Baton Rouge area

Tina M. Harris, of the LSU Manship School of Mass Communication, is one of two recipients of the Distinguished Scholar Award from the Critical and Cultural Studies Division of the National Communication Association.

The award is given to a scholar who has made an impact on scholarship and the people of the division, which is made up of scholars who view communication and culture as mutually constructive and are dedicated to fostering critical and interdisciplinary approaches to a broad range of topics. The division underscores that teaching and scholarship are powerful tools for fostering social justice and promoting social change. 

Harris joined the Manship School’s faculty in summer 2019 as the Douglas L. Manship Sr.-Dori Maynard Race, Media and Cultural Literacy Endowed Chair. She is an internationally known interracial communication scholar who studies and teaches on race, media representations and racial social justice.

Louisiana Hematology Oncology Associates and Medical Oncology LLC, physician practices affiliated with Our Lady of the Lake Physician Group and Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center, have been recognized by the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative Certification Program LLC. QOPI is a subsidiary of the American Society of Clinical Oncology Inc.

Certification is based on completing a three-year certification program for outpatient hematology-oncology services that meet nationally recognized standards for quality cancer care. LHOA has been QOPI-accredited since 2010 and this year marks Medical Oncology’s inaugural accreditation.

New Orleans area

Richard J. Tyler, a partner in the New Orleans office of law firm Jones Walker, was elected a fellow of the American College of Construction Lawyers.

Founded in 1989, the ACCL is a national invitation-only organization of lawyers who have demonstrated skill, experience, high standards of professional and ethical conduct in the practice or teaching of construction law, and dedication to excellence in the specialized practice of construction law. Tyler has served as a chair of Jones Walker’s construction team for 22 years. His construction practice involves both dispute resolution and transactional work on behalf of owners, contractors, subcontractors and suppliers on a variety of projects and delivery systems, both domestically and internationally. 

Dr. Christopher J. White, director of the John Ochsner Heart and Vascular Institute, has been recognized by Vascular Interventional Advances Physicians with the 2019 Atlas award for his impact as a scholar and leader in the vascular field.

The not-for-profit organization, dedicated to advancing the field of vascular medicine and intervention through education and research, annually recognizes a physician whose career is committed to advancing the care of patients with vascular disorders, while also fostering the next generation of health care professionals. White has more than four decades of experience, practicing medicine in San Francisco; Washington, D.C.; Glasgow, Scotland; and New Orleans. In addition to his role with JOHVI, White serves as the medical director of value based care and system chairman for cardiovascular disease for Ochsner Health System and is professor and chairman of medicine and cardiology for the University of Queensland Ochsner Clinical School.