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Why You Should Find a Pediatrician with a Great Personality

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Meet Pediatrician Nicholas Algu, MD

In Ochsner's video series, "Behind the White Coat," we take a peek into the lives of Ochsner Health physicians, like Nicholas Algu, MD, a pediatrician at Ochsner Health Center - Old Metairie.

Dr. Algu was born and raised in Thibodaux, Louisiana. In his free time, Dr. Algu enjoys fishing, seafood, being outdoors and New Orleans Saints football. Dr. Algu describes himself as easygoing, and as a pediatrician, humor and having fun also play a role in who he is and how he cares for kids. Dr. Algu channels his inner child by enjoying a bowl of cereal and some Saturday morning cartoons. Dr. Algu said, "Working with kids all day, you have to have a sense of humor and not take things too seriously."

Dr. Algu is board-certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is passionate about keeping kids healthy. While Dr. Algu is seeing his patients, he says it is important to direct his questions to the kids so they can feel comfortable and understand what he is doing. He says building trust is an important part of his practice; if patients are not comfortable around their care provider, they may not be willing to share their concerns. "When you see someone over and over, over the course of years, building relationships is one of the biggest things you can do."

Why choose Ochsner for pediatric care?

U.S. News & World Report has consistently ranked Ochsner Children's among the country's Top 50 Children's Hospitals. Ochsner Pediatrics offers a level of pediatric care unmatched in Louisiana and Mississippi for everything from well-child check-ups and immunizations to cancer care and heart transplants. 

Pediatricians at Ochsner Children's are focused on the care, diagnosis and treatment of children from birth to 18 years of age. Our general pediatricians and their staff are committed to enhancing the health and well-being of all our tiniest patients. Our pediatric team prides itself on establishing lasting relationships with our patients, their parents and their families. We help parents manage their child's health through prevention and education. As your child's physician and advocate, our pediatricians focus on your child's healthcare needs. Our physicians are specially trained to solve complex diagnostic problems and manage chronic illnesses. When other medical specialists are needed, our general pediatricians collaborate and coordinate to serve as consultants in your child's care.

Schedule an appointment with Dr. Nicholas Algu.

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