Dr. L'Issa Gates


Dr. L’Issa Gates

Dr. Gates is one of the preeminent physicians in the Greater New Orleans Metropolitan area. She is a native New Orleanian who practices pediatrics and preventive medicine and is the first African American Partner at Westside Clinics, AMC now Ochsner Westside where she delivers outstanding healing services with a caring, nurturing approach. Dr. Gates is an alumna of the Committee for a Better New Orleans/Bryan Bell Metropolitan Leadership Forum and is a member of the Delgado Community College Care & Development of Young Children Board of Advisors because of her keen expertise in child care and commitment to quality, affordable healthcare. In actuality, her influence extends far beyond medicine because she makes a difference in the lives of countless young people by being a staunch advocate for children and abuse prevention, serving as a positive and visible role model in the community; participating in the American Medical Association Doctors Back to School (STEM) program; her commitment to lifelong learning and social justice; serving as a Junior Achievement Volunteer and her willingness to educate our youth about healthy lifestyles and choices. Because of her efforts and philanthropy, she has been a recipient of East Baton Rouge and Jefferson Parish Presidential and New Orleans Mayoral and City Council, Louisiana House and Senate as well as congressional commendations. Data News Weekly named her a 2013 Trailblazer, New Orleans Magazine named her a Top Female Achiever and Gambit Weekly featured her in their 40 Under 40 review. New Orleans City Business Magazine also listed her in their Ones to Watch and Women of the Year highlights and lauded her as a Healthcare Hero. Further, the West St. Tammany YMCA named Dr. Gates a Northshore Hero, the Arnold P. Gold Foundation presented her with its Gold Doc Award, Minority Access, Incorporated named her a National Role Model and the Young Leadership Council named her a Role Model. The National Coalition of 100 Black Women also named her a Torchbearer, the National Minority Quality Forum named Dr. Gates a 40 Under 40 Leaders in Minority Health Award recipient and Character.org named her a National Character Awardee.

Dr. Gates is a graduate of Xavier University of Louisiana where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree Magna Cum Laude in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. She earned a Doctor of Medicine Degree from the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, New Orleans. She is licensed by the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners as well as the Louisiana Department of Education and is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha Medical, Beta Beta Beta Biological, Phi Lambda Upsilon Chemical, Alpha Epsilon Delta Premedical, Delta Omega Public Health, Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership and Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Theta Kappa, Alpha Kappa Mu, Mortar Board and Phi Sigma Theta Scholastic Honor Societies. Further, Dr. Gates is also a member of the American Medical Association and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and her name is synonymous with all things medical.