James Aiken, MD, MHA

Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine
Section of Emergency Medicine


Director of Homeland Defense Program

1615 Poydras Street
Suite 1400
New Orleans, LA 70112
504.903.0838  Phone
504.568.5701  FAX


MD - 1979
Louisiana State University School of Medicine
New Orleans, LA

MHA - 2000
Tulane University School of Public Health


Dr. Aiken completed his internship at Charity Hospital in New Orleans in 1980. He then accepted the position of Medical Director of EMS Services for St. Bernard Parish, a post which he held until 1988. He also worked as a staff physician in the Emergency Department at Chalmette Medical Center in Chalmette, Louisiana from 1980 to 1998. Following that time, he spent three years as Medical Director of the Emergency Department at Elmwood Medical Center and five years as Medical Director of the Emergency Department at Touro Infirmary.

Currently, Dr. Aiken serves as Associate Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine for the LSU Residency Program in Emergency Medicine, Associate Clinical Professor of Public Health for the LSU Health Science Center School of Public Health, and Director of the LSU School of Public Health Homeland Defense Programs. He is also on the faculty of the FEMA Noble Training Academy in Anniston, Alabama and is often invited to speak on emergency preparedness.

Dr. Aiken is board certified in Emergency Medicine.

Committees & Administrative Responsibilities

New Orleans Local Emergency Preparedness Committee

New Orleans Metropolitan Medical Response System Grant
   Executive Committee

LA Dept of Health and Hospital Bureau of EMS
   EMS Clinical Care Committee
   Primary Care Case Management Advisory Group
   State Episurveillance Committe

US DHHS Bioterrorism Hospital Preparedness Grant
   Rep to LA executive committee for LSU hospitals
   Louisiana HRSA Bioterrorism Grant Advisory Committee