Get to know Louisiana native Dr. Blake LeBlanc, categorical medicine intern and cajun cooking connoisseur.
Tell us about you.
I grew up in Breaux Bridge, LA (Crawfish Capital of the World!) and went to University of Louisiana at Lafayette for undergrad. I worked for 7 years at a Cajun restaurant in Breaux Bridge during high school and college, and subsequently went to medical school at LSU Shreveport. I enjoy eating at new restaurants, playing bass guitar, cooking, and spending time with family and friends!
Why did you choose UMMC for residency?
I chose UMMC to do my residency for many reasons. The camaraderie among the residents is unparalleled. Even in virtual interviews, this was apparent. It truly feels like we are one large family. Additionally, the quality of training is remarkable. In the few months I’ve been at UMMC, I’ve taken care of plenty of rare and uncommon diseases!
What could you give a 40 minute presentation on with absolutely no preparation?
How to cook gumbo/making boudin or Queen’s music
What are some small things that make your day better?
Seeing my co-interns and residents in the hospital, making time to cook, watching Whose Line is it Anyway, going for a run, actually remembering to pre-set my coffee pot
What profession would you have chosen if you weren’t a physician?
Restaurant owner. My original major at UL Lafayette was actually restaurant management!