Dr. Jeffrey Rouse was born and raised in New Orleans. He attended Jesuit High School and graduated as valedictorian in 1992. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Duke University in 1996, received his M.D. from Georgetown University in 2000, and completed training and board certification in adult psychiatry and forensic psychiatry at Tulane University. He currently is the elected Coroner of Orleans Parish, Louisiana and an Assistant Professor of Forensic Psychiatry at Tulane University.
Elected in 2014, he is the first new Coroner in over 40 years for New Orleans. He is responsible for leading an office tasked with the most medicolegal death, sexual assault, and mental health investigations in the state. Prior to his election, he was Chief Deputy Coroner in New Orleans, overseeing psychiatric commitments of persons who are considered dangerous to themselves or others, ensuring both the patient’s civil rights and safety for the patients and for society.
He also works at Grace Outreach Center, a group home in Central City for men with mental illness and substance abuse who are reintegrating themselves into society after criminal charges. Prior to that, he conceived and led the New Orleans FACT team, making house calls by himself on New Orleans psychiatric patients to keep them stable and prevent them ending up in hospitals or jail.
During Hurricane Katrina, he broke back into his hometown of New Orleans on his own and established a disaster medical clinic on Canal Street, treating citizens and the first responders who were rescuing them. For these efforts, he was awarded the 2007 Bruno Lima Award for Excellence in Disaster Psychiatry by the American Psychiatric Association and a Commendation from the New Orleans City Council. Advocating for the reestablishment of medical and mental health infrastructure since the storm, he has testified in front of the United States Senate, the Louisiana Legislature, and the New Orleans City Council. He has been interviewed by CNN, BBC, the New York Times, the Times-Picayune, the Advocate, multiple local television stations and was interviewed in Spike Lee’s If God is Willing and Da’ Creek Don’t Rise.
Jeffrey C. Rouse, M.D.