James R. White, Jr., MD

Dr. Jimmy White was born and raised in Lafayette, Louisiana. He attended Our Lady of Fatima School, followed by St. Thomas More High School where he graduated as a Valedictorian. He then attended the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and was a member of the Ragin’ Cajuns Baseball team. He graduated from UL with Summa Cum Laude Honors and finished at the top of his class.

Thereafter, he pursued his medical studies at the LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans. Notably, he was his medical school class president, was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, and was awarded the Sidney S. Guyol & Jay G. Chetta Endowment Scholarship for high scholastic record and high moral and ethical standards. In addition, during graduation he received the School of Medicine’s Dean’s Award, the George Karam AOA Excellence in Teaching Award, and the George Lyon’s Excellence in Otolaryngology Award.

After graduation, he was one of four residents amongst hundreds of applicants worldwide to be accepted into the prestigious Department of Otorhinolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery at The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.  During his training, the program was ranked as the best ENT department in the country. He completed a 5-year residency under the mentorship of some of the most nationally and internationally renowned Otolaryngologists in their specialty. In addition to gaining unique skill sets and comprehensive and complex ENT surgical training, he authored and published multiple scientific journal articles.  He also presented his research across the world at conferences in Brighton, England and Paris, France.  As a fourth-year resident, he was selected by his peers as the Resident Representative to the department. During graduation, he was awarded the Chief Resident Teacher of the Year Award as voted on by his colleagues.

After completing his residency in 2016 at Mayo Clinic, he became board certified in Otolaryngology and Head & Neck surgery, and moved back home to start his practice.  In his first year of practice, he was the first surgeon to perform cochlear implantation in Lafayette, and he was also the first surgeon to perform Transoral Robotic Surgery for tonsil and base of tongue cancers in Lafayette. In 2018, he was voted Times of Acadiana Best Doctor.

While he enjoys a diverse practice across the entire spectrum of general ENT, he has interests in nasal airway and sinus surgery, pediatric care, head and neck cancer, parotid masses, thyroid and parathyroid surgery, transoral robotic surgery, and cochlear implantation.

Dr. White has started the Head & Neck Cancer Service Line at Ochsner Lafayette General, and he also sits on the Our Lady of Lourdes Foundation Board which strives to provide charitable healthcare programs and services to those most in need in Acadiana.  He also serves as adjunct faculty for the LSU ENT Department, and assists in teaching the ENT residents.

When Dr. White is away from his practice, he is spending as much time as he can with his family and friends.  He is lucky and blessed to have married his beautiful wife Elizabeth and to have had four children: Evelyn, Liam, and twins Emory and Ellington.  He enjoys coaching flag football, baseball, and even attending dance reviews.

He is honored and humbled to serve the community he grew up in and loves so much.

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