The Best Pediatricians and Specialists in New Orleans {Reader Recommended}

Disclaimer: Medical decisions are extremely personal, and we encourage everyone to do their own research in choosing a doctor. Additionally, this list is in no way an endorsement of any specific provider. We copied the quotes verbatim from our Facebook page and are unable to verify accuracy of the providers’ personalities or their ability to perform specific procedures.    

Most Recommended Pediatricians in New Orleans 

Finding a pediatrician can be a daunting task. Whatever the reason, whether you are new to the area, new to parenthood or if your favorite doctor moves away, finding a pediatrician or pediatric specialist is a big decision. We often rely on the recommendations of trusted friends or family members. Since we consider our lovely readers our friends, we are publishing your recommendations for wonderful pediatricians in the New Orleans and surrounding areas.


Napoleon Pediatrics (New Orleans)

Dr. Estes

Dr. Heller: “Personable with you and your kids.”

Dr. Senentz

Metairie Pediatrics (Metairie)

Dr. Culbertson: “Highly recommend.”

Dr. Morici

Dr. Oliver

Pelican Pediatric Physicians (Metairie and LaPlace)

Dr. Hinz

Dr. Lawrence: “She has a great personality that works well with younger children and teens.”

Dr. Michel

Lakeside Children’s (Metairie)

Dr. Bracey

Dr. Kappel: “He is great! He doesn’t rush you, he goes into detail so you completely understand everything.”

Dr. Neumann: “Love her!”

Dr. Zander: “My daughter was born prematurely and Dr. Z has managed her care perfectly.”

Hales Pediatrics (New Orleans)

Dr. Gorman

Dr. Hales

Dr. Milvid

Dr. Oates

Collins Pediatrics (Metairie)

Dr. Hernandez

Dr. Glasgow

Dr. Kingston

Carousel Pediatrics (Metairie)

Dr. McLean

Dr. Radamacher: “Great doctor!”

Dr. Treadway

West Side Pediatrics (Marrero)

Dr. Bostick Jr.

Dr. Leone

Dr. Sampson

Dr. Vigour

Dr. Watts

Tulane Health Center (New Orleans)

Dr. Cummings

Dr. Dise

Ochsner Children’s (Multiple Locations)

Dr. Bettencourt

Dr. Bronfin

Dr. Depaula

Dr. Defusco

Dr. Glick: “She’s great!”

Dr. Granier: “Wonderful with my kids, and always supportive of my parenting choices.”

Dr. Haydel

Dr. Kantrow

Dr. Peterson

Dr. Reymond

Dr. Reed, Crescent City Pediatrics (New Orleans)

Dr. Danna, Sunrise Pediatrics (Metairie): “Love love love him, and the nurses!”

Dr. Foti, Cypress Pediatrics (Kenner)

Dr. Poree-Turner, Kids First Mid City (New Orleans)

Dr. Capone, Lake Vista Pediatrics (Lakeview and Northshore): “Fantastic! Supports alternative vaccine schedule.” 

Dr. DeFrank, Rainbow Pediatrics (LaPlace)

Dr. LeBlanc, LeBlanc Pediatrics (Northshore)

Dr. Li, Li Pediatrics (Lakeview)

Pediatric Specialists


Dr. Paris (New Orleans)

Dr. Sorensen (New Orleans)

Dr. Montelibano (Jefferson)

Dr. Carlson (Metairie)

Dr. Schneider (Hammond)

Dr. Harvey (Harahan and Baton Rouge)


Dr. Lilje (New Orleans)

Dr. Ascuitto (New Orleans) “Hands down the best in our area.”

Dr. Mulder (Multiple Locations)

Dr. Yang (Metairie)


Dr. Keith (New Orleans)

Dr. Firestone-Baum (Jefferson)

Dr. Fortgang (New Orleans)


Dr. Greene (New Orleans)

Dr. Weimer (New Orleans)

Dr. Africk (Jefferson)

Dr. Bui (Jefferson)

Dr. Hollman (Baton Rouge)


Dr. Eustis (New Orleans, Jefferson)

Dr. Leon (New Orleans)

Dr. Ellis (New Orleans)

Dr. Balkin (New Orleans)


Dr. Gonzales (New Orleans)

Dr. King (New Orleans)

Dr. Heinrich (New Orleans)

Dr. Sisco-Wise (Jefferson)


Dr. Roth (New Orleans) “Can’t say enough good things about him!”

Dr. Ortenberg (New Orleans)

Miscellaneous Specialists

Dr. Vargas, Endocrinologist (New Orleans)

Dr. Levine, Pulmonologist (New Orleans) “Listens to moms because he knows we know our children best”  

Dr. Poole, Dermatologist (Metairie)

Dr. Dimitriades, Rheumatologist (New Orleans)

After Hours Clinics

Children’s Hospital After Hours (Metairie) Learn more here.

And I *think* that’s everyone! Please let me know if you would like me to add your favorite physician to the list by emailing me at {myndee at neworleansmomsblog dot com}



Myndee is a 35ish year old New Orleans area native. She's an author, speaker and self-love advocate. As an introverted extrovert, Myndee loves being part of the generation where most of her friends live in her computer. She and her husband, Luis, live just outside the city with their three kids.


  1. Oh, I cannot say enough kind words about Dr. Pamela Richard at Ochsner Northshore. She is just a wonderful pediatrician. My boys love her and look forward to their visits with her.

    Also within the same practice is Dr. Aaron Karlin. He has brought so much attention to the dangers associated with concussions and started a concussion management program through Ochsner. I have a friend who’s child benefited from the baseline testing which he was required to complete before he began any contact sports at his high school.

  2. Dr. Li (formerly with Lake Vista Pediatrics, now has her own practice) is absolutely amazing! She is very encouraging of a more ‘natural’ parenting approach, even recommending herbal remedies for non-serious issues (thrush). She is also supportive of a delayed vaccine schedule. Most importantly, she always takes as much time as we need, and explains things very thoroughly. Kindest, most wonderful doctor I have ever been to!

    • For ENT, we used Drs. Ilgenfritz and Worley, right across the hall from Hales Pediatrics. We really liked them both, and the tubes surgery went great.

  3. I can not say enough good things about Dr. Diane Africk. She is a neurologist. I’m so grateful she ordered that MRI for us. My son was dx with a brain tumor at 16. We also went to Dr. Vargas, who is an endo doctor. He was so caring and took so much time with us each visit. Hopefully you won’t need these doctors, but if you do, they are the best in the field.

  4. Dr. Gastañaduy at in Metairie! He’s friendly, caring and just great with babies and kids. My baby lights up when he sees him! He’s also great with us as parents. He listens carefully to any concerns, and takes his time explaining everything, so you never feel rushed. I’m always referring my friends to him!


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