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Trauma Surgeon Lauren Baumgarten, M.D., Joins Shock Trauma Team

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Trauma Surgeon Lauren Baumgarten, M.D., Joins Shock Trauma Team

Dr. Lauren BaumgartenFellowship-trained Trauma Surgeon Lauren Baumgarten, M.D., has joined the North Oaks Medical Center Shock Trauma team. The hospital is the first Level II trauma center serving Region 9 of Louisiana, which is comprised of Tangipahoa, Livingston, St. Helena, St. Tammany and Washington parishes.

Baumgarten joins a team of eight trauma surgeons who work together to ensure the provision of 24/7 in-house coordinated care for victims suddenly stricken by serious traumatic injury.

Baumgarten comes to North Oaks from MedSTAR Washington Hospital in Washington, D.C., having recently completed a fellowship in Surgical Critical Care at the Level I trauma center.

Prior to her fellowship, she carried out a residency in General Surgery through Sunrise Health Graduate Medical Education Consortium in Las Vegas, Nevada. Her residency encompassed rotations at: Mountain View Hospital and Medical Center, a Level III trauma center; Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, a Level II trauma center; Sunrise Children’s Hospital and Medical Center; and University Medical Center. She served as chief resident in her final year and was on call when the 2017 “Route 91 Harvest Festival” shooting occurred. Hospital-wide, 199 patients were triaged and more than 25 surgeries completed in the first 10 hours of the mass-casualty event.

Baumgarten completed an internship in General Surgery through the University of California San Francisco — East Bay in Oakland. Rotations included Highland Hospital, a Level II trauma center; Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center and University of California San Francisco Benioff Children’s Hospital, all in Oakland.

She earned her medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, where she participated in a trauma sub-internship and was an organizing member of the Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine, the first teaching kitchen operated within a medical school.

Professionally, she belongs to the American College of Surgeons, American Medical Association and Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons.

In preparation for her future career caring for trauma victims, Baumgarten volunteered with Doctor’s Aid in India helping to run clinics in rural communities through its Himalayan Health Exchange.

Other North Oaks Shock Trauma Center providers include: Drs. Marquinn D. Duke (medical director of the trauma program and chief of staff for North Oaks Medical Center), Michael Fahr, Patrick Greiffenstein, Rosemarie Robledo, Jonathan Schoen, Alison Smith and Shahrzad Talebinejad; Nurse Practitioners Aaron Bateman, Adrienne Holdridge and Ellen Wilson; and Physician Assistant Jennifer Rhodes.

North Oaks Shock Trauma Center is verified and designated a Level II Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons and Louisiana Department of Health.

In addition, North Oaks Shock Trauma Center is part of the Louisiana Emergency Response Network (LERN), an agency of state government created to develop and maintain a statewide system of care coordination for trauma patients.

For more information about North Oaks Shock Trauma Center, call North Oaks Public Relations at (985) 230-6647.