TRMC surgeon attends Gov. Jindal bill signing

Staff Writer
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Pictured with Governor Jindal are from left to right, Cindy Bishop, Executive Director, Louisiana Orthopedic Association, Neil Maki, MD, Former President of the Louisiana Orthopedic Association, and State Representative, Lenar Whitney.

Neil Maki, MD, orthopedic surgeon on staff at Thibodaux Regional Medical Center, recently attended a bill signing ceremony with Governor Bobby Jindal and other state dignitaries. The Bill signed into law by Governor Jindal addresses the issue of out-of-state physicians traveling with their sports teams.

House Bill 1074, authored by Representative Lenar Whitney from Houma, will create an exemption from licensure for those individuals who are licensed to practice medicine in another state or country and allow them to attend to the acute care needs of the official traveling party of athletes and staff of an athletic team while the team is competing in Louisiana. This measure was spearheaded by the Louisiana Orthopedic Association and had the support of the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners. House Bill 1074 was and is now designated as Act 535. Approximately 20 states have adopted this similar exemption.