Donaldsonville native receives board certification

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Doctors Michael and Jennifer Straney have been certified by the American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM) as ABOM diplomates. They are the first physicians in the Houma-Thibodaux area to receive this certification. ABOM diplomates are physicians who undergo rigorous training and an extensive examination process to achieve this designation.

The American Board of Obesity Medicine serves the public and the field of obesity medicine by maintaining standards for assessment and credentialing physicians. Certification as an ABOM diplomate signifies specialized knowledge in the practice of obesity medicine and distinguishes a physician as having achieved competency in obesity care. ABOM collaborates with the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) to administer the annual credentialing exam.

Currently, there are more than 2,000 ABOM diplomates throughout the United States and Canada.

Jennifer Ourso Straney, MD is also board certified obstetrician gynecologist. Straney is a native of Donaldsonville and a graduate of Ascension Catholic High School. She attended Louisiana State University where she finished Summa Cum Lade with a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Biological Sciences with a minor in Spanish.

She continued her medical education at Ross University School of Medicine, where she graduated with highest honors. After medical school, she returned to Louisiana and completed her Obstetric and Gynecology residency at Ochsner Clinic Foundation in New Orleans, where she served as Chief Resident.

She is a fellow of the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She is a member of various medical societies including the Obesity Medicine Association, Obesity Action Coalition, and the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics. Straney resides in Schriever with her husband, Michael, and their children, Eleanor, Amelia, and Joseph. Outside of medicine, Straney enjoys cooking and spending time with her family and friends. 

Michael J. Straney, MD is also a board certified Emergency Medicine physician. Straney was born and raised in Spring, Texas. Upon graduation from high school, he served in the United States Marine Corps as an Infantry Assaultman.

Following an honorable discharge, Straney attended Texas A&M University where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree with a double major in Biomedical Science and Entomology. His education continued at Ross University School of Medicine where he graduated with Highest Honors. Straney met his future wife, a Louisiana native, in medical school and relocated to continue his medical training here in Louisiana.

He completed an internship in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Ochsner Clinic Foundation in New Orleans. He then completed his Emergency Medicine residency at LSU Health Baton Rouge where he served his final year as Administrative Chief Resident.

Straney is a diplomate of the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is a member of various medical societies including the Obesity Medicine Association, Obesity Action Coalition, and the American College of Emergency Physicians. Dr. Straney currently resides in Schriever with his wife and three children. Outside of medicine, he enjoys fishing and cooking. 

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