Volume X, Number 3

The Louisiana Campaign Newsletter

May 2002

Palmisano Continues to Receive
High Praise and Endorsement
     With the June election drawing near, Donald Palmisano, MD, JD continues to receive the strong support and endorsements of his colleagues across the nation in his bid for President-Elect of the AMA.
     Whether testifying before Congress, communicating with the state medical societies, encouraging medical students in their studies, working with healthcare organizations to improve their risk
management, appearing before national audiences on such shows as “Good Morning America” and “The Today Show”, or caring for his patients in the operating room, Dr. Palmisano’s commitment and dedication to his profession are made apparent through his own actions and the words of those who work with him.
      Here is just a sample of what others have to say about Dr. Palmisano: 

Dr. Palmisano’s personal and professional ethics and integrity are of the highest order. He enjoys an outstanding reputation as a professional in two disciplines and as a community member.

John J. Walsh, MD - Chancellor Emeritus - Tulane University School of Medicine

Don’s medical skills and compassion with his patients are extraordinary; his enthusiasm and constant search for knowledge and wisdom make him a true Renaissance man. His passion and belief in AMA’s goals convinced me to join as a lifetime member.

Jim Brown, MD - Co-founder James E. Brown, MD &
Donald J. Palmisano, MD, A Professional Medical Corporation

Donald is truly a fantastic physician and leader. He is experienced, knowledgeable, articulate, never too busy to help. His commitment and dedication to the enrichment of organized medicine is amazing. We are fortunate and proud to have him as a member of our delegation.

Jay M. Shames, MD - Chair, Louisiana Delegation - American Medical Association

Dr, Palmisano represents the AMA on April 25, 2002 at the Congressional press conference for the introduction of a national tort reform bill, H.R. 4600.
Dr. Palmisano is a man of great worth. He has enormous talent, which he has used to help patients and our AMA. He is willing to help anyone by sharing his wealth of knowledge. Most of all, he is my friend, who always stands by my side when I am in need. He is a born leader.

W. Juan Watkins, MD
Louisiana Delegate Emeritus
American Medical Association
Dr. Palmisano appears on the August 2001 cover of New Orleans Magazine as one of the “Top Doctors” in the city, as selected by his medical peers. Speaking about Medicine in his interview, Dr. Palmisano said, “The most wondrous thing is the trust that this patient gives to you. Here is a patient you may have just met 30 minutes before [going] into the operating room [following] an accident. And this patient says: ‘I trust that you will look after me and do what’s in my best interest.’ That’s an awesome responsibility.”

The Pelican
The campaign newsletter of the Louisiana State Medical Society

Jay M. Shames, M.D.

6767 Perkins Road
Baton Rouge, LA 70808
E-mail: publicaffairs@lsms.org

Visit the LSMS website for more on Palmisano for AMA President-Elect.

The Pelican Brief* - The candidate's position on the issues

Leadership is essential if we are to advance AMA’s goals. Without effective communication, successful leadership is difficult if not impossible.

Leadership – according to Robert M. Terry – is authentic (truthful) action and courage is the fuel that propels that action.

Leadership is moving the organization toward the accomplishment of the Mission with courage and truth. It is not “Brownian motion” and status quo.

We have greatness within our grasp; but we must have leadership and courage or greatness will elude us. Each of us must incorporate the qualities of a leader into our mind and spirit. I always remember my Dad’s advice: Do your homework, have courage, and don’t give up!

Yes, you will meet critics. Such is life. But Theodore Roosevelt said that it was not the critic who counts; it is the man in the arena….

Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.

Continue to be a leader and bring us a bright future of Medicine, full of wonders, cures for cystic fibrosis with attenuated cold viruses carrying patches to defective DNA coding, and much more.

We can do it if we try;

We can do it if we remain true to the honorable profession of Medicine that puts the patient first;

We can do it if we effectively communicate and build trust between us;

We can do it if we unite, speak with one voice, and don’t give up!

Let’s take control of our own destiny. Otherwise others will.

If we fail, we risk a new Dark Age, a Dark Age of Medicine — full of fear, control by others, and rationing. But we will not fail!

The eyes of the world are upon us. Medicine is in crisis with the out-of-control tort system and more. America needs us. We must not fail. We must not retreat into a tower of Babel but instead speak clearly with the right message, the heroic message. Words mean something!

Shakespeare said in Julius Caesar:
There is a tide in the affairs of men,
which taken at the flood leads on to
fortune; omitted,
all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in misery.
On such a full sea are we now afloat:
We must take the current when it serves or lose our ventures.

Shakespeare also said in Henry V:

This story shall the good man teach his son,
.....we in it shall be remembered,
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers,
.....And gentlemen in England now abed
Shall think themselves accursed they were not here
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin’s day.

Yes, the tide is here in Congress and in American Medicine. We need to take the current to success. And those that help and those that don’t need only reflect on Shakespeare again.

Carpe Diem!

And God Bless America and the AMA and every one of you.


From the Pelican Recipe files:
     Cream of Garlic Soup     
Compliments of Chef/Owner Susan Spicer
of Bayona and Herbsaint Restaurants in New Orleans
6 c onions, peeled and sliced (about 2 lb)
2 c garlic cloves, peeled - not chopped
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp butter
1 Tbsp chopped fresh thyme
   or 1 tsp dried
1½ quarts chicken broth
1 bouquet garni (parsley stems,
    thyme sprigs & bay leaf tied together)
3 c stale French bread torn into ½-in.
1 c half-&-half or heavy cream
Salt & Pepper
In a 1-gallon heavy-bottomed pot, sauté onions and garlic in butter and oil. Stir frequently over low to medium heat until they turn a deep golden brown (about 30 to 40 minutes). Add thyme, chicken broth and bouquet garni and bring to boil. Stir in bread cubes and simmer for 10 minutes until bread is soft. Remove bouquet garni and puree soup in blender (carefully!). Strain through medium strainer; heat and whisk in more chicken broth, if too thick. Add half-&-half or cream to desired consistency. Season to taste with salt & pepper. Serves 8.


Donald J. Palmisano, MD, JD AMA President-Elect 2002

A Strong Voice.
A Proven Choice.

Dr. Palmisano welcomes your comments and suggestions and looks forward to talking with you about issues regarding our AMA and the Federation.
4417 Lorino St., Suite 200
Metairie, LA. 70006
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