Surgeon Marquinn D. Duke has joined North Oaks Shock Trauma Program and North Oaks Medical Center. The hospital has expanded its services to include around-the-clock coverage for trauma surgery, a news release from North Oaks said.

Duke has joined Trauma Director Dr. Juan Duchesne in treating trauma cases involving falls, motor vehicle crashes, sports injuries and other accidents, the release said.

The hospital has the second-busiest emergency department in Louisiana, seeing more than 70,000 patients annually, the release said.

After earning a bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri at Columbia, Duke obtained his medical degree from University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He completed a surgical residency at Tulane University in New Orleans and a fellowship in surgical critical care at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

He then entered the psychology programs at Southern Methodist University in Dallas for his master’s degree and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for his doctorate degree.

With the addition of Duke, the North Oaks trauma program offers trauma surgeons in-house at all times for victims suddenly stricken by serious traumatic injury. North Oaks is voluntarily working toward becoming an American College of Surgeons-verified Level II Trauma Center, the release said.

For information about North Oaks’ Trauma Program, call North Oaks Corporate Communications at (985) 230-6647 or visit northoaks.org.