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Physicians

Each of these individuals has years of experience in both the hospital, as well as, outpatient settings. They are committed to making your experience at Pelican State one that you will not forget. We believe that a visit to our facility, whether for a physical exam, injury or illness can be a pleasant one.

Michael D. Kotler, MD – Medical Director

Dr. Kotler, trained at the University of Miami and began his career in Emergency Medicine in South Florida. In 1991, he moved to Louisiana as the Regional Medical Director for InPhyNet Medical Management for the Southeast United States. In 2000, he opted to take the entrepreneurial route and founded Pelican State Outpatient Center, a revolutionary concept in health care delivery. Since then, Pelican has been at the forefront of both Occupational Medicine and Urgent Care by serving over 20,000+ patients every year and has consistently been recognized for its excellence. Dr. Kotler’s expertise in handling occupational medicine cases accorded him a distinguished reputation which led to the founding of RemoteMD to deliver an assortment of medical services to remote industrial environments worldwide. In addition to providing medical care, Dr. Kotler serves on teaching faculty at LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans and serves as the Program Director for OccuMedics, a course he developed to train Industrial Remote Environment Medical Specialists (IREMS). Moreover, Dr. Kotler is Medical Director at Plaquemines Medical Center in Port Sulphur, LA, where he has been instrumental in bringing quality health care to Plaquemines Parish.

Lisa K. Hawk, MD – Internal Medicine

Medical School – Louisiana State University at New Orleans, 1997

Residency – Internal Medicine, LSU at New Orleans/Charity Hospital, 1997-2000

Physician Pelican State Outpatient Center, 2001 – Present

Certified examiner Oil and Gas United Kingdom, 2008 – Present

Federal Aviation Administration Medical Examiner, 2010 – Present

National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (FMCSA), 2014 – Present

Certified examiner Norwegian Maritime Association, 2012 – Present

James R. Patterson, MD – Laboratory Director

Occupational and Family Medicine

Louisiana Medical License 011916

MD with honors, Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA, 1972

Rotating Internship and General Medical Officer, US Army, 1972-1975

Board Certified in Family Medicine, 40 years

Board Certified in Occupational Medicine, 20 Years

Certified Medical Review Officer, 20 Years

Laboratory Director, Moderately Complex CLIA Laboratory, 24 Years

Certified examiner Oil and Gas United Kingdom, 10 Years

National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (FMCSA), 6 Years

Staff Physician at Pelican State Outpatient Center, 2008 – Present

John F. Steen, Jr, MD

Internal Medicine & Pediatrics

Medical School – Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, New Orleans – 2004

Residency- Department of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, LSUHSC- New Orleans – 2009

Staff Physician Pelican State Outpatient Center, 2009 – Present

RemoteMD physician, 2010- present

Certified examiner Oil and Gas United Kingdom, 2009 – Present

Certified medical examiner of deep-water divers, Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society, 2011- present

Certified examiner Norwegian Maritime Association, 2012- present

Certified Medical Review Officer, MROCC, 2017- present

National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (FMCSA), 2014 – Present

Sarah M. Schwertner, MD

Dr. Sarah Schwertner attended the University of New Orleans in New Orleans, Louisiana where she received her Bachelor’s of Sciences in Psychology and Biology Premedicine. She then went on to attend LSU School of Medicine. She completed a one-year internship in General Surgery with the LSU Department of Surgery. She then completed a one-year internship in Rural Family Medicine with the LSU Rural Family Medicine program in Bogalusa. Her final last two years of training were completed at East Jefferson General Hospital with the Tulane Family Medicine program. She is the newest member to the Pelican Outpatient Center Team and is excited to take care of our patient’s Urgent Care or Occupational medical needs.