<P>24 TULANE | MEDICINE FALL 2013 tulane.edu/som MEDICINE NOTES With Honors The Tulane Medical Alumni Association honors a liability reform and privacy advocate, along with a heart surgeon known for the fastest hands in the West. After graduating from Tulane University in 1960 and the Tulane School of Medicine in 1963, Dr. Donald J. Palmisano completed an internship at Charity Hospital New Orleans on the Tulane Service, and then a surgery residency at Tulane from 1964-68. He was the U.S. Air Force chief of surgery for the 821st Med Group (SAC) from 1968-70. Dr. Palmisano was in private medical practice in New Orleans from 1970-2006. He is board-certi?ed and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He also received his JD degree from Loyola Law School and was awarded Loyola University New Orleans Presidents Medal in 2005. Palmisano is a former president of the American Medical Association (2003-04) and the Louisiana State Medical Society (1984-85), where he was inducted into the hall of fame. He serves as clinical professor of surgery and clinical professor of medical jurisprudence at Tulane University School of Medicine, where he teaches Leadership in Medicine. For more than 35 years he practiced general and vascular surgery in a six-person surgical group in New Orleans East until Hurricane Katrina destroyed the hospitals in the area and the homes of his patients. During that disaster, Palmisano obtained emergency communicators from the private sector and donated them to emergency medicine doctors at Charity Hospital, the Louisiana State Medical Association leadership and the coroners of Orleans and Jefferson parishes. Dr. Palmisano is president of Intrepid Resources®, a risk-management and patient safety company, and the author of the acclaimed book, On Leadership— Essential Principles for Success, now in an expanded second edition. His latest book, The Little Red Book of Leadership Lessons, containing leadership quotes, was published in 2012. He is a popular keynote speaker on leadership. He has delivered more than 1,000 speeches and media interviews and has testi?ed in Congress many times on medical liability reform, patient safety, antitrust, health system reform and patient privacy. His message about the need for less government and third-party involvement in medicine, as well as the need to ?x the broken liability system, has not changed since he ?rst testi?ed before Congress in 1976 during the hearings on National Health Insurance. He was a key participant in the development and passage of La. Act 817 of 1975, the comprehensive medical malpractice legislation in Louisiana. His national advocacy for patient privacy and medical record con?dentiality resulted in the American Psychiatric Association awarding him an honorary fellowship in 2003. After graduating from the Tulane University School of Medicine in 1963, Dr. Elias S. Hanna completed his residency at Baylor University School of Medicine in Houston, Texas, where he trained under Dr. Michael DeBakey (M 32), and Dr. Denton Cooley. In 1969 he was drafted by the U.S. Army to perform surgery in Saigon, Vietnam. During slow times at the U.S. Army Third Field Hospital, he created an important program that had lasting positive effects on the Vietnamese people. Hanna OUTSTANDING ALUMNUS AWARD: DR. DONALD J. PALMISANO, JD, &ACS operated on 89 Vietnamese children and received South Vietnams highest honor from the governments Ministry of Health for performing the ?rst successful heart operation on a Vietnamese citizen. He feels that the highlight of his service in Vietnam was when he successfully removed an enemy bullet from the heart of a 20-year-old American soldier. The next day, articles with photos of Hanna, the soldier and the bullet he removed were published in newspapers all over the world. The operation on the soldier was just one of many to make headlines. After a stint as an assistant heart surgeon at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center in Aurora, Colorado, Hanna was named chief of thoracic surgery at St. Marys Hospital in San Francisco, where he started a new open-heart surgery program. In 1972 he performed a triple bypass operation on a patient who was a Jehovahs Witness. Due to his religious beliefs, the man refused a blood transfusion. Hannas 11-member operating team successfully performed the procedure in 75 minutes with no transfusion, earning him a reputation for having the fastest hands in the West. A farmers son, he now devotes much of his time to the winery he established in Sonoma County, Calif. C.D. TAYLOR AWARD: DR. ELIAS S. 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