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Gerald “Gerry” Cvitanovich, M.D., Coroner

Dr. Gerry Cvitanovich began his career as an emergency staff physician for EMSA Limited Partnership in May 1989. He also worked as a Ship’s Physician for Norwegian Cruise Line and American Hawaii Cruise Line.

In 1992, Dr. Cvitanovich joined the Emergency Department staff at East Jefferson General Hospital. In addition to working in the ER, he served as Medical Director of East Jefferson General Hospital’s Wound Center from 2002 to 2007, as well as three terms on the Medical Executive Committee at East Jefferson General Hospital. In 2002, Cvitanovich founded East Jefferson After Hours Urgent Care Centers and in 2005 he co-founded Millennium Healthcare. In 2010, Dr. Cvitanovich served on the Physician’s Advisory Board of the Joint Commission (JCAHO). Dr. Cvitanovich also served three terms on the Board of Directors of the New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau. After four years as Deputy Coroner, Dr. Cvitanovich was elected coroner of Jefferson Parish without opposition for the term beginning March 2012.

Dr. Cvitanovich is a 1978 graduate of Jesuit High School. In 1982, he earned a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Tulane University and went on to attend medical school at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. Upon receiving his Doctor of Medicine, Dr. Cvitanovich completed a Family Practice Residency at Earl K. Long Hospital in Baton Rouge and became board-certified in Family Practice.

Dr. Cvitanovich was born in Vancouver, Canada. He, his Croatian-immigrant parents and his brother immigrated to the U.S. when he was two years old, where they founded Drago’s Seafood Restaurant in 1969. Dr. Gerry and his wife, Heidi, have four young children: Maya, Caroline, Kacie and Little Drago.