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Terrie Thomas, MD; Woman’s Hospital

Terrie Thomas, MD

Woman’s Hospital

Terrie Thomas is a board-certified Obstetrician/Gynecologist dedicated to maximizing patient outcomes and healthcare experiences. She believes that providing individualized, exceptional medical service is not only an obligation but also a privilege for every healthcare provider.

During her career, Terrie has worked tirelessly to ensure the highest quality of care in her community both through direct patient care and her service in various leadership roles locally and statewide. She currently serves as the Secretary of the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners, tasked with protecting the safety of Louisianans through the licensing and regulation of physicians and allied health professionals. Terrie has chaired various patient care committees including the Credentials Committee, responsible for ensuring the welfare of patients by establishing and upholding eligibility criteria for clinical privileges of the medical staff. She served as Chief of the Medical Staff for Woman’s Hospital, a national leader in women’s and infants’ healthcare, and guided the medical staff through the hospital’s transition to its current Briarwood campus.

Terrie has shared her expertise in clinical quality as a board member for Health Systems Improvement, which aligns Woman’s Hospital administration and medical staff members to meet quality metrics for patient care. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Louisiana Healthcare Connections, aimed at improving outcomes for more than 450,000 insured members. In 2020, she was elected to the Board of Directors for Woman’s Hospital, one of only four hospitals in Louisiana to achieve Magnet certification, and was chosen as the Secretary of the Executive Committee.

Terrie’s commitment to maximizing the patient experience is also exemplified by her advocacy for numerous initiatives in clinical practice transformation. During her tenure as Chairperson of the Woman’s Medical Review Committee, Terrie led the hospital’s efforts to discontinue elective labor induction before 39 weeks, thereby decreasing cesarean section rates and newborn admissions to the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit). In her community, she was one of the first robotically trained physicians for minimally invasive surgery, which has decreased hospitalization stays, recovery time, and intraoperative blood loss for her patients.

Terrie has always enjoyed teaching and mentoring medical students and residents because she wants to engender a passion for clinical excellence in upcoming generations. Terrie is an Assistant Clinical Professor for both the LSU and Tulane OB/GYN Departments. She has expanded her educational role to include nurse practitioners and, most recently, physician assistant students.

Terrie is a community volunteer for various organizations. Her efforts include helping raise almost two hundred thousand dollars for the March of Dimes as Chairperson of the Signature Chefs’ Auction in support of reducing premature births in Louisiana. Terrie has also raised over five thousand dollars for the Big Buddy organization, which provides mentoring and free tutoring to at-risk youth.

Terrie achieved her undergraduate degree in microbiology at Louisiana State University where she was honored as a Top 25 Graduating Senior. She earned her medical degree and completed her residency in Obstetrics/Gynecology at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center. When she is not caring for patients, Terrie escapes the Louisiana heat by traveling to cold destinations with her two children and thoroughly enjoys cooking for family members and friends.