Fellowship-trained Trauma Surgeon Lauren Baumgarten, M.D., has joined the North Oaks Medical Center Shock Trauma team.

The hospital is the only 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, North Oaks officials said.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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