Raju Thomas, M.D.
Professor and Chairman of Urology
Chief of Endourology, Laparoscopy, and Stone Disease
Head of the Tulane Prostate Cancer Program
Tulane Cancer Center Contributing Member
1430 Tulane Ave, SL-42, New Orleans, LA 70112-2699
Dr. Thomas was named Chair of the Department of Urology at Tulane University Medical Center in New Orleans, Louisiana, effective March 1, 1996. Dr. Thomas served as Interim Chairman from January 1, 1994 to February 29, 1996. He is also a Professor of Urology and the Residency Program Director for the Department of Urology. Dr. Thomas obtained his medical degree from the University of Bombay, India in 1975 and subsequently graduated in 1982 from the Urology residency program at Tulane University School of Medicine. He completed a fellowship program at the Tulane Primate Center co-sponsored by the American Urological Association and the National Kidney Foundation (1979-1980). Dr. Thomas' primary interests are in endourology, laparoscopy, lithotripsy and diseases of the prostate. He is the Medical Director of the Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy (ESWL) Training Program at Tulane. He has pioneered several innovative endoscopic and surgical procedures and developed the principles for their use. He also has significant experience in such innovative procedures as ureteroscopic retrograde endopyelotomy and urological laparoscopy, and he has promoted radical perineal prostatectomy in conjunction with laparoscopy as a minimally morbid alternative for management of prostate cancer. His career has been dedicated to finding minimally invasive therapy alternatives to urologic surgery. His experience has earned him a place in advanced continuing medical education programs around the U.S. and the world, and he has won a place in the "Best Doctors in America" listing. He continues to be on the faculty list for postgraduate courses at the annual meeting of the American Urological Association. Dr. Thomas has authored over 100 scientific articles, abstracts, and book chapters. He is a member of several national and international scientific societies and is a peer reviewer of several urologic journals.