Dr. Myriam A. Ortiz – de Jesus
Dr. Myriam A. Ortiz – de Jesus is originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico. From a very young age, she hoped to become a physician and work to help children. She earned a Doctor of Medicine degree with academic honors from Ponce School of Medicine in Ponce, Puerto Rico, after which, she moved to Louisiana.
In 1992, she completed her internship and residency in General Pediatrics at Tulane University Medical Center in New Orleans. Just three years later, she began working at Tulane as an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and was intricately involved with residency training and medical education. She received her Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics in 1996.
When Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, Tulane University Medical Center flooded. So, Dr. Ortiz – de Jesus moved to an Ochsner clinic in the West Bank area to meet the increasing demand for care throughout the New Orleans area. In 2008, she returned to Puerto Rico to practice, where she remained until this past June. This October, she started practicing at the Ochsner location in Central.
Though Dr. Ortiz – de Jesus knew that she wanted to become a physician when she was a young girl, her education and experience has only fueled her desire to help children. “You have the opportunity to help parents mold the health of their children in the best way,” she said, “The best thing for me is how I’m able to help a parent and help a child... to see how parents feel the relief when they are able to talk to somebody and share their concerns.” She keeps her approach to patient care very straightforward. “That’s the most important,” she said, “to build that trust with them <the parents>.” Her special areas of interest include all areas of general pediatrics and breast feeding promotion. She also has a sixteen-year old son named Victor.
Dr. Ortiz - de Jesus is currently available in Central on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 AM – 4:20 PM, and she is accepting new patients. A list of accepted insurance plans may be found here . Please call 225.761.5600 to schedule an appointment or go online.