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Welcome to the Department of Surgery at Tulane University School of Medicine. One of the oldest academic surgical departments in the United States, the historic accomplishments of our faculty and residents are well-known throughout the world. Combining tradition with cutting-edge technology, and the enthusiastic spirit of advancing surgical sciences, the Tulane Department of Surgery is a respected choice for patients seeing the best in comprehensive healthcare, and for fellows, students and residents determined to learn and contribute to the future of surgery.

The Department of Surgery is comprised of eight divisions:  General Surgery, Gastrointestinal Surgery, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Endocrine Surgery, Pediatric Surgery, Pediatric Heart Surgery, Abdominal Organ Transplant (Liver-Kidney-Pancreas), and Trauma and Critical Care Surgery.  Within these divisions are multiple sub-specialties as well as initiatives devoted to surgical research and medical education. Our surgeons provide care at Tulane Medical Center in New Orleans, LA and Tulane Hospital – Lakeside in Metairie, LA, and our residents rotate across facilities located throughout Louisiana in order to gain diverse and exceptional surgical experience.

We are proud of the people who make up our Department of Surgery team, from staff to residents, fellows, and faculty. I invite you to explore our website, and to contact any member of our department should you wish to learn more.


 What's New?

  • All Tulane Surgery Educational Conferences are canceled this Friday, July 3rd.

  • Ronald Weigel, MD, PHD, MBA, Chair of the Department of Surgery at Iowa University, was this year's Theodore Drapanas Visiting Professor.  He presented "Insights Into The Biology Of Breast Cancer And The Impact On Clinical Care"
    Dr. Weigel is a Surgical Oncologist with a special focus in Endocrine and Breast Surgery.

  • The Department of Surgery was well represented at the LA-ACS/SAL 2015 Annual Meeting that was held January 16 - 18, 2015 in New Orleans.  Many of our faculty, residents and researchers gave presentations.

  • Dr. Rebecca Schroll, Assistant Professor of Surgery, presented "Military To Civilian Experience - A Preliminary Multi-Institutional Analysis of Pre-Hospital Tourniqet Use" this past January at the Annual Scientific Assembly in Florida.  Recently in March she presented "The Role of CTA in the Management of Zone 2 Penetrating Neck Trauma in Patients Presenting With Clinical Hard Signs" at the Western Trauma Association Conference in Colorado.

  • Fourth year honor surgery medical student, Jason Gauthier's, manuscript "Trocar Site Metastasis Following Robotic Oophorectomy For Ovarian Cancer: A Case Report And Review Of The Literature" has been accepted for publication by the Journal of the Louisiana State Medical Society and is currently in press.

  • Jennifer Turney, MD, HO-IV Tulane Surgery Resident, presented two abstracts at the 2014 Annual Scientific Assembly of the Southern Medical Association in Destin, Florida.  The abstracts presented were:
    • Current Diagnosis and Management of Hemobilia: A Literature Review

    • Peripheral Inserted Catheters Versus Central Venous Catheters: An Evaluation on Safe Central Venous Access in the Clinical Arena

  • Book Chronicles Department of Surgery's Storied History
    "Innovation and Perseverance: A History of the Tulane University Department of Surgery", chronicles the department's storied past. The book looks at the history of the department from its founding in 1835 to present day, with a special focus on the days and weeks following Hurricane Katrina. Written by Dr. Matthew D. Zelhart and Dr. Douglas P. Slakey