as a student on behalf of her student body. MaryBeth is originally from Florence, AL and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Information Sciences focused in Public Relations and Political Science from The University of Alabama.
Gina Garner is the Communications Associate for the Louisiana State Medical Society and the editorial assistant for the Journal of the Louisiana State Medical Society. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Communications with a concentration in Public Relations from Mississippi State University, she joined the LSMS team in June 2018.