Associate Professor Leo Seoane

Academic Title-Associate Professor

Ochsner Clinical School
Faculty of Medicine


Leonardo Seoane, MD, FACP

Dr. Seoane graduated magna cum laude from Loyola University in New Orleans, with a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences. He earned his Doctor of Medicine degree at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans, graduating with Alpha Omega Alpha honors, an elite designation recognizing excellence in scholarship and the highest ideals in the profession of medicine. After medical school, he completed an internship at the University of Alabama Birmingham Medical Center and residency in Internal Medicine at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC) in New Orleans. He continued his education by completing a fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine through a combined LSUHSC and Ochsner Medical Center program. His pursuit of excellence further inspired him to complete a research and clinical fellowship in Lung Transplant at the Ochsner Medical Center where he has been a staff physician since 2002.

Dr. Leonardo Seoane became an Associate Professor with The University of Queensland, School of Medicine in 2009. He served as the Deputy Head of School for Curriculum, Clerkship Director for the Critical Care course, Clerkship Director of the Internal Medicine course, and Clerkship Director for Medical Specialties for The University of Queensland, Ochsner Clinical School located in New Orleans, Louisiana. In addition, he developed the disadvantaged youth rotation and the international Haiti rotation as a component of the Medicine in Society course. His passion for academic medicine and the advancement of medical discovery secured his rapid promotion to Senior Deputy Head of School in 2013 and to the Head of School Position in 2016.

Dr. Seoane was instrumental in implementing The University of Queensland School of Medicine curriculum at the Ochsner Clinical School, facilitating the achievement of accreditation from the Australian Medical Council, Californian State Board of Medicine, and recognition from the New York State Board of Education.

Dr. Seoane has won numerous teaching awards, including the Hurst B. Hatch Award for Outstanding Teacher of the Year seven times from 2004 - 2013, the Ochsner Health System Spirit of Leadership Award for Teaching in 2006, and most recently, the Ochsner Health System Physician Academic Contributor of the Year in 2016. He is regarded as an expert in the management of sepsis and medical education and has been an invited speaker at numerous national and international conferences. He has fostered a research partnership between the University of Queensland Burns, Trauma, and Critical Care Research Center and the Ochsner Medical Center Department of Pulmonary and Critical Care. He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Palliative Care.

Previous leadership roles held by Dr. Seoane include serving as the Associate Program Director for the Ochsner Medical Center Internal Medicine Residency Program from 2003 - 2012, Medical Director of the Ochsner Medical Center Lung Transplant Program from 2008 - 2012, and Chair of the Sepsis Performance Improvement Committee at the Ochsner Medical Center.

But most important he is a loving husband to his wife Michelle Seoane M.D. who is a pediatrician practicing in the Ochsner Health System and a proud father of Eddy and Leo.


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Journal Article

  • Bates, Michael, Factor, Matthew, Parrino, P. Eugene, Bansal, Aditya, Rampolla, Reinaldo, Seoane, Leonardo, Mena, Jose, Gaudet, Matthew, Smith, William and McFadden, P. Michael (2017) Lung transplantation and the routine use of cardiopulmonary bypass and median sternotomy: Experience at the ochsner multi-organ transplant institute. Ochsner Journal, 17 1: 38-41. doi:10.1043/1524-5012-17.1.38

  • Deichmann R.E., Alder L., Seoane L., Pinsky W.W. and Dodd Denton G. (2016) Initial match rates of an innovative international partnership: The ochsner clinical school experience. The Ochsner Journal, 16 1: 27-31.

  • Amedee, Ronald G. and Seoane, Leonardo (2016) Sailing osler’s uncharted sea with innovation and collaboration at the helm. Ochsner Journal, 16 1: 1-2.

  • Seoane, Leonardo, Tompkins, Lisa M., de Conciliis, Anthony and Boysen, Philip G. (2016) Virtues education in medical school: the foundation for professional formation. The Ochsner Journal, 16 1: 50-55.

  • Rodrigue, Christopher, Seoane, Leonardo, Gala, Rajiv B., Piazza, Janice and Amedee, Ronald G. (2013) Implementation of a faculty development curriculum emphasizing quality improvement and patient safety: Results of a qualitative study. Ochsner Journal, 13 3: 319-321.

  • Seoane, Leonardo, Winterbottom, Fiona, Nash, Teresa, Behrhorst, Jessica, Chacko, Elen, Shum, Lucas, Pavlov, Andrey, Briski, David, Thibeau, Shelley, Bergeron, Dominique, Rafael, Tiffany and Sundell, Erik (2013) Using quality improvement principles to improve the care of patients with severe sepsis and septic shock. Ochsner Journal, 13 3: 359-366.

  • Rehman, Tayyab, Moore, Thomas A. and Seoane, Leonardo (2012) Serratia marcescens necrotizing fasciitis presenting as bilateral breast necrosis. Journal of Clinical Microbiology, 50 10: 3406-3408. doi:10.1128/JCM.00843-12

  • Matthay, Michael A., Brower, Roy G., Carson, Shannon, Douglas, Ivor S., Eisner, Mark, Hite, Duncan, Holets, Steven, Kallet, Richard H., Liu, Kathleen D., MacIntyre, Neil, Moss, Marc, Schoenfeld, David, Steingrub, Jay, Thompson, B. Taylor, Hudson, L., Hough, C., Neff, M., Sims, K., Watkins, T., Steingrub, J., Tidswell, M., DeSouza, L., Kardos, C., Kozikowski, L., Kozikowski, K., Guntupalli, K., Bandi, V., Pope, C., Brower, R., Fessler, H., Hager, D., Mendez-Tellez, P., Oakjones, K., Needham, D., Sevransky, J., Workneh, A., Han, S., Murray, S., Shanholtz, C., Netzer, G., Rock, P., Sampaio, A., Titus, J., Harrington, T., Herr, D., Lee, B., Bolouri, N., Wiedemann, H. P., Ashton, R. W., Culver, D. A., Frederick, T., Komara, J. J., Guzman, J. A., Reddy, A. J., Hejal, R., Andrews, M., Haney, D., Lasalvia, S., Thornton, J. D., Warren, E. L., Moss, M., Benson, A., Burnham, E., Clark, B., Gray, L., Higgins, C., Maloney, B. J., Mealer, M., Frankel, S., Bost, T., Dennen, P., Hodgin, K., Douglas, I., Overdier, K., Thompson, K., Wolken, R., MacIntyre, N., Brown, L., Cox, C., Gentile, M., Govert, J., Knudsen, N., Carson, S., Chang, L., Lanier, J., Wheeler, A. P., Bernard, G. R., Hays, M., Mogan, S., Rice, T., Hite, R. D., Morris, P. E., Howard, A., Harvey, A., Bender, K., Wright, P., Gross, S., McLean, J., Overton, A., Truwit, J., Enfield, K., Marshall, M., Clemmer, T., Weaver, L., Zenger, M., Krueger, J., Morris, A., Ahmed, A., Austin, A., Dean, N., Grissom, C., Hirshberg, E., Kumar, N., Miller, R., Napoli, L., Orme, J., Pandita, S., Schreiber, G., Struck, L., Thomas, F., Thomsen, G., Lawton, C., Leung, F., Kim, P., Fujii, T., Baughman, J., Kerwin, B., Hanselman, D., Sundar, K., Alward, W., Hill, T., Campbell, E., Ludwig, K., Nielsen, D., Pearce, M., Matthay, M. A., Calfee, C., Daniel, B., Eisner, M., Garcia, O., Johnson, E., Kallet, R., Kordesch, K., Liu, K., Zhou, H., Peterson, M. W., Blaauw, J., Albertson, T., Vlastelin, E., Hubmayr, R., Brown, D., Gajic, O., Hinds, R., Holets, S., Kor, D. J., Passe, M., Deboisblanc, B., Lauto, P., Romaine, C., Meyaski, G., Hunt, J., Marr, A., Long, Earl K., Brierre, S., LeBlanc, C., Taylor, D., Jain, S., Seoane, L., Simeone, F., Fearon, J., Duchesne, J., Schoenfeld, D., Aquino, M., Dorer, D., Guha, M., Hammond, E., Lavery, N., Lazar, P., Molina, I., Morse, R., Oldmixon, C., Rawal, B., Ringwood, N., Shui, A., Smoot, E., Thompson, B. T., Harabin, A., Bredow, S., Waclawiw, M., Weinmann, G., Spragg, R. G., Slutsky, A., Levy, M., Markovitz, B., Petkova, E., Weijer, C., Sznajder, J., Begg, M., Israel, E., Lewis, J. and Parsons, P. (2011) Randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trial of an aerosolized β2-agonist for treatment of acute lung injury. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, 184 5: 561-568. doi:10.1164/rccm.201012-2090OC

  • Winterbottom, Fiona, Seoane, Leonardo, Sundell, Erik, Niazi, Erik and Nash, Teresa (2011) Improving Sepsis Outcomes for Acutely Ill Adults Using Interdisciplinary Order Sets. Clinical Nurse Specialist, 25 4: 180-185. doi:10.1097/NUR.0b013e318221f2aa

  • Dhillon, Gundeep S., Valentine, Vincent G., Levitt, Joseph, Patel, Premal, Gupta, Meera R., Duncan, Steven R., Seoane, Leonardo and Weill, David (2011) Clarithromycin for prevention of bronchiolitis obliterans syndrome in lung allograft recipients. Clinical Transplantation, 26 1: 1-6. doi:10.1111/j.1399-0012.2011.01420.x

  • Jones, Peter D., Seoane, Leonardo, Deichmann, Richard, Jr. and Kantrow, Charles (2011) Differences and similarities in the practice of medicine between Australia and the United States of America: Challenges and opportunities for the University of Queensland and the Ochsner Clinical School. Ochsner Journal, 11 3: 253-258.

  • Seoane, Leonardo (2010) From the Editor's Desk. Ochsner Journal, 10 4: 225-225.

  • Seoane, Leonardo, Alex, Sheny, Pirtle, Claude, Gupta, Maneesh, Taylor, David E., Valentine, Vincent G. and Arcement, Lee M. (2010) Utility of the 6-minute walk test following lung transplantation. Ochsner Journal, 10 4: 227-230.

  • Gupta, M. R., Valentine, V. G., Walker, J. E., Lombard, G. A., LaPlace, S. G., Seoane, L., Taylor, D. E. and Dhillon, G. S. (2009) Clinical spectrum of gram-positive infections in lung transplantation (vol 11, pg 424, 2009). Transplant Infectious Disease, 11 6: 563-563. doi:10.1111/j.1399-3062.2009.00422.x

  • Gupta, M. R., Valentine, V. G., Walker Jr, J. E., Lombard, G. A., Laplace, S. G., Seoane, L., Taylor, D. E. and Dhillon, G. S. (2009) Clinical spectrum of gram-positive infections in lung transplantation. Transplant Infectious Disease, 11 5: 424-431. doi:10.1111/j.1399-3062.2009.00422.x

  • Valentine, Vincent G., Gupta, Meera R., Walker Jr, James E., Seoane, Leonardo, Bonvillain, Ryan W., Lombard, Gisele A., Weill, David and Dhillon, Gundcep S. (2009) Effect of etiology and timing of respiratory tract infections on development of bronchiolitis obliterans syndrome. Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation, 28 2: 163-169. doi:10.1016/j.healun.2008.11.907

  • Valentine, Vincent G., Gupta, Meera R., Weill, David, Lombard, Gisele A., LaPlace, Stephanie G., Seoane, Leonardo, Taylor, David E. and Dhillon, Gundeep S. (2009) Single-institution Study Evaluating the Utility of Surveillance Bronchoscopy After Lung Transplantation. Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation, 28 1: 14-20. doi:10.1016/j.healun.2008.10.010

  • McAnally, KJ, Valentine, VG, LaPlace, SG, McFadden, PM, Seoane, L and Taylor, DE (2006) Effect of pre-transplantation prednisone on survival after lung transplantation. Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation, 25 1: 67-74. doi:10.1016/j.healun.2005.07.012

  • Seoane, L, Arcement, LM, Valentine, VG and McFadden, PM (2005) Long-term survival in lung transplant recipients after successful preoperative coronary revascularization. Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, 130 2: 538-541. doi:10.1016/j.jtcvs.2004.12.017

  • Seoane, L and Taylor, DE (2003) Medical errors in the intensive care unit: Can we find the black box before the patient crashes?. Critical Care Medicine, 31 10: 2553-2554. doi:10.1097/01.CCM.0000090002.87223.C7

  • Seoane, L, Shellito, J, Welsh, D and deBoisblanc, BP (2001) Pulmonary hypertension associated with HIV infection. Southern Medical Journal, 94 6: 635-639.

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