Over the past five years, Children’s Hospital New Orleans has experienced remarkable growth in attracting top pediatric physicians from across the country to join its mission of providing expert care for children across the state and region. National leader for pediatric health care, Dr. Dedrick Moulton, will add to that list when he joins the hospital as a new pediatric physician in addition to his role as chief of the Department of Pediatrics at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine.
Dr. No stranger to New Orleans, Moulton previously chaired the Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition Section and Fellowship Program and served as Vice Chair for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the LSU Health New Orleans Department of Pediatrics. He was also Gastroenterology Service Line Chief at Children’s Hospital New Orleans and Director of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Program.
“We are pleased to welcome Dr. Moulton back to New Orleans to lead the Department of Pediatrics at LSU Health New Orleans and to serve as the Chief Pediatrician for Children’s Hospital,” said John R. Nickens IV, President and CEO of Children’s Hospital New Orleans. “Dr. Moulton brings great pediatric expertise, hands-on experience and passion to his work. We look forward to advancing children’s health with his leadership and the continued commitment of the entire Department of Pediatrics.”
Dr. Moulton is currently a professor of pediatrics at Atrium Health in Charlotte, North Carolina, and previously served on the faculty of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine where he was associate medical director for Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.
Dr. Moulton earned his medical degree at the University of South Carolina, completed his pediatric residency at Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital in Columbia, and both clinical and research fellowships in gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition at St. Louis Children’s Hospital-Washington University. Dr. Moulton, a recipient of National Institutes of Health and Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation grants and industry contracts, has conducted clinical trials, performed genetic analysis of children with inflammatory bowel disease, and evaluated a multianalytical biomarker to distinguish ulcerative colitis from Crohn’s disease in children.
“We are very pleased that Louisiana’s children and families will once again reap the benefits of Dr. Moulton’s extensive expertise,” said Dr. Richard DiCarlo, acting dean of the LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine. “His demonstrated academic excellence in clinical service and program development, education, and clinical and translational research will improve outcomes for patients. As an exceptional mentor with leadership development skills, Dr. Moulton will also contribute to a more diverse, equitable and inclusive workforce of physician leaders.”
The addition of Dr. Moulton is another win in an impressive line of recently recruited providers by Children’s Hospital New Orleans. In recent years, the hospital has added more than 200 pediatric providers to its medical staff, many from top children’s hospitals across the country. “It is easy for aspiring physicians to align with the mission of Children’s Hospital New Orleans, and they see their ability to make a tangible, positive impact for the children and families we serve. We are excited to see top pediatric talent like Dr. Moulton choose to move to New Orleans, especially the children’s hospital, to be part of building a better future for children, says Nickens.
The LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine has based its Department of Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital New Orleans since 2005 when the post-Hurricane Katrina floods inundated its downtown New Orleans campus. The strategic move ensured continuity of care through such a devastating time, and the close partnership has grown and flourished ever since.
Both LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine and Children’s Hospital New Orleans look forward to welcoming Dr. Moulton when he takes up his new role in February 2023.