Kim Edward LeBlanc M.D., Ph.D, Professor and Head of Family Medicine, Director of Rural Education and Professor of Orthopaedics at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center New Orleans School of Medicine, is one of 10 recipients of the 2012 Robert Raszkowski M.D., Ph.D., ACCME Hero Award, presented by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education. The award honors “extraordinary commitment and generosity of time and expertise enabling the ACCME to fulfill its mission of setting standards for quality continuing medical education (CME) and assuring that accredited CME providers meet those standards.” Dr. LeBlanc was chosen because of his exemplary and long-term service to the ACCME, through service on the Board of Directors, the Accreditation Review Committee, the Committee for Review and Recognition, and the Monitoring Committee, as volunteer surveyors and/or as workshop faculty. He is the only recipient from Louisiana and has worked with the ACCME since 2001.

Health BeatOchsner 5K Family Fest will be held on March 9, featuring a 1-mile run/walk and a 5-kilometer run/walk along River Road and the nearby levee. Proceeds from this event benefit the cardiology; transplant; and Change the Kids, Change the Future programs at Ochsner. Included in fundraiser extravaganza is entertainment from the 610 Stompers (left); Gumbo, the Saints mascot; and the Saintsations. The after party will feature live entertainment from The Prescriptions and food and drink from more than 30 New Orleans restaurants. There will also be a kids area with face-painting. In the past, this event has raised more than $1 million to support thousands of patients and their families by providing funding for education, training and financial assistance. To participate, register at

Health BeatThe annual fundraiser, Hogs for the Cause, takes place at New Orleans City Park on March 22-23, to raise money for pediatric brain cancer care. More than 80 teams compete to be crowned the “Louisiana pork champion,” and the family-friendly event will feature live music and food from a variety of local vendors. For information, check out