THE ICON: Dr. Alton Ochsner Sr.
THE LEGACY: The sprawling Ochsner medical complex on Jefferson Highway is the most tangible legacy of Dr. Alton Ochsner Sr. He and four other physicians had the vision in 1942 to band together for the South’s first group medical practice. That grew into what is today the Ochsner Health System, which extends across the metro area. But Dr. Ochsner’s early understanding that smoking caused lung cancer and his lifelong work to educate patients and shame the government into action is perhaps his greatest achievement.
THE ARTIST: Saegan Swanson, WhereYart.net
THE INSPIRATION: “If there were one tenth the evidence that the Brooklyn Bridge was unsafe for traffic as there is that cancer of the lung is caused by cigarette smoking, the Brooklyn Bridge would be closed to traffic within 24 hours until it could be determined whether it was safe.” — Dr. Ochsner, quoted in a 1999 article in The Ochsner Journal