2016 Alumnus of the Year: Dr. Warren Bourgeois III of the Class of 1974
Bourgeois Will Be Honored at Homecoming Mass on Saturday, October 1, at 5 PM
Dr. Warren R. Bourgeois III of the Class of 1974 has been named Alumnus of the Year of Jesuit High School for 2016. The award is given annually to an outstanding alumnus who is recognized for his achievements and distinguished service, either to Jesuit or the community-at-large, and in many instances, both. In making the announcement, school president Fr. Anthony McGinn said, “I am so grateful to Warren for his dedication to Jesuit. He has made a difference for us and the larger community in many ways. His commitment to service as Jesuit’s team physician for more than 20 years has been very impressive.”
Thinking back on the moment Fr. McGinn told him the news, Bourgeois said, “I was speechless at first, then overwhelmed. My eyes welled up, and it took a few minutes for me to compose myself.” When asked what Jesuit has meant to him, he said, “Jesuit High School has been one of the foundations of my life’s work. Jesuit gave me a solid educational background, the mental discipline, and the organizational skills that allowed me to excel academically in college and medical school. My experience as a student with the Thanksgiving drive and senior service project helped form my compassion for those in need of my medical talents.”
After graduating from Jesuit in 1974, Bourgeois remained in the city at Tulane first earning a bachelor of science in chemical engineering degree in 1978 and then a medical degree in 1982. His internship was at Charity Hospital of New Orleans and his residency in orthopedic surgery was at Tulane and Charity Hospital. His medical career has centered on orthopedic surgery with several metro area hospitals. Currently Bourgeois is on the active staff at Ochsner Baptist Medical Center, East Jefferson General Hospital, and Jefferson Ambulatory Surgery Center. He has been in practice at Audubon Orthopedics and Sports Medicine since returning to New Orleans in 1991 after his service in the Air Force.
From 1978 to 1987, Bourgeois served as a major in the United States Air Force Medical Corps Reserves. In 1987 he went on active duty for four years during which he was deployed in support of Operation Desert Storm.
Through his career Bourgeois has served in a leadership role of numerous departments and services, such as Ochsner Baptist Medical Center Governing Board, East Jefferson General Hospital’s Specialties for Clinical Integration Committee, and the Ochsner Baptist Medical Center Medical Executive Committee. Also, he currently serves on the Board of Advisors for Tulane University School of Science & Engineering. Bourgeois was one of the original appointed commissioners and still serves on the Jefferson Parish Compliance and Ethics Commission, which hired and oversees the Jefferson Parish Inspector General.
At Jesuit High School, Bourgeois dedicated himself to the care of the school’s student-athletes from 1991 to 2012 and still assists as necessary. “ ‘Dedicated’ certainly is the word I first think of when I think of Dr. Bourgeois,” said school athletic director Dave Moreau. “Our athletes have benefitted greatly from his attention and care.”
Bourgeois himself values the opportunity to give back to Jesuit. “I feel privileged to have been a team physician for my alma mater for 21 years. Giving back and service to others are two principles that were encouraged when I was a student at Jesuit but that have become real to me later in my career.” Bourgeois has indeed dedicated himself to using his skills to help others. Since 2006 he has been on eight medical missions to Central and South America, and since 2008 he has served on the New Orleans Medical Mission Services Advisory Board.
While Bourgeois has given back to his school in service to the athletic program, he has also supported the school’s efforts to offer a meaningful environment for students and the entire school community. When he heard of then-president Fr. Raymond Fitzgerald’s plan for renovating the Holy Name Chapel, he and his wife, Dr. Usha Ramadhyani Bourgeois, quickly assumed the role of lead donors in the form of a named gift for the beautiful central stained-glass dome. “Fr. Fitzgerald’s enthusiasm and dedication to Jesuit High School in general and to the chapel renovation in particular cannot be overstated,” Bourgeois said.
Being a team physician and a parent of a Blue Jay has given Bourgeois a perspective on the Jesuit of today and tomorrow. “My time as a parent of a Jesuit student, then being here to witness the school’s remarkable recovery after Katrina showed me that the tradition and legacy of Jesuit High School must be here for future generations.”
Warren and Usha have been married for 31 years. They have two children, son Jason, a 2004 graduate of Jesuit, and daughter Camille.
Bourgeois will receive the Alumnus of the Year award during Jesuit’s Homecoming Mass on October 1 in the Chapel of the North American Martyrs on the campus of Jesuit High School.